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Designer:  James Hadley; Manufacturer: Worcester Royal Porcelain Company | Teapot | 1882 | Baltimore Museum of Art

Designer: James Hadley; Manufacturer: Worcester Royal Porcelain Company | Teapot | 1882 | Baltimore Museum of Art

Artstor and the Baltimore Museum of Art are now sharing more than 2,500 images of works from the permanent collection, including the historical Cone Collection, in the Digital Library.

The Baltimore Museum of Art has an internationally recognized collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. It is best known for the Cone Collection of 3,000 objects bequeathed by Claribel and Etta Cone, two Baltimore sisters who collected 500 works by Henri Matisse, as well as masterpieces by Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh.

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artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor and the Mott-Warsh Collection have made available more than 300 images of artwork by over 125 artists of the African Diaspora. Focusing on art produced after 1940, the Mott-Warsh Collection contains work from major figures and underrepresented artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Ron Adams, Faith Ringgold, Richard Yarde, Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, Howardena Pindell, and Whitfield Lovell.

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Katsushika Hokusai | Drum Bridge at Tenjin Shrine, No. 7 from series Wondrous Views of Famous Bridges in All the Provinces | Smith College Museum of Art

Katsushika Hokusai | Drum Bridge at Tenjin Shrine, No. 7 from series Wondrous Views of Famous Bridges in All the Provinces | Smith College Museum of Art

ARTstor has collaborated with the Smith College Museum of Art to share an additional 4,900 images from the museum’s permanent collection, bringing the total to more than 8,000 images in the Digital Library. The Smith College Museum of Art has one of the nation’s finest teaching collections with approximately 22,000 objects. Encyclopedic in scope, the permanent collection has strengths in European and American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as holdings in Asian, African, and Latin American art and Classical antiquities. Of particular note is the depth and quality of the museum’s collections of prints, drawings, and photographs, more than 17,000 of which are housed at the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

The Smith College Museum of Art was founded with the Smith College in 1875. In 2003, the Brown Fine Arts Center — a complex housing the museum, as well as Smith College’s Department of Art and Hillyer Art Library — was renovated and expanded by Polshek Partnership. The Atrium of the Brown Fine Arts Center is decorated with a 43-foot long mural by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, “Nature and the Artist: The Work of Art and the Observer,” which was originally commissioned by the college in 1943.

View the collection in the Digital Library: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/smith

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Smith College Museum of Art page.

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Romare Bearden | Pittsburgh Memory; 1964 | Art © Estate of Romare Bearden / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. This work of art is protected by copyright and/or related rights and may not be reproduced in any manner, except as permitted under the ARTstor Digital Library Terms and Conditions of Use, without the prior express written authorization of VAGA, Tel.: 212-736-6666; Fax: 212-736-6767, email: info@vagarights.com.

Romare Bearden | Pittsburgh Memory, 1964 | Art © Estate of Romare Bearden / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. This work of art is protected by copyright and/or related rights and may not be reproduced in any manner, except as permitted under the ARTstor Digital Library Terms and Conditions of Use, without the prior express written authorization of VAGA, Tel.: 212-736-6666; Fax: 212-736-6767, email: info@vagarights.com.

ARTstor and the Romare Bearden Foundation have collaborated to share nearly 800 images of works by American artist Romare Bearden in the Digital Library. These works represent the breadth of Bearden’s enormous output, from his early paintings executed in a range of styles to his pioneering collage work, which highlights his unique combination of painting and collage materials drawn from popular sources. Throughout, Bearden’s art displays his deep engagement with the African American community and the Civil Rights movement.

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Paul Klee | Printed Sheet with Picture; 1937 | Image and original data provided by The Phillips Collection | © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Paul Klee | Printed Sheet with Picture; 1937 | Image and original data provided by The Phillips Collection | © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

ARTstor and the Phillips Collection have collaborated to release nearly 1,000 additional images in the Digital Library. The release includes images of works by artists such as Aaron Siskind, August Sander, Marjorie Phillips, Duncan Phillips, Alfonso Ossorio, Morris Louis, Seymour Lipton, Oskar Kokoschka, John Graham, Lee Friedlander, and Arthur Davies.

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Alfred Jacob Miller | Roasting The Hump Rib, 1858-1860 | The Walters Art Museum

Alfred Jacob Miller | Roasting The Hump Rib, 1858-1860 | The Walters Art Museum

May is National Barbecue Month, allegedly. Why the hedging? Because the closest to an official citation we could find was this post on the USDA blog from 2012. But we’ll go with it because a) it gives us the excuse to post this mid-19th century watercolor from The Walters Art Museum, b) we like barbecue, and c) it’s close to lunchtime.

View this image in the ARTstor Digital Library to read the metadata, which includes the artist’s mouthwatering description of how the ribs are cooked.

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Karen Finley | A Woman’s Life Isn’t Worth Much | 5/18/1990 | Originally at Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

Karen Finley | A Woman’s Life Isn’t Worth Much | 5/18/1990 | Originally at Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time to highlight the work of Karen Finley, a world-renowned performance artist, author, and playwright whose work has addressed issues such as sexuality, abuse, and American politics from an uncompromising feminist perspective.

Finley came to national attention when her 1990 grant application to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was vetoed, along those of three other artists, because the content of her work was considered inappropriate. The artists sued and ultimately lost a Supreme Court appeal, but Finley was not deterred. As her struggles with the NEA were already in full swing in 1990, Franklin Furnace—in a bold move, as the organization itself was partly funded by the NEA—presented her installation, A Woman’s Life Isn’t Worth Much.

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Jacob Lawrence | The Migration of the Negro Panel no. 3 | 1940 – 1941 |Image and original data provided by The Museum of Modern Art. © 2008 Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jacob Lawrence | The Migration of the Negro, panel no. 3 | 1940 – 1941 |Image and original data provided by The Museum of Modern Art. © 2008 Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Last year, we marked Black History month with a summary of some of the excellent resources on Black History available in the ARTstor Digital Library, including many collections that cover African art and culture. This year, we expand the list to include a variety of additional resources that focus on the lives and achievements of African Americans in particular.

Collections

Unidentified | African American woman and sweet peas | ca. 1920 | George Eastman House; eastmanhouse.org

Unidentified | African American woman and sweet peas | ca. 1920 | George Eastman House; eastmanhouse.org

Panos Pictures The independent photo agency specializes in documentary images of critical social issues, including thousands of images from the United States, many of them tackling issues affecting the lives of African Americans.

Milton Rogovin: Social Documentary Photographs Rogovin began his first photographic series in 1958 documenting African-American store front churches in Buffalo, NY, and would go on to record many other topics surrounding the black community.

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery (Scripps College) The Gallery includes the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection, which has a special focus on art by women and African-Americans, including Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis, Faith Ringgold, and Alison Saar.

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Unknown (Japanese) | Seki station, No. 48, Tokaido Road series | Indianapolis Museum of Art; imamuseum.org |Image © Indianapolis Museum of Art

Unknown (Japanese) | Seki station, No. 48, Tokaido Road series | Indianapolis Museum of Art; imamuseum.org |Image © Indianapolis Museum of Art

ARTstor and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) have collaborated to share more than 2,000 images from its encyclopedic permanent collection in the Digital Library. This is the second installment of a projected total of 10,000 images.
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Through a collaboration with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Estate, ARTstor has made available an additional 831 images of Lichtenstein’s works in the Digital Library.

This fourth release of high-quality images of the artist’s work brings the total number of images in the Roy Lichtenstein collection to 2,002 images. (more…)

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