Perhaps you followed the story this summer about Ai Wewei, the well-known Chinese artist who was "detained" by Chinese authorities for several months and eventually released. I thought I'd put together a quick primer on who he is and what happened:
Video about a current show of his architectural work.
There are a few web sites that are attempting to become complete Art histories, but in a different model than the traditional survey textbook.
ArtHistoryUnstuffed is based on a blog and podcast model--it's got a single author with a vision and control.
smarthistory is slightly more wiki-like. It has a number of contributors, allows users to submit content, and includes multi-media presentations. It's attempting to become an online textbook and course unto itself, not just to supplement a traditional book or course. The cool thing about smarthistory is that it's got more than you could ever want. The problem may be that it's got more than you can possibly fit into your schedule. Or your brain. (Hint: the Flickr pool may be a great place to get good notecard images.)
Have fun with both, and let me know if you come across any other sites of this type.
First, thanks to Jenny for encouraging me to get this running again.
I'll have a new batch of students in two weeks, and I plan on insisting that they follow this blog. I'll sometimes post things very pertinent to their classwork, just to make sure they're paying attention.
But to those of you already following: any suggestions? Anything I can do to make it more readable or interesting? Any technical tips that I should already know but don't? I'd love to hear from you, either as a comment here or an email. Or even a Facebook message.
If you were to ask me about the early days of computer-generated art, I would look back to the late 1970s and early 80s. Apparently I would, as is all to often the case, be wrong. This article (frustratingly lacking pictures) is a review of this book about several pioneering groups of computer artists--from 1961 to 1973.