August 10 | Open access collection marks success for the Met
Following an announcement made last February regarding the digitization of 375,000 HD images of its artworks, the Met in New York has completed the task, while in London the first artists to exhibit at the Battersea Power Station have been selected.
Met’s online presence increases
The initiative launched by the American institution last year has proved successful with the museum’s website seeing a 64% increase in image downloads. The data was gathered in partnership with Google BigQuery. The platform also saw a 17% increase in time spent on the platform.
Over 90% of the open access photos were also uploaded to Wikipedia Commons. The number of articles that include images from the Met collection has increased by 500% since February to 6,598. More on the Met Blog.
Two artists selected for the Battersea Power Station artistic program
Jesse Wine and Haffendi Anuar have been selected for the first edition of the “Powerhouse sculpture commission” at the Battersea Power Station and organised by the Cass Sculpture Foundation. Their work will be displayed for three months from September. Jessie Wine takes inspiration from sculptor Henry Moore while Haffendi Anuar is influenced by symbols of Malaysian architecture. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, is cultural councillor for the development and participated in the selection of artists.
The works will be put up for sale after the exhibition period and profits will go towards financing future commissions. More via The Art Newspaper.
Jesse Wine's Strong in body, strong in mind (2017) (Photo: Ben Westoby) (© Battersea Power Station and Cass Sculpture Foundation and the artist) / Haffendi Anuar's Machines for Modern Living (2017) (Photographer: Ben Westoby © Battersea Power Station and Cass Sculpture Foundation and the artist)
Two curatorial advisors selected for Frieze New York in 2018
The next edition of Frieze New York, due to take place in May 2018, has appointed two new members of the organisational team: Ruba Katrib, curator at the Sculpture Center and Andrew Bonacina, chief curator of the Hepworth Wakefield in the UK. Named as Curatorial advisors they will participate in the Frame section of the event, featuring galleries opened after 2010 with solo show presentations. More here.
Andrew Bonacina. Courtesy of The Hepworth Wakefield