Photo by William Keighley in ARTstor
Those missing Spain after the BGC’s trip there (or those who wish they’d been able to go) may be interested in ARTstor’s newly available collection of William Keighley’s photographs of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage routes. Keighley photographed the art and architecture of thirty sites along the pilgrimage route and he collected the images on some 5,000 35 mm color slides, which he donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art along with the rest of his slide collection.
ARTstor and the Met have digitized about 900 of the Compostela slides so far. To view this first batch made available on March 29, go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and open “The Metropolitan Museum of Art: William Keighley”, or, search the keywords “metmuseum” and “keighley”.
Jason Epstein, a book publisher with over fifty years’ experience in the industry and prolific writer himself, shares his current thoughts on digital publishing and the future of bookselling in the March 11 issue of the New York Review of Books.
The piece is online at http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23683 and our hard copy is on the BGC Library’s newspaper racks on the second floor. I saw the digital version first, in a link from a library blog, and am passing it along digitally here, but I was happy as always that our library subscribes to the “real” Review, because I actually read the piece in print–interesting to observe while reading Epstein’s description of the digital present and future.
Jason Epstein was born in 1928 and entered the book publishing business in the 1940s to work for the legendary Bennet Cerf. His highly readable account of book publishing in the twentieth century (published in 2002 on the brink of the twenty-first century), Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future, won a National Book Award, and it’s fun to read his thoughts as he continues to write on the industry since.
I don’t look often enough at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture considering the wealth of information therein. As they state on their home page, the project
collects and creates electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and facsimiles, image databases, and Web resources. Made possible by the Chipstone Foundation, the project is produced at the University of Wisconsin Madison General Library System.
The Digital Library contains over sixty beautifully digitized facsimiles, from classics such as Edith Wharton’s “The Decoration of Houses” and Owen Jones’s “The Grammar of Ornament” to three lovely World’s Fair exhibition catalogues. The latest additions just added were the English translation of Jan Nieuhof’s account of An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperor of China (1673) and Irving Whitall Lyon’s The Colonial Furniture of New England (1891).
Check them out, and, if you haven’t used the Digital Library recently, you may browse the complete list of titles in the online facsimile collection at http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/DLDecArts/TextAbout.html (scroll down through the bottom of the page).
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This week at Wired magazine’s “Threat Level” column, David Kravetz examines Google’s federal court “fairness hearing” currently underway in Manhattan in front of U.S. District Judge Denny Chin.
The short piece is filled with links to information on the case, which revolves around Google Books’s digitization of over 7 million books and the copyright and antitrust issues involved therein, and is worth a look for that reason alone.
Kravetz describes his position on the project in a few short sentences near the end:
To be sure, in a utilitarian world, Google’s plans should be applauded.
But we live in the real world. Google — whether envied or vilified — already corners the online search and advertising market. Owning the written word is perhaps a Google trifecta — and maybe more worrisome than a delay to the inevitable online distribution of the world’s literature.
To read the piece, “Google Books Fosters Legal, Intellectual Crossroads,” see Wired at
In honor of the BGC’s “Artifact in the Age of New Media” symposium this week, a short series of posts on this intersection:
First up, news from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has recently digitized ten exhibition catalogues for inclusion in the first of a planned series of online “Reading Rooms” on their website:
This first reading room is devoted to southern California art of the 1960s and 1970s and the ten catalogues included originally accompanied a group of groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art held at LACMA (mostly) in the 1960s. Another online reading room is planned for the spring — I’m hoping for catalogues related to exhibitions of their incredible Asian art collections.