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Dan Bailey
Alan Price

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artist statement
Etta and Claribel Cone, were two sisters, who over a period of 30 years amassed one of the world's most acclaimed collections of early 20th century French art. This "Cone Collection" with its incomparable holdings of work by Henri Matisse and major examples of Picasso, Cezanne, van Gogh, and Renoir, was donated to The Baltimore Museum of Art along with most of the sister's possessions and furniture in 1950. During their lives, however, the Cone Sisters lived with, and displayed their collection in their apartments. They were passionate about collecting and their apartments were full of items.

In November of 2000, the Imaging Research Center was approached by curators at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, with the challenge of augmenting the display of these historically important impressionist paintings and to compliment the existing exhibition without detracting from the meaning and beauty of the original art. IRC directors Dan Bailey and Alan Price proposed that digital media be used to provide a historical context for the artworks that is impossible to replicate in a physical exhibition space. Using numerous historical photographs of the sisters' apartments as a guide, the apartments would be virtually reconstructed so as to let museum viewers see the art work as the Cone Sisters curated themselves.