Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Feeling Lucky? Or Let Down?: A Roundup of Art Critics on Google's New Mega-Museum - ARTINFO.com

Feeling Lucky? Or Let Down?: A Roundup of Art Critics on Google's New Mega-Museum - ARTINFO.com

As with any kind of new tech application, there are going to be pros and cons. I tried out Google's Art Project and found it good in some ways and way wonky in others. The good includes getting to examine some works in close detail that you wouldn't be able to in real life. The not-so-good, for me, are the somewhat limited selections from each museum that you are able to see. Granted, it's a big undertaking to document the collections of major museums for an online application, not to mention all of the legal wrangling that must be involved.

I guess my expectations for more views of the museums' various rooms and collections were a little high at this stage of the game. Hopefully, there will be some tweaking of the program to and more of the collections included at a later time. That said, no matter how good Google's Art Project gets, it is still a far second-best to being able to view the works in person.
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