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Albert Winslow Barker, Girl with basket, 1910 or 1916. Bryn Mawr College: Albert Winslow Barker Collection

Albert Winslow Barker, Girl with basket, 1910 or 1916. Bryn Mawr College: Albert Winslow Barker Collection

Bryn Mawr College’s Albert Winslow Barker Collection in Shared Shelf Commons brings back to light the work of an unfairly neglected American lithographer of the 1930s and uncovers his little-known photographs. And there is much to admire.

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Katsushika Hokusai, Soccer, early 19th century, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin State Museums. Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz bpkgate.picturemaxx.com

Katsushika Hokusai, Soccer, early 19th century, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin State Museums. Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
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By all accounts, Americans are becoming enthusiastic about soccer in unprecedented numbers. Rumor even has it that a handful of Artstor employees may have sneaked into a conference room yesterday to watch the US team confront Germany (though, when asked about the story, everyone seemed too busy with work to comment).

Of course, the game has long been popular around the world, as you can see from this slideshow of images ranging from the 17th to the 20th century, and from countries including Italy, France, Japan, Ghana, and yes, the United States.

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Reginald Marsh, Wonderland Circus, Sideshow Coney Island, 1930, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, a division of Florida State University. © 2008 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Reginald Marsh, Wonderland Circus, Sideshow Coney Island, 1930, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, a division of Florida State University. © 2008 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

When the weather starts getting unbearable New Yorkers—Artstor staff included—flock to the boardwalks of Brooklyn’s Coney Island or Rockaway Beach in Queens.

This ritual is nothing new and was, in fact, one of the pet subjects of Reginald Marsh (1898 –1954), an American artist famous for his paintings of New York City in the ’20s and ’30s. His city scenes are remarkable for their palpable sense of movement—bodies walk or loiter on street corners, crowds swell as New York’s lights pulsate and glow in the background.

That Marsh’s canvases seem to vibrate is due not only to his staccato brush strokes and bright, reflective colors, but also to his choice of subject matter. Rather than portray New York City’s elite, Marsh turned to everyday people and entertainments. Favorite subjects included burlesque and Vaudeville performers, pedestrians and, yes, public beaches. (more…)

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“It’s in the reach of my arms, / The span of my hips, / The stride of my step, / The curl of my lips. / I’m a woman/ Phenomenally. / Phenomenal woman, / That’s me.”

- Maya Angelou

Mickalene Thomas, Don't Forget About Me (Keri), 2009, exhibited at Lehmann Maupin, Spring 2009. Image and original data provided by Larry Qualls, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BILDKUNST, Bonn

Mickalene Thomas, Don’t Forget About Me (Keri), 2009, exhibited at Lehmann Maupin, Spring 2009. Image and original data provided by Larry Qualls, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BILDKUNST, Bonn

Women have long been used as inspiration for art. They have served as muses to both eastern and western culture, and our bodies have been used to represent the power and beauty of nature.

Yet the images of the female body that we see on a daily basis are often passive and hyper-sexualized. Women’s bodies are the go-to sales tactic in popular media and advertising. Yes, you might say, sex sells, but nothings sells as much as our sex sells. Women’s bodies sell beer, cars, perfume, burgers, chewing gum, and even animals rights (yes, you read that correctly – look up PETA’s campaigns) — and of course, the object that all of the women in these advertisements are ultimately selling is themselves.

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Reginald Marsh | [Women window shopping.]  | ca. 1940 | Museum of the City of New York | © 2012 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Reginald Marsh | [Women window shopping.] | ca. 1940 | Museum of the City of New York | © 2012 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Artstor Digital Library and the Museum of the City of New York have collaborated to release more than 11,000 additional photos.

Included in this release are photographs by Carl Van Vechten of celebrities and notables including writers such as Eugene O’Neill and Sinclair Lewis, actors like Tallulah Bankhead and Gloria Vanderbilt, musicians such as Billie Holiday and Billy Strayhorn; a fantastic selection of drawings, watercolors, and photographs by Ashcan School great Reginald Marsh; and photographs of New York City and its people by Sol Libsohn, Sid Grossman, Charles Von Urban, and many more.

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Exhibition: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk | November 13, 2011-February 12, 2012 | Dallas Museum of Art Collection | This image was provided by Dallas Museum of Art

Exhibition: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk | November 13, 2011-February 12, 2012 | Dallas Museum of Art Collection | This image was provided by Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art has collaborated with Artstor to make 2,500 images of exhibition installations available in the Digital Library.

Among the exhibitions documented are Cindy Sherman (1988); Donald Judd (1989); The Art of the Doll: Automata from the Gail Cook Collection (1991); Circa 1900: Design at the Turn of the Century (2001); Art Deco and Streamlined Modern Design, 1920–1950 (2002); Splendors of China’s Forbidden City (2004); The Art of Romare Bearden (2004); The Branch and the Scorpion: Maya Textiles from Guatemala’s Pacific Coast (2006); Take your time: Olafur Eliasson (2008); The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs (2010); African Masks: The Art of Disguise (2010); Performance / Art (2010); and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier (2011).

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artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor is collaborating with Donald Woodman to share 200 of his photographs in the Digital Library.

Donald Woodman’s photographs of subjects ranging from architecture to therapy, clouds, the Holocaust, and small-town rodeos, have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work is included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Museum of Art and History in Fribourg, Switzerland; the Albuquerque Museum; the New Mexico Museum of Art; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Butler Art Institute; the Walker Art Center; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; as well as various private collections, including the Polaroid Collection Program. Woodman’s archives are scheduled to join the History Museum Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit Donald Woodman page in Artstor.

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artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor and Thomas McGovern are collaborating to share approximately 100 photographs from the artist’s series covering the AIDS crisis.

The photographs, taken between 1987 and 1997, portray individuals with AIDS and activist demonstrations in the U.S. “While I have photographed many aspects of the crisis since 1987, it is the portraits of people with AIDS that are central to the project and it is around these that the other photos of events revolve,” McGovern writes.

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1952 Winter Carnival | Colbiana Photographs |  Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

1952 Winter Carnival | Colbiana Photographs | Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

Virginia Duggan, Winter Carnival Queen | Colbiana Photographs | Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

Virginia Duggan, Winter Carnival Queen | Colbiana Photographs | Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

Maine is famous for its winters, and understandably so – snow accumulation can reach up to 10 feet in parts of the state. This offers an irresistible opportunity for play, as you can see in these vintage photographs from the ’40s and ’50s.

The images come from the Colbiana Collection at Maine’s Colby College. The archive is composed of Colby’s historical records from 1813 to the present, and many of its photographs are openly available on Shared Shelf Commons. Among the treasures to be found are the college’s first campus in downtown Waterville, the construction of the current campus on Mayflower Hill, as well as images of faculty and students making merry in the snow.

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William M. Vander Weyde | Ice Skating | ca. 1900 | George Eastman House

William M. Vander Weyde | Ice Skating | ca. 1900 | George Eastman House

It’s snowing today in New York City and crowds are lining up to skate at the legendary ice rink at Rockefeller Center, with its sparkling light displays and famous holiday tree. If I visit this year, it’ll be as a spectator only, since I’ve never ice skated in my life. Sad, I know, but I have a good excuse—I grew up in extremely warm areas of Mexico and Texas, so I didn’t have many opportunities to learn. But that doesn’t stop me from admiring skaters. I love their graceful gliding, and enjoy seeing the camaraderie that spontaneously develops when groups of people converge on the ice. Evidently I’m not alone, judging from the many depictions of skating groups in the Artstor Digital Library.

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