MoMA

Oil vs Synthetic Polymer: Trends in MoMA Paintings

Based on this dataset of MoMA art collection: https://www.kaggle.com/momanyc/museum-collection

 

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Looks like synthetic polymer was fashionable in the 70s, and oil paintings slowly regained some popularity in MoMA until 2000s.

I expected a higher percentage of watercolor and acrylic paintings, but they are very negligible in the MoMA collection.

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I’m surprised to see that linen beats wood and paper in recent years. Most linen entries are oil on linen. Perhaps it’s time to do some reading and learn the difference between oil on linen versus oil on canvas.

P.S. Highly recommend the free summer concerts at MoMA! The ongoing Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit is also worth visiting.

MoMA/Tate Dataset

Found this MoMA dataset on Kaggle:

https://www.kaggle.com/momanyc/museum-collection

The artworks dataset contains 130,262 records, representing all of the works that have been accessioned into MoMA’s collection and cataloged in our database. It includes basic metadata for each work, including title, artist, date, medium, dimensions, and date acquired by the Museum.

Yet to try out more interesting analysis, but here’s a list of top 20 countries with the most number of artists featured in MoMA. A simple gender count shows that about 18% of all featured artists are female. 

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Top 20 Countries with most artists featured in MoMA

Top 2 longest artwork titles:

  1. Lisa Oppenheim, 2012, photography. ‘A Handley Page Halifax of No. 4 Group flies over the suburbs of Caen, France, during a major daylight raid to assist the Normandy land battle. 467 aircraft took part in the attack, which was originally intended to have bombed German strongpoints north of, Caen, but the bombing area was eventually shifted nearer the city because of the proximity of Allied troops to the original targets. The resulting bombing devastated the northern suburbs, 1944/2012’
  2. Jimmie Durham, 1989, moose skull with antler, metal pipe, wood, and paint. ‘The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan is the World’s Largest Gothic Cathedral. Except, of course, that it is a fake; first by the simple fact of being built in Manhattan, at the turn of the century. But the stone work is re-inforced with steel which is expanding with rust. Someday it will destroy the stone. The Cathedral is in Morningside Heights overlooking a panoramic view of Harlem which is separated by a high fence.’

To be updated! There’s also a dataset by the Tate Collection in UK. Should be interesting to compare the two. https://github.com/tategallery/collection