From the Official Google Blog:
An excellent guide often best brings an art gallery or museum’s collections to life. [Google is] hoping to bring this experience online with “Art Talks,” a series of Hangouts on Air on our Google Art Project Google+ page. Each month, curators, museum directors, historians and educators from some of the world’s most renowned cultural institutions will reveal the hidden stories behind particular works, examine the curation process and provide insights into particular masterpieces or artists.
Google calls the Google Art Project a ” place for anyone who wants to talk about art, museums, artists and other sources of inspirations” and it may indeed fill that purpose. Information, intelligent conversation, and well-written criticism can bring art to life.
Art Talks is the latest expansion to Google’s Art Project, an attempt to make images of fine art, and now of art criticism, available to all. A laudable goal, although I remain concerned about the monster Google has become.