New Digital Tools on the Web: Innovating history

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is the University of Luxembourg’s third interdisciplinary research centre, focusing on high-quality research, analysis and public dissemination in the field of contemporary Luxembourgish and European history. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach with a particular focus on new digital methods and tools for historical research and teachingThe blog provides information on various topics.

Digital history between critical thinking and charismatic ideology

Digital history provides new opportunities, but the use of digital tools should not blind historians to the existing challenges. An uncritical belief in the power of digital tools would be wrong, as much as an outright dismissive stance.



New Online Resource: Mapping Paintings

Mapping Paintings is an open-source platform that allows users to tailor-make their own individual scholarly mapping projects. The platform facilitates the realization of these types of projects with an easy uploading of data collected and assembled by scholars without the need for learning GIS or other technologies. Although we have limited the platform in concept to paintings, users can include paintings, drawings, and prints—and really any artwork. Users can make their projects private or public. The uploaded data, once approved by our admin team, becomes part of the global library, which is available to all users of the site.


Read this: “The Museum of Modern Art’s Artist Network Diagram and the Culture of Capitalism”

“Inventing Abstraction, Reinventing Our Selves: The Museum of Modern Art’s Artist Network Diagram and the Culture of Capitalism,”
by Nicole E. Reiner and Jonathan Patkowski

If the studio and the workshop are the places where artworks and new ways of thinking and seeing most often take shape, exhibitions are the sites where such creations meet the public and, in the course of their reception, make, and re-make, art history.

Inventing Abstraction at the Museum of Modern Art (December 23, 2012-April 15, 2013), which critics praised as offering a fresh, inclusive and cross-disciplinary perspective on the origins of artistic abstraction, is one such exhibition summoning the full potential of this form of object-based historiography.1 Alongside modernist titans like Picasso and Mondrian, the exhibition spotlighted comparatively unfamiliar figures and many women artists. Curator Leah Dickerman further stressed the transmedial reach of abstraction beyond the traditional domains of painting and sculpture by foregrounding abstract photography, music, dance and poetry, paralleling MoMA’s own disciplinary re-orientation beyond painting and sculpture over the preceding decade……..

Rutgers Art Review (11pp, a .pdf version is available)

New Art Historical Resources Online – Mapping Places

[1] Picturing Places at the British Library
[2] Launch of new art history mapping platform

[1] From: Felicity Myrone <>
Date: Apr 27, 2017

Subject: WWW: Picturing Places at the British Library

The British Library is delighted to announce the launch of Picturing Places , a new free online resource which explores the Library’s extensive holdings of landscape imagery.

The British Library’s huge collection of historic prints and drawings is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Picturing Places showcases works of art by well-known artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and J.M.W. Turner alongside images by a multitude of lesser-known figures. Only a few have ever been seen or published before.
Historically, the British Library’s prints and drawings have been overlooked by scholars. This is the first time that a large and important body of such materials from the Library are being brought to light.
While landscape images have often been treated as accurate records of place, this website reveals the many different stories involved – about travel and empire, science and exploration, the imagination, history and observation.
As well as over 500 newly-digitised works of art from the collection, this growing site will feature over 100 articles by both emerging and established scholars from many disciplines.  Part of the British Library’s ongoing Transforming Topography research project, films from the Library’s 2016 conference exploring the depiction of place are also accessible, providing revelatory insights about the history of landscape imagery. Follow @BL_prints for updates on the project’s progress

[2] From: Jodi Cranston <>
Date: Jul 17, 2017

Subject: WWW: Launch of new art history mapping platform

A new, open-source platform, Mapping Paintings (, allows users to map the movement of artworks across space and time. Developed by Jodi Cranston and generously funded by the Kress Foundation, the platform encourages any user to join the community and to contribute data and share their research projects!  Projects can also remain private.

Source: WWW: New Art Historical Resources on the Web [2]. In: H-ArtHist, Jul 20, 2017.

YouTube: TIAMSA at Art Basel on 15 June 2017

Late in 2016 TIAMSA and Art Basel envisaged to co-organize a round table on the theme of „Transparency in the Art Market“. Organized by Art Basel in co-operation with TIAMSA, this conversation finally entitled “Public / Private – New Rules: Is the Artworld a Mature Industry?“ was held on 15 June 2017 and is now available on YouTube.

TIAMSA President Olav Velthuis (University of Amsterdam), Lindsay Pollock (Editor-in-Chief of Art in America 2011-2017), Bob Rennie (Art Collector), Adam Sheffer (President, The Art Dealers Association of America) and Pierre Valentin (Partner in charge of the Art & Cultural Property Law Group, Constantine Cannon) engaged in a lively discussion moderated by Andrász Szántó (Consultant in the fields of art, media, cultural policy). Though held in the morning hours, the event was very well attended and got media coverage in “Il Sole 24 Ore” (Milan) through an informative article by Silvia Simoncelli (25 June 2017, no. 768, p. 20 – alas not available online, but we are hoping to reproduce the article here in one way or another).

Enjoy watching the conversation here!