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Minggu, 17 Maret 2013

A Museum Without Walls: Take a Virtual Tour of the World's Great Art Museums

Would you like to take a tour of the major art museums of the world for free (except for the cost of your internet service)? To discover, in the words of art historian Andre Malraux, a "museum without walls," from New York to Seoul, Paris to Moscow, Amsterdam to Buenos Aires, where you can explore countless paintings, sculptures, photography, decorative arts, and other media guided by art experts?
For today art museums, from the oldest institutions to 21st century art collections, are increasingly investing their time and creativity in developing websites for virtual visitors like you.
Here is a summary of the variety of art museum websites available to you.
THE GOOGLE ART PROJECT. Since February 2011, the Google Art Project has been providing access online to art museums across the globe, expanding from 17 to more than 180 (and counting) sites. The Art Gallery of South Australia, Istanbul Museum of Art, and the Phillips Collection are just a few of the recent additions.
SUPER MUSEUMS. The Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Prado and the State Hermitage Museum represent just a few of the "mega" museums. For example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds thousands of works of art in a variety of media, spanning centuries of art history, from ancient Egypt to the modern period. Its galleries display European, American, African, Asian, and Oceanic art. In addition, the museum exhibits special collections of costumes, furniture, armor, and musical instruments.
Super museum websites often offer extensive online collections with colorful images and detailed descriptions. Current exhibitions are also highlighted with information on past and upcoming shows. In addition, educational and interactive opportunities are available with special features such as videos, podcasts, blogs, social media, and virtual tours.
Google "list of most visited art museums in the world" to find more super museums.
A MUSEUM OF ONE'S OWN. Are you a fan of Van Gogh? The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of his works in the world. Its website is an excellent resource for Van Gogh's paintings, drawings, and letters as well as providing a chronicle of the major periods of his career. Or you might check out the websites of other museums dedicated to one artist such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall, and Norman Rockwell.
SPECIALTY MUSEUMS. Some museums focus mainly on one style or period of art. You might investigate the websites of the three unique museums below.
Impressionist Treasures. The Musee d'Orsay, located in a remodeled Beaux Arts train station in Paris, is THE museum for Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, unrivaled in the number and quality of its works. Its unique website showcases more than 800 masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, and a long list of other leading artists of this period.
The Genius of Italy. Florence was one of the birthplaces of the Renaissance and its Uffizi Gallery holds the most comprehensive collection of that artistic movement (including Botticelli's famed Birth of Venus and Primavera). And you can browse through almost every gallery on the Google Art Project.
Inside the Acropolis. The new Acropolis Museum (just opened in 2009) displays probably the most beautiful sculptures in Western art; experience them in virtual reality through both the museum website and the Google Art Project.
MASTER COLLECTORS. Discover the best of the great collectors and their visions of art on the websites of the following art museums: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a palace of art built by American heiress Gardner in her hometown of Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum that introduces you to the priceless collections of the oil billionaire at two sites, the Los Angeles center and the Getty Villa decorated with ancient Greek and Roman art in Malibu; and The Frick Collection, the elegant Fifth Avenue mansion of 19th century mogul, Henry Clay Frick, with galleries of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and other famed European artists.
MUSEUMS, MUSEUMS, AND MORE MUSEUMS. When the first Guggenheim Museum, designed by architectural pioneer Frank Lloyd Wright, finally opened in New York City in 1959, its founder Solomon R. Guggenheim had been dead a decade. Could he have envisioned that four more art museums with his family name would someday be in Venice (1980), Berlin (1997), Bilbao, Spain (1997), and Abu Dhabi (planned completion 2017)? Take a look at the New York, Venice and Bilbao Guggenheim museum websites; each one provides an overview of its collection plus images of the distinctive architecture of its building.
You can explore as well the impressive website of the Tate complex of art museums in the UK, starting with the original Tate Britain (1897), Tate Liverpool (1988), Tate St. Ives (1993) in Cornwall, and latest addition Tate Modern which premiered in 2000, just across the Thames River from the Tate Britain.
ACROSS THE CONTINENTS. Except for Antarctica, art museums are present on every continent from the Museum of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia to the Sao Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil to the National Palace Museum in Taiwan to the Iziko South African National Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. All the art museums above have websites and are members of the Google Art Project.
To read more about the world's leading art museums, go to (arts everyday living), click on its blog, and you'll find articles from August 5 - August 25, 2012 and beginning in January 2013.
Joan Hart is the executive director of Museum One, Inc., an outreach service in Washington, D.C., bringing the arts to the local community. She is author of Through an Artist's Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively, a self-help book, enabling readers to enrich their lives by developing their personal creativity. For more information, visit our website given above or google arts everyday living.

Senin, 04 Maret 2013

Abstract Expressionism - The Basic Idiom of Art

Ever since the cave dwellers started creating art on the walls of Southern France, art has always been about abstraction. Even the most "Realist" of arts is after all an abstraction, a model of the "real" thing which the artist sees in a way, he deems fit. If some found this sight in strict measurements, perspective, and proportions, such as Durer or Da Vinci, some found it in forms and shadows, such as Rembrandt and Gainsborough. Every artist "distorts" reality, not as much by design, but by default.
Abstraction is an inherent process in art. It, in fact, is an integral part of the way we visualize things in our brains. It is a part of analysis, and synthesis, which leaps across all the humanity. It is as "mundane" as our daily lives. What lifts 'Abstraction' beyond the ordinary is 'Expressionism!' Art actually is at the very crux of its complexity, a dual play of these two entities, much like the yin and yang of the Orient.
Although 'Abstract Expressionism' lies at the very heart of the matters of art, it can be narrowed down to the particular "genres" of art forms. These genres are known particularly to alter the existing and "taken for granted" forms & shapes. The alteration results in a very different texture, which is at once innovative and familiar. For example, an orange is always spherical in shape. True, but what if it is pulled, pushed, and beaten in to another topological entity, such as a biscuit box? Would it still remain an orange? One might argue that its not "real" but then the "real Orange" that one claims to see is also an abstract expression of mind.
It is this dogma of "reality," most of the early 19th and 20th century artists have broken under the broad umbrella of "Abstract Expressionism." What began as a deliberate alteration of perspective by the "Impressionist" painters, such as Monet and Renoir, became a flood of intentional distortion by "Surrealists," "Cubists," and their ilk. Picasso is considered the quintessential "abstract" painter, making paintings, which were in a way not quite an art to many. However, he puts it eloquently as, "Others try to fool the eye, I try to fool the mind." A better definition of art is not known.
Art's greatest achievement has been that it has never been a slave to "reality," it has always been about "Abstraction" and "Expressionism," even when these fancy words did not exist. That is the underlying, yet the most misunderstood language of communication, the art of expression and the expression of art. Analysis and synthesis of "Abstract Expressionism" is not a part of art, it is "the" art.
Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Is is also a venue for artists to display and sell their art . Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited. Please visit the website at