In 1846, dentist William T. G. Morton assembled a group of doctors in the operating theater at Massachusetts General Hospital, a sky-lit dome located on the hospital’s top floor. As the doctors watched from the dome’s stadium seating, Morton waved a sponge soaked in a mysterious substance called Letheon inches from his patient’s face. The patient quickly lost consciousness and remained completely still as a surgeon removed a tumor from his neck. Upon waking, the patient declared to his astonished audience that he had felt no pain. This surgery marked the first time the effective and safe use of anesthesia was demonstrated publicly, ending centuries of agonizing pain during surgery. It would also quickly spiral into a dramatic controversy surrounding Letheon’s discovery.
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Artstor and the Menil Foundation have just released nearly 200 images of highlights from the Menil Collection in the Digital Library.
The Menil Collection opened to the public in June 1987 to house, exhibit, and preserve the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Assembled over the course of many decades by the Houston philanthropists, the collection is recognized not only for its quality and depth but also for its distinctive presentation and eclecticism. An actively collecting institution, the Menil Collection contains diverse holdings representing many world cultures and thousands of years of human creativity, from prehistoric times to the present. Today, the collection comprises over 16,000 objects. (more…)
Artstor is sharing two new collections of photographs by Barbara J. Anello: graffiti in Lower Manhattan in the 1980s and 90s, and Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture in Ladakh, India.
The photographs from Ladakh were exhibited at the Overseas Press Club in New York City and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1982. (more…)
We invited Barbara Anello to tell us about her photographs of graffiti in Lower Manhattan, newly released in the Artstor Digital Library.
I photographed graffiti, stencil art, wall paintings, and murals on New York City streets during the 1980s and early ’90s in Lower Manhattan from about 14th Street south to Battery Park, and from the Hudson to the East Rivers, but generally in Soho, Noho, the Lower East Side, and “Alphabet City.”
At the time, Soho, where I lived, was still the neighborhood of artists and galleries, but rapidly gentrifying, forcing younger artists east and out. While much of the public art and graffiti was anonymous, the neighborhoods where I photographed embodied the “art world” of the time; these were the streets where artists worked and played, dealers bought and sold. So my photographs included works and writing by artists who became “art world” figures, such as Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring, by artists who built reputations in their neighborhoods as “writers” and social activists, as well as by dedicated, working artists who made statements independently on the walls of abandoned buildings or squats, intended for the people, for the neighborhood, outside the confines of commercial galleries.
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Through a collaboration with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) and Art Resource, Artstor is now sharing more than 5,100 additional images of works in the permanent collections of French national and regional museums in the Digital Library.
This brings the total of RMN images in the Digital Library to more than 12,000. The images come from the archives of the Agence photographique de la RMN, which encompass the collections of 28 museums such as the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou.
This release is composed of an outstanding selection of modern art, including paintings by Balthus, Francis Bacon, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Natalia Goncharova, Marc Chagall, Tamara de Lempicka, Fernand Léger, André Masson, René Magritte, and Francis Picabia; sculptures by Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, André Derain, Jean Dubuffet, Niki de Saint-Phalle, and Joseph Beuys; works on paper by Pierre Alechinsky, Antonin Artaud, Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, and Victor Hugo; installations by Louise Bourgeois and Martial Raysse; rarely-seen reconstructions of architectural models by Kazimir Malevich, furniture designed by Le Corbusier, and documentary and self-portrait photographs by Constantin Brancusi; as well as more than 100 works by Vassily Kandinsky. The release also features thousands of ancient to medieval artworks from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.