Art Online | December 2000

Those Moments in Wait by Milt Kobayashi at Meyer Gallery on www.artroots.com. southwest art
Those Moments in Wait by Milt Kobayashi at Meyer Gallery on www.artroots.com.

By James Turrell

Looking for an Art-Inspired Gift?
If you need a last-minute holiday gift for an arty friend or colleague, check out www.museumshop.com. This museum shopper’s paradise is created in collaboration with about 50 museums in the United States and Europe, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY, and the Louvre in Paris, France. The site features jewelry, books, decorative items, posters, and games. With the click of a mouse, you can surf from a Georgia O’Keeffe poster from the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, NY, to a puzzle based on a Frederic Remington painting from the collection of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, TX. Allow five to 10 business days for standard shipping, which costs $5.95. Allow three days for express delivery ($9.95).


Just Browsing
If you enjoy surfing through cyberspace for art, try www.artshow.com, a virtual art gallery with searchable engines for browsing by artist, medium, and subject. Click on landscapes, for example, and find works by California painter Clark Mitchell.  There’s a link to his Web site with images of his paintings and links to his galleries. If you like to read about art, check out www.artnewspaper.com for articles about happenings in various international art centers.

The Web site www.absoluteart.com is also worth perusing.  The online daily features pithy tidbits about art exhibits around the world. The exhaustive cyberspace resource also has links to artists, galleries, publications, and interactive forums on art.


Path to the Top by Clark M. Mitchell at www.artshow.com southwest art.
Path to the Top by Clark M. Mitchell at www.artshow.com

Rooting for Art
There aren’t many Web sites like www.artroots.com, where you can find mention of the Scottsdale art scene in Arizona and reference to the Upper Bavaria fine art of Germany on the same screen. While this idiosyncratic site includes information that spans the globe, it also contains a healthy dose of facts about artists who live and work in the West. There are images and sometimes biographies of deceased painters like Carl Rungius as well as living ones like Cyrus Afsary. There’s also a section on California and New Mexico artists with links to galleries. Click on Southern California artists, for example, and you can find links to the Web sites of Golden State galleries like Pitzer’s of Carmel and Redfern Gallery in Laguna Beach. Or check out the Scottsdale scene to find a link to the paintings of Milt Kobayashi at Meyer Gallery.


Save Outdoor Sculpture Project
The Smithsonian Art Museum has announced a milestone in the first stage of its ongoing Save Outdoor Sculpture! project with the establishment of the most comprehensive database of American public sculpture. The online inventory sports a wealth of information about the status of nearly 32,000 publicly accessible outdoor sculptures across the country. So far more than 7,000 volunteers have collected information about the history and condition of their communities’ public sculpture. To visit the project Web site log on to www.americanart.si.edu/study and click on Save Outdoor Sculpture! For information about how to add your community’s public sculpture to the online catalog, call 888.767.7285.


Just for Kids
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, wants to interest kids in art and has opened a Web site featuring some high-tech magic. Children can log on to www.nga.gov/kids and play a virtual hide-and-seek in an artist’s studio of the 1800s or discover images by George Caitlin, the painter who specialized in depicting Native Americans. The site leads youngsters into an online project to create Indian names, costumes, and headdresses. There’s also a guaranteed kid-pleaser—an animated version of John Singleton Copley’s Watson and the Shark that shows a hungry beast chomping in expectation.

Fax items for Art Online to Bonnie Gangelhoff at 713.850.1314 or e-mail them to bonnieg@southwestart.com.


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