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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:
- Drawing and Printmaking in Nineteenth-Century France
- Exhibition Overview
- Complete Checklist
- Complete Artist Index
- Works by Decade
- Visual Index
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 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.
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.