Notebook

Notebook, 1993-

DIRECTORIES - A Representative Listing with Periodic Corrections and Additions.
In review for updates in 2016

DOCUMENTS / issues - Current 'clippings' and documents that go back to the 1990s.

NOTE: ** Indicates a year 2016 addition to the list.


CONSIDER: Services, Access, Networks, Resources, Language, Exchange, Development . . . . Mega data, Bundles, New Perspectives . . . This list of documents focuses on the impact of technology on culture and goes back to the late 1990s, when personal computers were a new frontier. The collaborative mandate of what proliferates inspires us to be especially vigilant, today, of what can easily get missed. And, it is easy to see how archaic our thinking may have been in the past in regard to life in space and other worlds! We are evolving an environment of access and exchange that can exceed the constraints in the preservation of material goods.

Consider ** The Scale of the Universe (click on Human before you scroll) . . . . Mega Modes . . . . Gallary Venues, Branches, Outlets, Pop-ups . . . . Art Reproduction and Editions . . . . Valuations, Trusted Networks and Associations and Investment Schemes . . . . Art Collection Management, Storage and Transportation . . . . Service Access for online Membership, Collection, Display, Participation, Exchange . . . .

Arts Journal - The Daily Digest of Arts & Cultural Journalism. "Arts Journal is is a weekday digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world. Each day Arts Journal combs through more than 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring writing about arts and culture."
http://www.Artsjournal.com

Art Publications . . . . . . . . . . Art Reviews - (New York Times) . . . . . . . . . . Be sure to consider your local publications as well as those in major cities world-wide!

(2009) - Reporting the Arts - "THE NATIONAL ARTS JOURNALISM PROGRAM SEEKS to improve the quality of arts and cultural journalism, as well as its prestige in American newsrooms. The extent to which journalism is probing or superficial, broadly engaging or exclusive, helps determine the level of public appreciation of the arts. Arts journalism is indispensable not only to public awareness and understanding of creative expression. It informs the ways cities and regions relate to their artistic and cultural resources, and make decisions about investing in them."
http://www.najp.org

** Online Education through Major Colleges and Universities World-wide - History, Art, Architecture, Planning, Trends . . . .

** Marketing Digital Art (NYTimes 5/30/14) - The article addresses the issue of a commercial potential of art shown on a screen in a world of free downloading . . . . .

(2014) - Networking - Questions about reporting and the existence of serious arts criticism in a culture of independent curating and social networking.

(2006) - The invention of a 'curatorial me' - "Made possible by an explosion of cultural choice. A new work of fiction is published in the United States every 30 seconds. Most cable packages offer more than 100 television stations, and satellite provides hundreds of radio stations as well. Through online music services like Rhapsody or iTunes, we have access to millions of songs. We can read newspapers from around the world online while drinking our morning coffee; we can browse paintings and drawings from world-renowned museums without leaving our computer. --- The combination of the rise of serious amateur art making, the explosion of choice, and the sophistication of Internet-savvy consumers will create new micromarkets, challenging the dominance of 20th-century mass markets. --- Granted unprecedented access to the means of making art, today's youth want, in the words of Lynne Conner, who teaches theater arts at the University of Pittsburgh, to "co-author" meaning . . . . "they don't want the arts; they want the arts experience." --- Inexpensive digital technology, Internet communication, and a new enthusiasm for hands-on art making hold out the promise of a rich, postconsumerist expressive life . . . . " ("Cultural Renaissance or Cultural Divide?" - Bill Ivey and Steven J. Tepper - Bill Ivey is director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Steven J. Tepper is associate director of the Curb Center and an assistant professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University. They are co-editors of Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life, to be published next year by Routledge -- 'The Chronicle Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education' - May 19, 2006).

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh - "View originals and transcriptions of all 902 letters from and to Vincent Van Gogh - by period, by correspondent, by place and with sketches." - (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
http://vangoghletters.org/vg

** Createquity - "Since its debut in October 2007, Createquity has been called 'revolutionary,' 'must-read,' 'important,' 'lively,' 'thorough,' and 'so amazingly good it's almost in its own category of resource' by readers across the web. A unique virtual think tank exploring the intersection of the arts with a wide range of topics including politics, economics, philanthropy, leadership, research, and urban planning, Createquity is a hub for next-generation ideas on the role of the arts in a creative society."

Access to and the Use of Master Works - Quality - Museums offering downloads of high-resolution images at no cost. The point here is that high quality is ultimately much better than poor reproduction. Raises questions about access and services --in future.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/arts/design/museums-mull-public-use-of-online-art-images.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_source=feedly&_r=0&pagewanted=all

** Buy and Sell, Valuations, Private Viewing, Transport and Storage
http://www.artviatic.com

** Fine Art Dealers Association - Important works of art Old Master to Contemporary
http://www.fada.com

There are Various ways to See or Know - To view, consider, review works --or parts of works --or the process or materials of a work, which can be exciting in part and inspiring in process and experience --just as the entirety of the presence of the whole work separated somewhere, perhaps, or placed particularly can transform experience as a whole and in part.

Unlocking the Humanities - ". . . dealing with elusive questions of aesthetics, existence and meaning . . . "

Data Visualization (Stanford University) - 'Digitally Mapping the Republic of Letters" - NYTimes, November 16, 2010

Quality - Masterworks which are well conserved and preserved by museums were made up of materials with no articulated promise of lasting 25 or 100 years; consider the ephemeral drawings by Rembrandt. On the other hand, master painters took great pains to use and experiment with various mediums and the combinations of mediums that would be fast or lasting (Eastlake's 'Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools and Masters'. High quality reproduction, today, may replace works in the public view at museums and transform the art market . . . . Lasting is something ephemeral to currency and the cult of performance today --or anything that can be available in digital media --while print on demand can be critically dedicated to the quality of expensive papers and inks. The advances in conscience and thought to reflect and qualify are developed and refined more or less ephemeral or fast.

(2010) The Art of Replicating Masterpieces (Wall Street Journal) - "Whether to rewrite history or reinterpret masterpieces, replicas made with a palette of high-tech tools are changing the way tourists see art . . . . (It is possible to envision) a near future where facsimiles substitute some real attractions that are too fragile to endure the harmful . . . ." - Madrid-based Factum Arte is an independent workshop based in Madrid working both with contemporary artists and on the production of facsimiles that can be used for conservation purposes. Factum Arte currently has three studios in Madrid, one in London and one in San Francisco . . . . Increasingly, artists and institutions require a new type of mediator to turn their ideas into physical realities. Based in Madrid and London, Factum Arte is dedicated to digital mediation and to the production of works in two and three dimensions for artists, museums and special projects."

'Gallery giants tighten their grip' - The rise of the mega-gallery. "I would rather be a haute-couture house than a luxury goods provider."(The Art Newspaper). . . . Will Mega-Galleries begin to publish art works? Many more artist works could be distributed with a percentage in publication sales of benefit to the artists, whose work might not necessarily otherwise be exhibited. Actually - it is interesting to consider how many paintings or sculptures a painter or a sculptor might produce for a show compared with how many books an author might get published in a lifetime.

(2010) 'Fixing without Touching' - Restoration - "It's the ideal restoration, where you don't actually touch the artwork," said Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, director of the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art and also the associate director for conservation and research at New York's Whitney Museum. "We are restoring the appearance of the murals and restoring the experience that viewers can have when seeing them. Call this hands-off art conservation, relying on technology to preserve the lifespan of artwork and other objects or, in this instance, to offer the illusion of restoration. The beauty of Harvard's use of spectrometers, computers and light projection is that the original murals aren't altered in any way. "It's a very reversible procedure," said Narayan Khandekar, senior conservation scientist at the Harvard Art Museum and a member of the team working on the Rothko murals. "Once you turn off the light switch, you are back to where you were." - (Wall Street Journal - June 15, 2010)

** Art Collection Management, Storage, Transportation - Handling, Crating, Framing (Mana Fine Art)

Conversation - An Evolving Art Form - (NYTimes)

(2006) Convergence - As Gadgets Get It Together, Media Makers Fall Behind. "AMID the cacophony of the sprawling Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, the main action had little to do with electronics. Sure, booth after booth claimed to have the biggest TV screen, the smallest music player and the niftiest wireless gizmo. But that was to be expected. The real news was neither shiny nor tiny. The question in the air was what people will watch, listen to and do with these machines now that they are becoming interchangeable and interconnected . . . . " - (By Saul Hansell. NYTimes, January 25, 2006)

Higher art - "Although she describes the relationship between art and higher education as "long and uneasy," Marjorie Garber argues, "It may be that the time has come for the university to become a patron of the arts, embracing and funding the actual making of art on a new scale, and bringing to bear all its institutional traditions of judgment, peer review, and freedom of ideas. An open-minded patronage, providing courses taught by the most talented artists - in the same way that the university seeks the most talented philosophers, psychologists, and physicists - could change both the way we learn, and the way we encounter the world." - Boston Globe, 10/5/2008

Instantaneously (6-7 decades ago) - "The next few months will end an era that began six decades ago with a contraption called the Model 95 camera. That accordion-style machine delivered instant photography . . . . " - (NYTimes 12/27/08)

(2009) 7 ways to support artists - "In Ireland, artists pay no income tax on earnings below 250,000 euros. In Scandinavian countries, artists deemed to have made significant contributions over the course of a lifetime receive special recognition --and income support --from the government. In Australia, legislation allows artists to average income over a five-year span, protecting them from the highs and lows of chosen careers that promise personal fulfilment at the cost of long-term security. In Canada, we have a lot to learn about how to nurture the people who help us define ourselves, say artists and experts who have studied their economic well-being." Bruce Demara offers seven ideas, ranging from income averaging for tax purposes to affordable live/work space to easier access to credit. - (Toronto Star (Canada), 1/19/2009)
http://www.thestar.com/article/573263

Celebrating a Decade of Nurturing Artists on the Verge - "Radius: Professional Practice Series for Artists offers selected artists from Connecticut and southeastern New York an exhibition of their work as well as professional guidance and networking opportunities designed to start them on the path toward commercial success. To mark the program's 10th anniversary, the Aldrich is presenting "Full Circle: Ten Years of Radius," an exhibition featuring the work of 14 of the 81 artists who have participated in the program. The Aldrich is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefield's historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum enjoys the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution. It is the mission of The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art to be a national leader in the exhibition of significant and challenging contemporary art with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists, a world-class innovator of museum education programs, and a vital cultural resource for our community." - (NYTimes January 2, 2009)

The Economics of Attention - Style and Substance in the Age of Information. "Art's center of gravity henceforth would lie not in objects that artists create but in the attention that the beholder brings to them. . . . " (Lanham) -- "The stuff you dig out of the earth's crust becomes, in an information economy, less important than the information that informs it, what you think about the stuff. Yet the more you ponder that information, the more you understand about that stuff, the more real the stuff becomes. To put it in terms of the art world Andy Warhol lived in, the more you see that style matters more than substance, the more you see the vital role, the vitality, of substance . . . " (University of Chicago Press 06/06)

Perspectives - Re-hanging a Collection - "The most welcome change is that history has been rediscovered. Movements, groupings and progressions are rehabilitated. . . . " (TIMESonlne (UK) 05/23/06) - "The first major rehang of Tate Modern's collection formally opens today. The four suites of galleries housing the collection were until recently divided into unwieldy, catch-all themes - Landscape/Matter/Environment, Nude/Action/Body, Still Life/Real Life/Object, and History/Memory/Society. These have been replaced by Poetry and Dream, Material Gestures, Idea and Object, and States of Flux . . . . " (The Guardian (UK) 05/23/06)

Installing the Collection / Museum Collections & Temporary Exhibits. - (NYTimes, July 22, 2006)

(2006) Collective Conscious - "They come in various sizes and formats: couples, quartets, teams, tribes and amorphous cyberspace communities. Sometimes a group of artists assumes the identity of a single person; sometimes, a single artist assumes the identity of many. Membership may be official, or casual, or even accidental: friends brainstorming in an apartment or strangers collaborating on the Internet from continents away. And they may or may not refer to their activities as art. Research, archiving and creative hacking are just as likely to produce objects, experiences, information that is politically didactic or end-in-itself beautiful, or both. One way or another, joint production among parties of equal standing --we're not talking about master artist and studio assistants here --scrambles existing aesthetic formulas." (Holland Cotter, NYTimes 3/5/06)

'Virtual Venues Generate Real Dollars' - "Second Life is a 3D online digital world imagined, created, and owned by its residents . . . . Second Life has roughly 200,000 members who travel around more than 20,000 acres of virtual space, mostly consisting of small islands where users interact with other members or attend events. Another virtual world, Project Entropia, made headlines earlier this year when one resident paid $100,000 to develop a virtual space station. He now makes $12,000 per month renting virtual apartments and retail space and plans to open a nightclub as well . . . . These environments may be interoperable . . . . similar to bar hopping. Production costs run from $25,000 for a simple storefront to $3 million for an entire city." - ('Net nightclubs, virtual venues generate real dollars" By Antony Bruno. Reuters Monday, May 22, 2006; 1:17 PM - San Francisco (Billboard) - We are acultrated to family, friends, educational and cultural opportunities --and alternatives. The creativity of the entertainment industry could extend to cultural organizations to provide opportunity and experience in virtual worlds that correspond with our known and developing values.

NOTE: In future this could mature in value to the general public and could be a format to aid in 'interactive development' and in 'Fund-raising Events' . . . . although this has not yet developed (2014), and social networks are way in advance of engaging the general public in projects and events of most museums and other institutions.
http://secondlife.com

(2006) The Rise of Crowdsourcing - "Technological advances in everything from product design software to digital video cameras are breaking down the cost barriers that once separated amateurs from professionals. Hobbyists, part-timers, and dabblers suddenly have a market for their efforts, as smart companies in industries as disparate as pharmaceuticals and television discover ways to tap the latent talent of the crowd. . . . . " - By Jeff Howe / WIRED Magazine - Issue 14.06 - June 2006
View with links: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/crowds.html

Marketing Trends - Outsourcing the Content as well as the Labor - "A museum store should be a specific, not a generic, experience . . . . The people -- often volunteers -- who work in museum stores tend to believe that by selling toys inspired by the contents of glass cases on which children were just pressing their noses, or by selling reproductions inspired by their museum's collections, they are branding the place in visitors' memories and hearts. They speak in terms of their 'mission' and 'educational mandate' . . . . . ."
http://www.noteaccess.com/APPROACHES/Marketing.htm

Patronage of artist's work at the community level. pdf file: Artists' Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies - Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, February 2006. A new study from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, "Artists' Centers: Evolution and Impact on Artists, Neighborhoods, and Economies," shows that Minnesota's strong creative economy owes much of its success to the unusual number and quality of dedicated gathering spaces for artists in Minnesota. The study profiles 22 arts centers and individual artists. (The importance of Patronage of artist's work)
http://www.hhh.umn.edu/img/assets/6158/artists_centers.pdf

(2006) Social Connection Trumps All - For Tiny Screens, Some Big Dreams - "Content is just a means to an end, so there's something to talk about," he said. In other words, social connection trumps all . . . . That resulting connection, that social interaction, can be much more lucrative than costly, classic content . . . companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to adapt their current brands in television, movies, games and news and information to the tiny screens of mobile phones, and creating new programming." - (Lorne Manly, NYTimes - May 21, 2006)

(2005) World Digital Library - "The Librarian of Congress James H. Billington presents his idea for a World Digital Library. " . . . "The time may be right for our country's delegation [to UNESCO] to consider introducing to the world body a proposal for the cooperative building of a World Digital Library. This would offer the promise of bringing people closer together by celebrating the depth and uniqueness of different cultures in a single global undertaking. . . . Through a World Digital Library, the rich store of the world's culture could be provided in a form more universally accessible than ever before. An American partnership in promoting such a project for UNESCO would show how we are helping other people recover distinctive elements of their cultures through a shared enterprise that may also help them discover more about the experience of our own and other free cultures." - ( A Library for The New World. Washington Post, 11/22/2005)
http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2005/05-250.html

(2010) -Evolving tools and forms of exchange inspire questions about ownership and collections / access and interaction - "The physical, paper-based book is dying rapidly and will soon be replaced as the dominant form . . . . " - 'Books Have Many Futures' - (NPR)

Software to Look for Experts Among Your Friends - Supporting Interpersonal Exchange and Collaboration - "An online service that will make it simple to pick the brains of friends and colleagues for opinions and expertise. . . . . The service allows the user to mine the data on the computers of friends, business associates and others with shared interests on any subjects. . . . . Each Illumio local system would independently determine who had the best relationship in the network based on parameters . . . . Efforts to create systems that augment the intellectual power of work groups go back to the earliest days of computing technology development. . . . . Web masters can obtain 'hot spot' icons to place on their sites to develop an illumino network . . . . Tacit plans to start testing the service, called 'Illumio' next month." - (JOHN MARKOFF, Published: May 29, 2006 at NYTimes)

Acid-Free Bits - Recommendations for long-lasting electronic literature.
http://www.eliterature.org/pad/afb.html

(2005) - 'Camera Phone Enters New Creative Territory' - By REUTERS, Published: September 25, 2005. Filed at 5:23 a.m. ET - "Billboard has learned that rock band the 'Presidents of the United States of America' shot its latest video using only mobile phone cameras. The video for the track "Some Postman," culled from the band's last studio album, "Love Everybody," was filmed in Seattle in just one day using a variety of Sony-Ericsson mobile video phones. Director Grant Marshall of Film Headquarters said he had spent 18 months looking for a band willing to go along with the mobile-only film concept. The band currently is playing limited U.S. dates and is planning an Australian tour in October." (Reuters/Billboard - In NYTimes online)

A Healthy Dose of Inspiration - "The Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital is leading the way in demonstrating that art can be almost as useful as shorter waiting lists when it comes to curing sick patients. . . . From the multi-coloured child-friendly play poles at the entrance to the sculpted tree courtyard garden to the pod-like furniture and humorous text graphics running throughout the interior, the hospital is typical of the exciting projects led by Edinburgh-based arts agency Pace - Public Art Commissions and Exhibitions. . . . . Pace began commissioning hospital artists more than three years ago, but the 600,000 part-Lottery funded project was at an immediate advantage given the positive attitude of Grampian Hospital Art Trust. . . . . This mutual understanding between the trust, Pace and the hospital's architects meant that everyone agreed on the imperative role art was to play in the new building. "Art is fundamental," says the 38-year-old. "It is not an extravagant add-on to the whole environment. People respond and get better in a positive environment . . . . "
http://www.noteaccess.com/APPROACHES/Environment.htm

Pigments Through the Ages - a public service of the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA). . . . "Primary sources include the multivolume series from the National Gallery of Art, "Artists' Pigments : A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics."
http://webexhibits.org/pigments

Turning the Pages - 'Leonardo's Notebook', 'Lindisfarne Gospels', 'Luttrell Psalter', 'Sforza Hours', 'Vesalius Anatomy', 'Golden Haggadah,' 'Blackwell's Herbal', 'Diamond Sutra','Sherborne Missal', 'Sultan Baybars' Qur'An' - "Discover the British Library's award-winning system Turning the Pages. Just click on the links, wait a few moments, then turn the pages of our great books."
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks

MIT OpenCourseWare - "We're really trying to buck the trend of commercialization of knowledge and start the trend of sharing knowledge around the world."
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html

(2004) 'The Business of Art' depends upon gallery and collector consistency . . . . . - "The behind-the-scenes players that move the market for art and influence the value of an object are the focus of the new exhibition . . . . featuring documents and other materials that trace business activity in the art market over the last 400 years . . . . "To fully understand art, you also have to understand the value people place on various works and why," says Thomas Crow, director of the Getty Research Institute. "The creation of art is a multilayered process and it is important to see all sides --the creative process alongside patterns of reception and dissemination. . . . " (AMNNews)
http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/business

Culture Shock - "Are the Arts Dangerous? They inspire, but may provoke. They thrill, but sometimes offend. And often the same artwork attracts both acclaim and condemnation. This site provides context that promotes understanding of the history of the arts and controversy." [PBS]
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cultureshock

(2001) Words and Pictures Are Combined to Form a New Industry - "A hybrid industry is being born, fed by the widespread use of color in documents, the ease with which people can download image-laden documents from the Web, and the rising use of scanners, digital cameras and software that let people route photographs to printers and copiers. "What is it that you print from the Internet --a text document with pictures, or a picture surrounded by text?" asked Edward Y. Lee, a photography analyst at Lyra Research. "That division just isn't cut and dried anymore. Thanks to digital technologies, the lines are rapidly blurring between industries that deal in words and those that deal in images. Digital cameras are usurping a growing part of the market for film, and e-mail and other technologies are cutting into the markets for text on paper. "All the companies have to position themselves in the transmission and communication end of the business," Jonathan Rosenzweig, an analyst with Salomon Smith Barney, said. . . . . " [NYTimes, April 17, 2001]
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/17/technology/17PHOT.html

Cultural Policy & the Arts National data Archive [cpanda] - "An interactive digital archive of data on the arts and cultural policy in the U.S., available for research and statistical analysis, with data on artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, and funding for arts and culture."
http://www.cpanda.org

The National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program [Library of Congress] - "What does it mean to have a national strategy for digital collections . . . . ?"
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/april02/friedlander/04friedlander.html

(1998-2000) arts@large - NYTimes - Matthew Mirapaul reported on the intersection of technology and the arts, including Web-based art exhibits, intereactive music, hypertext fiction and other expressions of digital creativity . . . . ."
http://www.NYTimes.com/library/tech/reference/indexartsatlarge.html

What is a print? [International Fine Print Dealers Association] [1995-2000 All rights reserved. artline]
http://www.printdealers.com/learn.cfm

Conservators Struggle When Modern Art Shows Its Age [NYTimes, April 5, 2001]
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/05/arts/05REST.html

(1998) Standards on Web Images [NYTimes]
http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/98/04/cyber/articles/15graphics.html

(1998) Creating 'the Last Book' to Hold All the Others
http://www.nytimes.com/library/arts/040898book.html

(1998) Is your monitor calibrated? - Stan's 30 Second Monitor Check Up:
http://www.stanstudio.com/calib.html

Mediachanel - Media Arts [Perspectives, News and Reviews, and File Room - "MediaChannel.org is the first Web portal dedicated to international media issues, and the premiere Internet source for analysis and information about the media. Driven by content from a network of more than 410 international media organizations and contributors, MediaChannel explores areas such as freedom of expression, citizen access to media, trends in media ownership, media arts and the intersection of media and politics."
http://www.mediachannel.org

(1997) Web-Based Photo Albums - (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/library/cyber/week/081997photo.html


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