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lacma:

Two years ago, we launched an experiment: an online image library where we made 2,000 high-resolution images of artworks that the museum deemed to be in the public domain available for download without any restrictions.  This week, we’ve exceeded ourselves with the launch of our new collections website, giving away ten times the number of images we offered in the initial image library. Nearly 20,000 high-quality images of art from our collection are available to search, download, and use as you see fit.
What Do Cats Have to Do With It? Welcome to Our New Collections Website
Dear Tumblr-verse,
Merry Christmas: we just gave you 20,000 high-resolution images, for free. Now we have just one question: what are you going to do with them?

lacma:

Two years ago, we launched an experiment: an online image library where we made 2,000 high-resolution images of artworks that the museum deemed to be in the public domain available for download without any restrictions.  This week, we’ve exceeded ourselves with the launch of our new collections website, giving away ten times the number of images we offered in the initial image library. Nearly 20,000 high-quality images of art from our collection are available to search, download, and use as you see fit.

What Do Cats Have to Do With It? Welcome to Our New Collections Website

Dear Tumblr-verse,

Merry Christmas: we just gave you 20,000 high-resolution images, for free. Now we have just one question: what are you going to do with them?

(via caravaggista)

— 1 year ago with 6014 notes
#art history  #lacma  #images  #art  #museums 
Might as well have something to go with the dead chicken.
~
Maurizio Cattelan
Untitled, 2009

Might as well have something to go with the dead chicken.

~

Maurizio Cattelan

Untitled, 2009

— 1 year ago with 6 notes
#italian  #contemporary art  #installation  #art  #Maurizio Cattelan  #horsie 
"To be an artist, you have to be a good liar. There’s no question about that. If you’re not, you can’t be a good artist. Basically, you have to know how to fabricate, how to weave tales, how to tell lies, because you’re taking your audience to a nonexistent space and telling them that it does exist. But you have to be utopian in your approach. You have to create visions that don’t actually exist yet in the world—or that may actually someday exist as a result of life following art. It’s natural for people to want to be sectarian or divisive. Different cultures want to group together, they want to stick to their own culture, but what I do is create a kind of mongrel. In reality most people’s cultures have evolved out of this mongrelization, but people don’t acknowledge that. British culture in reality is very mixed. There’s a way in which people want to keep this notion of purity, and that ultimately leads to the gas chambers. What I am doing may be humorous so as to show the stupidity of things. But at the same time I understand that the logical conclusion of sectarianism is Auschwitz, or the “logical” in its starkest manifestation. So even though these works are humorous, there’s a very dark underlying motivation." - Yinka Shinbare, Bomb Magazine 2005
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Yinka Shonibare
Leisure Lady, 2010

"To be an artist, you have to be a good liar. There’s no question about that. If you’re not, you can’t be a good artist. Basically, you have to know how to fabricate, how to weave tales, how to tell lies, because you’re taking your audience to a nonexistent space and telling them that it does exist. But you have to be utopian in your approach. You have to create visions that don’t actually exist yet in the world—or that may actually someday exist as a result of life following art. It’s natural for people to want to be sectarian or divisive. Different cultures want to group together, they want to stick to their own culture, but what I do is create a kind of mongrel. In reality most people’s cultures have evolved out of this mongrelization, but people don’t acknowledge that. British culture in reality is very mixed. There’s a way in which people want to keep this notion of purity, and that ultimately leads to the gas chambers. What I am doing may be humorous so as to show the stupidity of things. But at the same time I understand that the logical conclusion of sectarianism is Auschwitz, or the “logical” in its starkest manifestation. So even though these works are humorous, there’s a very dark underlying motivation." - Yinka Shinbare, Bomb Magazine 2005

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Yinka Shonibare

Leisure Lady, 2010

— 1 year ago with 18 notes
#art  #installation  #contemporary art  #sculpture  #fabric sculpture  #art history  #postcolonialism  #British  #Nigerian  #Victorian 

Stefano Maderno, The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, 1599-1600

Kehinde Wiley, The Virgin Martyr St. Cecilia, 2008

— 1 year ago with 17 notes
#italian  #african-american  #art  #painting  #sculpture  #renaissance  #contemporary art 
"Oh hey, you uh, got a little something on your forehead."
~Anne de Felbrigge (attributed)
Annunciation from the cover of the Felbrigge Psalter, 13th century

"Oh hey, you uh, got a little something on your forehead."

~
Anne de Felbrigge (attributed)

Annunciation from the cover of the Felbrigge Psalter, 13th century

— 1 year ago with 5 notes
#13th century  #art  #art history  #bookbinding  #embroidery  #english  #medieval  #psalter  #religious art  #Women Artists 
Philip IV of Spain had a love of hunting and filled his lodge, Torre de la Parada, with genre paintings such as this one.
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Paul de Vos
Stag Hunt, c.1600-1650

Philip IV of Spain had a love of hunting and filled his lodge, Torre de la Parada, with genre paintings such as this one.

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Paul de Vos

Stag Hunt, c.1600-1650

— 1 year ago with 12 notes
#17th century  #Paul de Vos  #art  #art history  #baroque  #genre  #painting  #flemish 

Hogarth was a bit of a dirty bird it would seem.

~

William Hogarth

Before and After (c.1730-31)

(Source: getty.edu)

— 1 year ago with 8 notes
#painting  #english  #art  #rococo  #18th century  #erotic art  #art history 
Can someone please buy this and make me all the food from it? K, thanks in advance.

Can someone please buy this and make me all the food from it? K, thanks in advance.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#american  #art history  #british  #james abbott mcneill whistler  #painting  #silliness  #tonalists  #art