Archive for October, 2012
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has provided online access to their extensive publishing program through a newly developed resource called MetPublications. This portal currently provides access to 650 titles published from 1964 to the present but their goal is to make their entire list of publications — books, Bulletins and Journals published since 1870 — available online. Current titles that are in-print may be previewed and search online with links to purchase the item. Almost all other titles may be read online, searched or downloaded as a PDF through the Google Books program.
Also available on MetPublication is their very useful Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, an online chronological, geographical and thematic exploration of global art history.
You can read more about the program here.
For those of you trying to keep up with the evolving story of the defaced Rothko, the blog Hyperallergic: Sensitive to Art & Its Discontents is a good place to start. Co-founder Hrag Vartanian has been closely following and blogging on this episode since it was first reported on October 7. And take a look at Artinfo‘s article on Yellowism, the movement behind the motives of the tagger / artist Vladimir Umanets: “WTF Is Yellowism? A Guide to the Obscure Movement Behind the Tate Rothko Attack.”
A developer in Phoenix is planning to raze the house Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1952 for his son David. The David Wright House, which could be demolished as soon as Thursday, has now gotten the attention of preservationists who are trying to have the house designated a landmark and find a wealthy donor to purchase the house from the developer. Arizona private property laws limit landmark status to three-years so if preservationists succeed in turning the structure into a landmark, the battle will begin again in three years. According to New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, the developers may be using the threat of demolition as leverage to drive up the price of the building.
To read more about the house and the preservation battle, check out the New York Times, the National Trust for Historic Preservation blog, the PrairieMod blog, and Mother Nature Network where you can take a YouTube tour of the spiral house.
Go here to sign a petition to the City of Phoenix to Save the Davis Wright House.