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The Art of Video Games

March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012

One major question the art world grapples with today asks: Are video games art? The Smithsonian American Art Museum has answered this question in the positive with its latest exhibition: The Art of Video Games. This exhibit is designed to recognize the creativity, storytelling, technology and elements of art and design that are all part of a video game. Featuring games chosen by popular vote such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Halo 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, artistic elements are examined in videos and prints of stills selected from the games. The exhibition also takes a look at the history of video games and their systems from the Atari to the PS3. The Art of Video Games opens this weekend with GameFest!, which will hold panel discussions with video game pioneers, designers, artists, and of course will feature live gaming. If you can’t make it out to Washington D.C., this groundbreaking exhibition is scheduled to travel, so check out the listings for the dates and location nearest you.


“Endangered Library Negatives of Works of Art in Private Collections”

William Barraud, A Piebald Hackney, 1838
Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches
Source: Frick Photoarchive, digital image 52282

Searching in vain for a painting by a now-obscure artist? One new place to check is the Frick Collection’s digital image archive:

“Early in its history, The Frick Art Reference Library sponsored photographic expeditions throughout the United States as well as in Europe to document works of art not previously photographed, gaining entry to collections few researchers had any hope of seeing. The 57,000 large-format negatives that comprise this collection are, for the most part, unique visual records of lesser-known and previously unpublished works of art. The most substantial section of the collection is composed of negatives from the American campaigns. Between 1922 and 1967, Frick staff photographers conducted field trips to document works of art, primarily early American portraits, in American collections.”