Category: Art History

Problems to be Isolated, Described and Discussed

A & L developed slowly and untidily around a consensus that there were historical and objective problems which could be isolated and described, and thus discussed. This is what distinguished and distinguishes A & L from other artists or artistic formations. A & L saw these problems as matters to be articulated by work, rather…
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Contemporary Art Daily Text Analysis

Contemporary Art Daily (CAD) is a leading contemporary art blog that publishes documentation for selected shows of contemporary art. It was started in 2008 by then art student Forrest Nash, who describes the site as follows: Contemporary Art Daily is a website that publishes documentation of at least one contemporary art exhibition every day. We…
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Simple Word Frequency in Contemporary Art Daily Press Releases

A simple word frequency count of press releases on Contemporary Art Daily (note split city names): art:4511 exhibition:4422 work:4160 works:3906 new:3659 artist:3073 one:2195 gallery:2156 museum:1901 paintings:1898 link:1875 also:1765 space:1671 painting:1666 time:1521 like:1493 york:1462 first:1390 artists:1307 show:1282 objects:1230 solo:1222 two:1193 series:1179 form:1077 made:1058 contemporary:1027 world:985 images:978 present:967 sculptures:907 exhibitions:902 sculpture:892 well:873 way:865 group:849 image:832 life:805 film:794…
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Exploring Tate Art Open Data 0

Why visualise the Tate's collection dataset? The Tate is the UK's largest art institution. The free and open release of Tate's collection data shows just how far open data has come in the last decade, and makes a major resource available for study. This resource allows us to follow two lines of investigation. The first…
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Exploring Tate Art Open Data 2

This is the second in a series of posts examining Tate's excellent collection dataset. You can read the first part here.The R and R Markdown code for this series is available at https://gitorious.org/robmyers/tate-data-r/ . As before, let's get started by loading the data. source("../r/load_tate_data.r") Movement Artwork Counts Next let's load some code to visualize the…
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Exploring Tate Art Open Data 1

This is the first in a series of posts examining Tate's excellent collection dataset available at http://www.tate.org.uk/about/our-work/digital/collection-data . I've processed that dataset using code for Mongo DB and Node.js available at https://gitorious.org/robmyers/tate-data/ . The R and R Markdown code for this series is available at https://gitorious.org/robmyers/tate-data-r/ . This document has been produced using Knitr. Text…
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Exploring Art Data: My _MON3Y AS AN 3RRROR | MON3Y.US Review

Reviewing almost 70 artworks quickly and in depth is a challenge. With _MON3Y AS AN 3RRROR | MON3Y.US, I chose the approach of describing each artwork's notable features and then pulling out themes and commonalities at the end. Halfway through I realised that by changing each description into a standard format, I could write code…
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Work In Progress: Tate Collection Data Movements

Here's a sneak peek at one of the visualizations from my analysis of the Tate Collection data. It's a graph of Movements linked by their artists: More to come soon...
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Exploring the Tate Collection Metadata

The Tate have released their collection metadata in an exemplary way here: https://github.com/tategallery/collection Let's explore it using MongoDB, which you can find installation structions for here. First fetch and upload the JSON data: git clone https://github.com/tategallery/collection.git cd collection find artists -name *.json -exec perl -p -e 's/\n/ /' '{}' \; -exec echo \; | mongoimport…
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Importing Tate Collection Data Into MongoDB

You have to feed records into Mongo one per line. Like this: find artists -name *.json -exec perl -p -e 's/\n/ /' '{}' \; -exec echo \; | mongoimport --db tate --collection artists find artworks -name *.json -exec perl -p -e 's/\n/ /' '{}' \; -exec echo \; | mongoimport --db tate --collection artworks
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