‘Beyond Noh’ – a hypnotically rhythmical cycle though 3,745 masks: from ancient painted faces to pop culture mugs and the ubiquitous face-pants of the pandemic.
Created by mask enthusiast Patrick Smith, the sequence combines photos from museum archives, galleries, crowdsourced submissions and Smith’s own private collection. He sez of it:
To me, masks are an interesting way to view humanity. It seems to me that every culture in the history of the world has participated in some form of mask making, whether it’s for performance, ritual, protest, or utility.
In a world of paywalls and monetised content, fourteen Parisian museums including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais, and the Catacombs have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks by Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others freely available to the public via its collections portal. To wit:
Users can download a file that contains a high definition (300 DPI) image, a document with details about the selected work, and a guide of best practices for using and citing the sources of the image. Making this data available guarantees that our digital files can be freely accessed and reused by anyone or everyone, without any technical, legal or financial restraints, whether for commercial use or not,
Allez les musées!
Above (from top): Claude Monet’s “Soleil couchant sur la Seine à Lavacourt, effet d’hiver” (1880); Pierre Bonnard’s “Nu dans le bain” (1936); Paul Cézanne’s “Portrait d’Ambroise Vollard” (1899) and Eugène Atget’s “Coin des rues de Seine et de l’Echaudé, 6ème arrondissement, Paris” (1911).