ARTstor Digital Library drops Java: upcoming changes in ARTstor

ARTstor will be performing an upgrade on Tuesday, April 16th between 6:00 AM and 1:00 PM that will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library. After the upgrade, single image downloads will be delivered as Zip files.

Users downloading single images will receive a Zip file that contains a JPEG image and an HTML file with the image information. ARTstor has step by step instructions on how to download single images as Zip files here. Mac users should have no problems opening the Zip files, but Windows users may need to install new software. ARTstor recommends 7-Zip, available free at 7-zip.org.

The change to Zip downloads will only effect single image downloads; image group downloads into the Offline Image Viewer will remain the same.

During the upgrade, ARTstor will still be accessible, but users may experience some slowness. If you experience any difficulties after the update, please clear the cache on your browser and restart your image browser. If you have any questions or concerns about using ARTstor, please contact Laura Grutzeck, The Visual Resources Librarian, at lgrutzeck@uarts.edu.

 

 

 

Oxford Art Online: Have You Used It?

Have you used Oxford Art Online yet? Check it out! Oxford Art Online is a fantastic reference source that combines four Oxford University Press titles — Dictionary of Art (a 34-volume encyclopedia, called Grove Art Online in the online version), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (4 volumes), Oxford Companion to Western Art, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms — into one electronic source. It’s a great place to start research for artists or any art-related topic. Oxford Art Online includes clickable images and links to ARTstor, plus links to museums that hold particular works or examples of a style of work. You can e-mail your search results to any e-mail address, and there’s even a button that will show you how to properly cite your item. Here’s an example article on Surrealism from Grove Art Online. Note all the cross-references that are linked. (If you just need a quick definition, take a look at Surrealism in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.)

There are lots of other features: from the Oxford Art Online home page, click on Tools and Resources, then Grove Art to see Thematic Guides, Timelines of World Art, and MoMA/Grove Art Resources for Educators. Fabulous! And if you like the image of the diagram of the zodiac above, check out the article, “Diagrams in Medieval Art”, for more info.

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Arthur B. Carles

Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Arthur B. Carles to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

"Still-Life with Flowers" 1935

Arthur Beecher Carles was an American artist who lived from 1882-1952. He attended and eventually taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts here in Philadelphia, where he began his start as a well-received Modernist painter.

"Torso" 1922

He is known for his use of bright colors and painterly style. As his work progressed, he began to add elements of Cubism and Abstract Expressionism while he moved away from more traditional subject matters.

 

If you would like to see more work by Carles, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Nude" 1930

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Edward Burra

"Photo of Edward Burra" c. 1973

Visual Resources recently added works by British artist Edward Burra to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

Edward Burra was a British artist who lived from 1905-1976. The height of his popularity occurred in Europe during the 1920s and 30s. Burra drew inspiration from Dada and Surrealism, which is clear in his work.

"The Two Sisters" 1929

Over the course of his career, his paintings’ subject matters and styles changed, making him more closely related to British Modernism.
His art includes everything from landscapes to political pieces to caricatures.

He worked primarily in England, but also traveled to Spain, which is where his art took on darker and more political themes.

If you would like to see more works by Burra, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Super Cinema" 1934
"The Tunnel" 1966

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Robert Alan Bechtle

Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Robert Alan Bechtle to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

"'61 Pontiac" 1968-69

Robert Bechtle is an American artist, born 1932. He is a Photorealist, which was most popular during the 1970s. Bechtle used photography to construct his paintings, taking a picture of something first, then working from the photograph.

"Roses" 1973

There is a certain simplicity to Photorealism that can be refreshing. The artists’ intentions are usually to just paint exactly what is seen. This holds true for Bechtle’s work, though his paintings also emit a sense of stillness. Now, they also exhibit some nostalgia for the American lifestyle.

 

"'71 Buick" 1972

If you would like to see more works by Bechtle, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.