“Art Talks,” a new series of Hangouts on Air on Google Art Project Google+ page launched today aims to brings excellent art gallery or museum’s collections to life.
“Each month, curators, museum directors, historians and educators from some of the world’s most renowned cultural institutions will reveal the hidden stories behind particular works, examine the curation process and provide insights into particular masterpieces or artists,” informs Google.
The first guided visit will be held this Wednesday, March 6 at 8pm ET from The Museum of Modern Art. And, the next talk on March 20, Caroline Campbell and Arnika Schmidt from the National Gallery from London will discuss depictions of the female nude.
Additionally, in April, “a host panel will exame one of the Google Art Project’s popular gigapixel works, Bruegel’s “Tower of Babel,” featuring Peter Parshall, curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington,” google adds.
Update 03/21: Google just added 30 new partners to its Google Art Project, contributing nearly 2,000 diverse works including contemporary art from Latin America, ancient art from China, rare Japanese paintings and Palaeolithic flint heads from Spain.
“With 40,000+ artworks to explore from more than 200 museums in more than 40 countries–one highlight of the new collection is a more than 100 works from walls, doors and galleries in São Paulo have been photographed and will be included in the Art Project,”informs Google.
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In other releated news, Google has now begun redirecting picasaweb.google.com to the Google+ Photos albums.
For over a year since Google+ photos was launched, Picasa Web Albums has not added any new features, while +Photos constantly impropving as Google is slowly getting rid off Picasa.
However, those who want to go back to the Picasa can simply use this URL that Google displays in a message stating: “Click here to go back to Picasa Web Albums.” When you use the URL, Google sets a cookie value that prevents the redirect to Google+ Photos even when you enter picasaweb.google.com in the address bar.