How might our understanding of ancient Roman technology work for us? Read about ancient Roman concrete here.
How do we conserve new media art that is based on/created with a technology that is now obsolete? When the art no longer “works”? Do we allow it to disappear? Become corrupted? Update the software? Read what the Whitney Museum of American Art did with Douglas Davis’s “The World’s First Collaborative Sentence”.
This raises questions about art making, art curating, and skills museum curators need today.
What interesting questions!
Be sure to click on the above links to see more about this art.
At the top is Van Gogh’s painting, The Bedroom, from 1888 as we know it today and as it exists today. But the blue of the walls has faded over the years, and the red he mixed with blue has gone. The image below (with the lavender walls) shows Van Gogh’s painting digitally enhanced according to what conservators and art historians have learned about his painting techniques. Read more about this project here.
El Anatsui’s works are part sculpture and part tapestry, and have all the color and painterly quality of Titian. An exhibit recently opened at the Brooklyn Museum is a great place to see his work.
A copy of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa (Louvre) in the Prado (Madrid) since 1819 was made by a follower of the artist who was likely sitting next to him while he was at work on the Mona Lisa. Here is an article about the cleaning of the Prado version.
There’s a great video here about a current exhibit on prints.
From the site: “Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to scientific inquiries of the 16th century.
Rare and treasured prints, drawings, books, maps, and scientific instruments demonstrate that artists were not just illustrators in the service of scientists but that their work played an active role in facilitating the understanding of new concepts in astronomy, geography, natural history, and anatomy.
Featuring work by Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques de Gheyn and others, the exhibition was organized by the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Block Museum.”
Here’s a link to a short video on anatomical flap prints.
For more videos on the exhibit, go to this link.