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Google Launches Art Project


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Today, Google launched Art Project, a collaboration between the internet giant and 17 international art museums including the Metropolitan, MoMA, the Tate Britain, the Frick Collection, and the Museo Reina Sofia.

The website features 385 gallery rooms with over 1,000 high-resolution–some even rendered with a “gigapixel” digitizing process–reproductions of works by over 486 artists. Participating museums can be viewed in two ways: as a walking trip through galleries evocative of Google Street View, or as a piece-by-piece tour viewable in an image window.

Exhibiting works from Botticelli to Chris Ofili, Google Art Project hopes to recruit additional institutions, including the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

To visit the site, head to GoogleArtProject.com.

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Tate Britain Undergoing Transformation


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The Tate Britain, one of the most celebrated art institutions in England, has announced plans for extensive gallery renovations beginning next fall.  The project’s agenda includes new walls, roofs, and floors, a retooled entrance, and a re-hung collection.

Starting February 2012, nine galleries in the southern and oldest part of the Tate Britain’s 19th-century building will be aesthetically updated. In addition, the domed atrium at the entrance of the gallery will be opened, supplemented by a new spiral staircase leading down to the lower level. The museum’s Millbank entrance will become its “public face,” while the building’s upper level will be open to the public for the first time since 1927.

Plans also feature two new constructions: a cafe and learning studios, motivated by rapidly increasing attendance.

Tate officials expect the renovation to be complete in 2013.

Visit Art Daily for more.

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Culture News: Richard Wright’s Plan of Destruction


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The New York Times reported that workers at the Tate Britain Museum have sanded and painted over a Turner Prize-winning painting by Richard Wright…all according to the artist’s plan.

Wright’s prize winning fresco,  an abstract work in gold leaf saw art handlers sand and paint over the work at the end of last week, following the closure of his Turner prize exhibition. According to the Guardian UK: “Wright didn’t see it go: the Glasgow-based artist tends not to linger at the grave of his works. This is what the artist wanted. Wright’s pieces are intended to be ­temporary, to exist in the memory ­after their destruction.”

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Museums: Classified at Tate Britain


Recent major acquisitions of British contemporary art will go on display today in the BP sponsored Exhibition  “Classified,” opening at Tate Britain on 22 June 2009. This free exhibition will include large-scale works from Tate’s collection. Using a wide range of media, Classified will feature new acquisitions which will be on display at Tate for the first time, such as Jake & Dinos Chapman’s Chapman Family Collection 2002 and two works from Damien Hirst’s recent gift to Tate: The Acquired Inability to Escape 1991, one of the artist’s early vitrine works, and Life Without You 1991.

Classified will offer visitors to Tate Britain the opportunity to see exceptional works by leading contemporary artists and to explore the recent development of Tate’s outstanding collection. Artists represented in the exhibition will be: Phillip Allen, Gillian Carnegie, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Ceal Floyer, Damien Hirst, Simon Patterson, Peter Peri, Fiona Rae, Simon Starling, and Rebecca Warren.

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Tuesday 22 June – Sunday 23 August 2009

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