So now we have V2.0 which is reviewed by Roberta Smith of the NYT here. She pretty much nails it so go there for details. There is much to be thrilled about and one big thing and some smaller things worthy of big upgrades.
To be thrilled about:
- The sheer size of the project. It contains 131 museums and 32,000 works. You can spend days and days poking around.
- Incredible depth in 19th Century art: Impressionists like Van Gogh, Pissaro, Degas, Manet, Monet, etc, great American painters like Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent,William Merritt Chase, and Thomas Eakins
- More high resolution images to zoom in on
- Ancient works and works from non-Western traditions
- Real depth and breadth except......
To be sorely disappointed about:
- The 20th Century hardly exists, e.g. nada, nil, naught, nothing by Picasso. Or Pollock. Or Duchamp. One by Joan Mitchell, de Kooning, Clyford Still (and not a very good one), and Diebenkorn (but at least it's a good one). If it weren't for the Todelo (Toledo!) Museum of Art (the only Louis Morris, or de Kooning or Delaunay, one of the few Hoppers and Mondrians) the century would be even more bare. And we can thank the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum for all 7 of the Romare Beardens. It's as if Dada and the Abstract Expressionists never existed. I know there are copyright issues but this is ridiculous!
- Missing some biggie museums. The Louvre anyone?
- Artists are sorted by first name. What is that about?
- The interface still needs improvement
Still it's an art lover's marvel and if V3.0 improves it as much as the jump to v2.0 I'll be one happy camper.