Month: November 2010

archive.org Art History 2

More art catalogues and price lists available for download on archive.org.Reference works mentioned by the V&ALe trésor de la curiosité, tiré des catalogues de ventes de tableaux, etc ... avec diverses notes & notices historiques & biographiques. Les ventes de tableaux, dessins estampes et objets d'art aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (1611-1800). Essai de bibliographie.…
Posted in Art Computing, Art Open Data

Exploring Art Data 5

Let's look at some institutional data. We can scrape the Tate Galleries attendance figures from here and make a csv file of them. The first few lines of attendance.csv look like this:"Year","Tate Britain","Tate Modern","Tate Liverpool","Tate St Ives","BHM","Total" 2009,1595000,4788000,523000,219000,N/A,7125000 2008,1587655,4647881,1035958,203700,N/A,7475194 2007,1533217,5236702,694228,243993,N/A,7708140 2006,1597359,4895073,556976,193700,46220,7289328 2005,1729692,3902017,666258,180771,43502,6522240Now we can load the data into R and start working with the data:…
Posted in Art History, Art Open Data

Art Magazines, Journals and Catalogues at archive.org

Scans of old (19th and early 20th century) art magazines, journals, and catalogues can be found on archive.org along with text extracted from them. These are a very useful resource for study of the history of art.Google Books is better for searching for them, but archive.org is better for downloading them.Be wary of later editions…
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Art Freedom Of Information Requests

WhatDoTheyKnow is an excellent website that allows you to make,check on and search Freedom of Information (FoI) requests in the UK.Some of those FoI requests concern art.Art organizations:http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/search/art/bodiesThe National Gallery:http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/the_national_galleryThe NPG: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/the_national_portrait_galleryAnd of course The Tate:http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/the_tate_galleryIt's interesting to see not just the answers but what kinds of things peopel are asking which organizations about (and…
Posted in Art Open Data, Free Culture

Exploring Art Data 4

Let's draw some more graphs.Here's the matrix of form and genre rendered graphically: ## Load the tab separated values for the table of artworks artwork<-read.delim("./visual_art/artwork.tsv") # Get rows with both genre and form ## This loses most of the data :-/ art<-artwork[artwork$art_genre != "" & artwork$art_form != "", c("art_genre", "art_form")] ## Drop unused factors art$art_genre<-as.factor(as.character(art$art_genre))…
Posted in Art Computing, Art History, Art Open Data, Free Software, Howto

Exploring Art Data 3

Let's look at how much the "Grants For The Arts" programme of Arts Council England (ACE) gives to each region.First of all we'll need the data. That's available from data.gov.uk under the new CC-BY compatible Crown Copyright here. It's in XLS format, which R doesn't load on GNU/Linux, but we can convert that to comma-separated…
Posted in Art Computing, Art Open Data

Exploring Art History Data 2

Let's see how art form and genre relate in the Freebase "Visual Art" dataset of artworks. # read the artwork data artwork<-read.delim("visual_art/artwork.tsv") # Get rows with both genre and form # This loses most of the data :-/ art<-artwork[artwork$art_genre != "" & artwork$art_form != "", c("art_genre", "art_form")] # Drop unused factors art$art_genre<-as.factor(as.character(art$art_genre)) art$art_form<-as.factor(as.character(art$art_form)) # Get…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing, Art History, Art Open Data, Free Software, Howto

Found Art Criticism

I present Found Art Criticism:"Kanye West’s intermittent tweets about art always make my day, so you can imagine my joy when I saw these tweets pop up in my feed"http://hyperallergic.com/12488/kanye-on-ing-art-criticism/ Here's an example of Kanye West's art-related tweets from the post:"Like yo this Mark Rothko is the shit! You see it works. This is a…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Satire

Name That License

When you are blogging, tweeting, denting, or otherwise writing about a Creative Commons licensed work, please always state the actual licence rather than just saying "Creative Commons licensed" or "under a Creative Commons license".If the work's license is important enough to mention, it's worth mentioning the actual license.For people who know the licenses it helps…
Posted in Free Culture

Good Thinking On Free Art

I follow these six easy steps to make sure my art doesn’t get stolen online: http://www.gwennseemel.com/index.php/blog/comments/ripped_off_on_the_internet/And they're good ones, showing an awareness both of the advantages of the internet for promotion and the disadvantages of rent-seeking for career development.Go and have a read...
Posted in Art, Free Culture