Archive for March 18th, 2011

Sendai eqrthquake viewed from Toyo Ito building

March 18, 2011

Christopher Hawthorne from the LA Times has found and reposted a video shot during last week’s earthquake in Sendai, Japan. The video, taken by someone in Toyo Ito’s Mediatheque (a cultural center built in 2001), shows the building swaying for what must have felt like an eternity. Hawthorne’s article also includes before and after photos of Toyo Ito’s building. To read the article and view the video, go to the LA Times Culture Monster.

Art Historian Leo Steinberg, 1920-2011

March 18, 2011

Leo Steinberg, art historian and critic, died on Sunday at the age of 90. Steinberg studied Renaissance and Baroque art but his writings — his best know works include “Other Criteria: Confrontations With Twentieth-Century Art” (1972) and “The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion” (1983) — revealed a broad range of interests. He held professorships at Hunter College and University of Pennsylvania but also taught at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Princeton, Columbia, Harvard and the University of Texas at Austin. To read more, go to the New York Times article.

New images added to ARTstor

March 18, 2011

ARTstor has just released additions to two of its existing collections: ART on FILE and the Islamic Art and Architecture Collection.
ART on FILE has expanded to include 1,100 new photographs documenting contemporary architecture in the United Arab Emirates. Included in these additions is the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai by Skidmore, Owings and Merrell, and the Dubai Marina. With these additions, ART on FILE, which focuses on contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and public art, now has more than 11,700 images in ARTstor.
The Islamic Art and Architecture Collectionwas created by Professors Sheila Blair, Jonathan Bloom and Walter Denny with material from their personal collections and archives. They have added 250 new images of Iznik ceramics from the Ottoman period bringing their ARTstor holdings to 19,009.
And finally, ARTstor has reached a new agreement with the Baltimore Museum of Art to include 2,000 images from its permanent collection. The historic Cone Collection will be among the new material.