Midterm requirements

Why you chose the subject matter and objects for your project? The focus is on women painters from different places and times, that practiced the abstract and minimal language in their art. The paintings are related by gender, location, and personal history of the artists. The selection of paintings intends to explore the abstract and minimal vocabulary used in the details. The corpus of artworks reflects on a visual landscape in the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, Agnes Martin, and Hilma af Klint. The intention is to provide a visual context in which the viewer can explore the vocabulary that it is intrinsic to abstract and minimal paintings. It is also expected to provide a common ground between the artists and reflect on the artistic vein that was so strong in their artistic and creative work. It is important to emphasize the concept of landscape, as a metaphor in which the viewer can comprehend the commonalities as a whole, and see them as a way to explore art history through the visual vocabulary.

Where you found your images and data? Online collection of Guggenheim, Artsy, Hilma af Klint Foundation, Tate, and Georgia O´Keeffe Museum.

Explain what fields/elements used in your resource template and why you chose them; explain how you crafted the naming convention for the identifier

  • Identifier: this is the identification number of the artwork. In the case of 2000.39, we can infer that "2000" is the year of acquisition, and "39" is the number within the total acquisitions of that year.
  • Creator: is the name of the artist. Data entry is based on the Getty: The Union of Artist Names (ULAN)
  • Title: is the name of the artwork, in some cases it is untitled.
  • Date: is the date of creation of the artwork
  • Medium: is the material of the artwork
  • Type: is the type of artwork and it is based on Getty: The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)
  • Format: is the field form dimensions of the artwork. Here I use an alternative label because it is more common to refer to dimensions instead of format for artworks.
  • Subject: here it is a combination of topics related to the artwork or artist. The field is associated with Getty: The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)
  • Rights: it is the person or institution that holds the copyrights
  • Rights Holder: is the legal entity or person that has the rights
  • Description: provides texts from curators or specialists referring to the artwork or artist
  • Source: is the source of information

Identify what fields you assigned a standardized controlled vocabulary, which vocabulary did you choose and why.

  • Creator: data entry is based on the Getty: The Union of Artist Names (ULAN) because it gives consistency in the presentation of the name and last name of the artist. It also helps to implement better practices if you want to connect or share the data with other institutions that use the same vocabulary.
  • Type: Getty: The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) allows to link the data to an official site that provides correct and precise data. This minimizes errors.
  • Subject: The field is associated with Getty: The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) this helps to provide a context of terms that can be related to the artwork. In the same way, it helps to provide correct data and minimize errors.

Walk us through each item on your site

My Front Yard, Summer
O'Keeffe, Georgia
My Front Yard, Summer
Oil on canvas
oil painting (technique)
20 × 30 1/10 in (50.9 × 76.5 cm)
© Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collection Online
Rights Holder
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Widely considered one of the greatest 20th-century American artists, painter Georgia O'Keeffe created serene works to reflect the world around her. Close-up flowers, a signature motif, are so magnified that the petals and blooms become abstracted into sweeping shapes and swaths of color. A celebrated icon herself, O'Keeffe carved out her own style apart from the chaotic modern art scene of the time and paved the way for many women artists to come. She was also known for her complicated relationship with Alfred Stieglitz. As his wife and muse, O’Keeffe often stayed in New York City, producing dark, vertical paintings of urban scenes, with compositions suggestive of the Stieglitz’s photography. Later in life, she would fall in love with the stark landscape and open skies of New Mexico, and starting in 1929 would spend significant—and eventually all—of her time there, painting the landscape, architecture, and bleached animal bones.

Describe the object: the object is a painting made by Georgia O’Keeffe. It is a landscape with a view of a mountain, with vibrant and soft colors such as pink, blue, and green. The beauty of this oil painting is that it softness remains us to a watercolor.

Where did you get the object and data from? The data came from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Collections Online and Artsy.

How does the source metadata differ from your metadata? I had to combine both sources to complete the metadata.

Did you have to map any elements? No

Did you enrich any of the data? I add a description that provides more information about the artist.

Did you disagree with the way the object was cataloged? If so, why and what did you change?
Artsy provides both, centimeters and inches, while the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Collections Online provides only inches. This may increase the possibility of errors because a registrar will have to convert inches to centimeters to provide both types of measures. It is better to have both, so the person in charge doesn’t have to go back and convert the dimensions. On the other hand, when an institution provides both, it is acknowledging that its artwork has an international scope, rather than just local.

Describe your perspective on the object? Are you cataloging as work or as an image? I am cataloging as work because the information treatment is based on physical and visual characteristics museum professionals use to refer to painting.

Link: http://omekas.prattsi.org/s/abstract-and-minimalism/page/about