Friday, April 6, 2012

Wiki Paintings: A New Image Bank

Robert Rauschenberg Monogram 1955

A new site for art images has just arrived, Wikipaintings. It is a non-profift site and will not contain advertising in any form. The founders hope to make, “classical art a little more accessible and comprehensible, and also want to provide a new form of interaction between contemporary artists and their audience. In the future we plan to cover the entire history of art — from cave artworks to the new talents of today.” Users can search by art work — style, genre, technique, etc. 
Wikipaintings does not appear to be affiliated with Wikipedia but functions as any wiki would. Users will be able to add their own content and edit already existing text.
Right now it seems that artists are being added. A search done for Richard Serra, a modern large-scale sheet metal sculptor did not bring up results but a search on sculptor and installation artist  Louise Bourgeois brought up a number of her works. A search on contemporary painter
John Currin 
did not return any results. The images are very good representations and searching is allowed by artist name, genre, movement, and nationality. Brief biographical information about the artist is included.
A reviewer says, “I still love Google Art Project for the amazing depth and detail, but Wikipaintings is much better for understanding and visualizing the growth of an artist through his or her lifetime.  I look forward to seeing how Wikipaintings grows once it is open to contributors; maybe it will even expand beyond 2-D work into sculpture and installation art.” (from
Wikipaintings is in its beta phase and you can read more about them on their facebook page.

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