Google's new Google Art Project launched on Tuesday in collaboration with 17 museums around the world to bring you masterpieces easily viewable in your living room, but failed to include any Bay Area Art Museums. The Asian Art Museum tweeted about it yesterday with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Retweeting. This dis' comes on the heels of SFMoMA's exciting announcement today of 195 works promised to its permanent collection by art luminaries such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Francis Bacon, and Gerard Richter. Pretty great for SFMoMA, and apparently not good enough for Google.
Despite Google's major "fuck you" to its neighboring museums, Google Art Project is pretty legit. Google's Street View technology is now being used t
o bust drug dealers to bring these uber elitist museums' galleries straight to your laptop. The Art Project has selected a few masterpieces from each of the 17 museums to let viewers zoom in hella close on artworks like Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" at the New York MoMA, without having a museum guard freak the fuck out on you. But if you want to do that in San Francisco, you're going to actually have to put some clothes on and pay an admission fee until Google realizes its neighbs have some pretty awesome art too.