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artstor_logo_rgb2ARTstor and the Asia Art Archive (AAA) are now sharing 2,250 images of contemporary Asian art in the Digital Library. This is the first release of a projected 10,000 images from AAA’s extensive collection of material related to contemporary artists in several Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, India, and Pakistan, as well as artists of Asian descent active worldwide and artists of non-Asian descent living in Asia. Selections from the portfolios of individual artists will be included, materials from personal archives donated by artists, art historians, and critics, as well as documentation of contemporary art installations and art events (exhibitions, biennials, triennials, etc.) from across Asia.

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Left: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts: Sadanobu Threatening a Demon in the Palace at Night | 1889. Right: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts: The Ferocity of Tametomo Driving Away the Smallpox Demons | 1890.  Scripps College: Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery

Left: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts: Sadanobu Threatening a Demon in the Palace at Night | 1889. Right: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi | New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts: The Ferocity of Tametomo Driving Away the Smallpox Demons | 1890. Scripps College: Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery | Contact information: Kirk Delman, Registrar, 1030 Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA 91711, Tel: 909-607-3397, Fax: 909-607-4691, kdelman@scrippscollege.edu

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi is widely recognized as the last great master of Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” the main genre of Japanese woodblock printing (and a major source of inspiration for many modernist artists from Europe).

In his last series, New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts, the artist depicts a variety of spirits and magic animals from Japanese folk tales and history. As opposed to the morbidly graphic work that originally brought him fame, horror is mostly suggested in these works. Can you spot the subtle supernatural event in the print below?

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Mochica | Vessel with sea lion and feline(?) |  A.D. 500-750 | Image © Princeton University Art Museum

Mochica | Vessel with sea lion and feline(?) | A.D. 500-750 | Image © Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum and ARTstor are now sharing approximately 600 images from the museum’s encyclopedic collections in the Digital Library. This is the first release of an approximately 10,000 projected images.

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artstor_logo_rgb2ARTstor is collaborating with the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles to share 3,320 images of approximately 830 objects from the Fowler Museum’s Andean ceramics collection.

The Fowler Museum’s collections include more than 150,000 art and ethnographic objects and approximately 600,000 archaeological objects from ancient, traditional, and contemporary cultures around the world.

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Water jar |1880 | United States | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Water jar |1880 | United States | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The ARTstor Digital Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have collaborated to share more than 1,300 additional images of art and artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection.

This release includes photographs by Ansel Adams, Sugimoto Hiroshi, Man Ray, and Alfred Stieglitz; paintings by John Singleton Copley, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella; earthenware by SaraFina Gutierrez Tafoya and  Diego Romero; furniture by Charles Eames; dresses by Charles James and Geoffrey Beene; drawings by Silver Horn (Huangooah); and objects from the 5th century A.D. to the 20th century.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston houses a collection of 450,000 objects from around the world and across the ages. The Art of the Ancient World collection ranks among the premier encyclopedic collections in the world, representing more than 7,000 years of art from Nubia, Egypt, the Near East, Cyprus, Anatolia, Greece, and Italy. Also noteworthy are the museum’s holdings in Asian art, with works dating from 4,000 BC and encompassing Japanese, Chinese, and Indian painting and sculpture, Japanese prints and metalwork, and Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese ceramics. The American collections include Paul Revere’s silver, New England furniture, and a selection of paintings from all eras of America’s history.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Collection page.

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artstor_logo_rgb2ARTstor has reached an agreement with the Seattle Art Museum to make available an additional 1,000 images of world art from the museum’s permanent collection.

The new images will join the more than 2,700 images of highlights from the permanent collection currently available in the ARTstor Digital Library. The museum is renowned for its collection of Asian art, including works from Japan, China, Korea, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. Also notable are its holdings in African, American, European, modern and contemporary, Native and Meso-American, and Oceanic and Aboriginal art.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit ARTstor’s Seattle Art Museum collection page.

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India | Necklace | 18th century | Image and original data courtesy of Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

India | Necklace | 18th century | Image and original data courtesy of Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

ARTstor has released 100 new images of Islamic and South Asian art from the Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art in the Digital Library. The 500 images currently in the collection feature Indian jewelry and enamels; Syrian, Indian, Spanish, and Persian furniture, doors, and ceilings; Persian and Turkish tile panels and portable ceramics; and Central Asian, Persian, Turkish, and Indian textiles.

Duke developed a lifelong interest in Islamic art during her travels, particularly in decorative arts of the 17th through 19th centuries, especially those of the Ottoman, Mughal, Safavid, and Qajar dynasties, and she also commissioned art from contemporary Muslim artists. Over the course of nearly 60 years, Duke amassed approximately 3,500 objects, dating from 1500 BCE through the 20th century. Shangri La is owned and supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art as a center for Islamic arts and cultures.

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

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art page.

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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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Hindu | Cave 16 | ca. mid 6th to 8th century CE | Ellora, India | Cave Temples at Ellora, India, Collection; elloracaves.org

Hindu | Cave 16 | ca. mid 6th to 8th century CE | Ellora, India | Cave Temples at Ellora, India, Collection; elloracaves.org

ARTstor and Deepanjana Danda Klein have collaborated to release nearly 2,000 additional images of the rock-cut cave temples at Ellora in Maharashtra, India in the Digital Library. These 34 Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain caves were excavated from a two-kilometer stretch of rock cliff between the sixth and tenth centuries C.E. Klein’s work at Ellora represents the first systematic photographic campaign of the entire site, including photography of previously undocumented caves.

All photographs were taken by Arno Klein and annotations for these images are based on Professor Spink’s notes from the site. Klein is a Specialist in the Modern & Contemporary Indian Art Department at Christie’s. She has a Ph.D. in Indian art history from De Montfort University (DMU) and has taught art history, theory, and aesthetics at the School of Architecture at DMU, Leicester and at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies in Mumbai.

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Jingfan Wang | Working process 3 - Printing 14, 2010 | © Jingfan Wang, photograph by Zhuqing Ji

Jingfan Wang | Working process 3 – Printing 14, 2010 | © Jingfan Wang, photograph by Zhuqing Ji

ARTstor Digital Library and Jingfan Wang have collaborated to share 80 images of traditional Chinese copying, typesetting, and printing techniques.

The collection, photographed by Zhuquing Ji, offers a glimpse of an expert craftsman at work in the studio.

 

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