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e-MUSEUMS – THE FRICK COLLECTION BRINGS DEGAS TO YOU

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The Frick Collection

ELEGANCE

The Frick Collection, aka “The Frick,” is presenting the exhibition, The Impressionist Line  from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark, from March 12, 2013 to June 16, 2013. “The Frick”is internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, and known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts, which are a must-see for art lovers on a visit to New York City.

THE EXHIBITION, VIRTUALLY

For our purposes, we are going to look at how the Frick has used New Media technology to make the Exhibition available and accessible to anyone in the world. The Frick’s solution is characterized by elegance and simplicity.

The online exhibition is organized into the following categories, each with a live link to the subject matter:

   Edgar Degas (1834–1917)  Jockey on a Rearing Horse, 1890s Black chalk and pastel on cream wove paper 9 3/16 x 14 3/16 in. (23.3 x 36 cm) Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, [link, http://www.clarkart.edu/] Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1399


Edgar Degas (1834–1917)
Jockey on a Rearing Horse, 1890s
Black chalk and pastel on cream wove paper
9 3/16 x 14 3/16 in. (23.3 x 36 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1399

DEGAS

We will use Degas to illustrate how The Frick has used New Media technology for Fine Art.

The Exhibition Itself

As the Frick’s website notes,

This exhibition presents a selection of nineteenth-century French drawings and prints from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Sheets by Millet, Courbet, Degas, Manet, Pissarro, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other masters are on view. Ranging widely in subject matter and technique and spanning the entire second half of the nineteenth century, these works represent the diverse interests of Realist, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist artists in a rapidly changing world.

Clarity & Simplicity

The work of the artist is described clearly and simply. All of the essential information is conveyed in just two sentences:

Underlying Degas’s prowess as a draftsman was a thorough academic training that included drawing after Old Master paintings and Greek and Roman sculpture in the Louvre. An example of this practice, this student work combines images of the celebrated antique marble gladiator, represented from different viewpoints, with the profile of the head of another sculpture.

Quality & Elegance

All images expand for full viewing immediately, with just a click.

Ability to Navigate

The Visual Index, The Complete Artist Index, and Works by Decade allow the visitor to see all of the works and artists in one place.

Frick Exhibition Catalogue

It is hoped that The Frick will include the video presentation by Jay A. Clarke, and make sample pages of the exhibition Catalogue available to the virtual visitor.

THE FRICK AND FINE ART IN THE NEW MEDIA

The Frick’s presentation of Fine Art in the New Media in this exhibition is an excellent example of a elegant and user friendly UI – it is easy to use,  and easy to understand. The friendly UI, is not a barrier, and not overwhelming either in technology or text. Instead, the design and experience is simple, and elegant.

THE FRICK, VIRTUALLY

You can preview The Frick Collection using its Virtual Tour.The Frick Collection was one of the first museums to offer a Virtual Tour in 1998, and was updated and expanded in 2012 to include all of the public spaces and gardens. The tour features links to works of art in the galleries at the time the update was made, a history of the galleries and architecture, Acoustiguide audio tour in six languages, and images from The Frick Collection Archives.

Here is the tour for for The  Frick’s Library pictured bellow.

You may also visit the Frick Collection at the Google Art Project,  and watch a vidio of a prior exhibition of Renoir.

Frick Museum Library

 

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The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark is organized by Colin B. Bailey and Susan Grace Galassi of The Frick Collection, New York, and by Jay A. Clarke of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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