CAA News Today

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by Christopher Howard — Mar 09, 2016

Each week CAA News publishes summaries of eight articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Art Galleries Face Pressure to Fund Museum Shows

Galleries have always provided scholarly support for museums exhibiting their artists’ work. Now they’re expected to provide money, too. In today’s exploding art market and amid diminishing corporate donations and mounting exhibition costs, nonprofit museums have been leaning more heavily on commercial galleries to help pay for shows featuring work by artists the galleries represent. (Read more from the New York Times.)

Help Desk: Critic or Collector?

I want to write a review of a dazzling painting show. While I can’t afford the artist’s paintings, I want to buy a work on paper. Is there an ethical problem of covering this exhibition and buying a piece that is not in it—as long as I don’t write about the artist in the future? (Read more from Daily Serving.)

Co-opting “Official” Channels through Infrastructures for Openness

News recently broke about a new service called DOAI that is designed to support open access. It is not a publishing model or a repository but rather a type of infrastructure. When a user inputs a DOI, DOAI connects the user to a freely available copy of the publication. (Read more from the Scholarly Kitchen.)

Why the Rauschenberg Foundation’s Easing of Copyright Restrictions Is Good for Art and Journalism

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has announced it would ease copyright restrictions on art belonging to the artist. The move will make images of Rauschenberg’s work much easier to access and disseminate. It will do this in a number of ways. (Read more from the Los Angeles Times.)

Taking the Family with You on a Fellowship

Seared in my mind is the memory of a day in 2006 when I received my award letter for a much-coveted fellowship in the social sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. My daughter had just turned four, and I was a recently divorced single mother with a former partner living five thousand miles away. I cried tears of joy at being accepted, followed by tears of sadness for having to turn it down. (Read more from Vitae.)

Archaeology’s Information Revolution

Archaeology, as a way of examining the material world, has always required a certain deftness in scale. You must be able to zoom in very close—at the level of, say, a single dirt-encrusted button—then zoom out again to appreciate why that one ancient button is meaningful. Carrying out that task is now possible in ways that were, until very recently, barely imaginable. (Read more from the Atlantic.)

Read and Unread

Social-media use and text messaging aren’t leading college students to ignore email, according to a new study. But that doesn’t mean students read every email they get. Those findings come from Bowling Green State University, where researchers surveyed 315 students in a variety of majors about their use of email, social media, and text messaging. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed.)

And That’s Me with the Mona Lisa!

An art museum is built for contemplation, exploration, and exhilaration. It’s a place to lose yourself as you’re transported into a wondrous world of color and light, a journey that can leave you dazzled, disturbed, and deeply moved. Or, you can just take a selfie while standing in front of a masterpiece. (Read more from Pacific Standard.)

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