Pokémon Go is now the most downloaded smartphone app in the US and its users aren't just wandering the streets looking to catch the characters.
Museums are embracing the game, and are taking advantage of the crowds, drawing an increase in traffic by becoming a Pokéstop. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Boston's Museum of Fine Art are just some of the well known Pokéstops.
While making public art, cultural hubs and monuments stops in the game are seen as mostly good, there are some concerns with its sending people to the 9/11 Memorial and Washington DC's Holocaust Museum.
What are your thoughts? Will these crowds stick around long enough to check out the art?
Six museums in the UK have hung seven fake paintings in galleries as part of a new British TV show called "Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge."
Museum visitors spend less than 30 seconds in front of a work of art on average - this contest is hoping to change that.
Show director Phil Edgar-Jones says, "you don't have to be an art historian to have a go at this...all you need is a sense of curiosity and an eye for detail... encouraging visitors to take a "closer and more critical look at the works of great British artists."
The participating museums for the month-long "heist" include; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, National Museum of Cardiff, Guildhall Art Gallery in London, Manchester Art Gallery, the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral, and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
The competition started on July 2nd and will run until August 1st. Britain's top 10 fake art spotters will compete in the show's finale for a commissioned copy of a British masterpiece valued up to 5,000 pounds.
The Louvre and the Orsay museums in Paris have reopened after an emergency closure last week due to flooding within the city.
35,000 pieces of art had to be moved to upper floors by staff as the Seine River rose during the city's worst flooding in decades.
Approximately 150,000 works in storage and 7,000 gallery pieces were at risk.
The Louvre's department of Islamic art, "will remain closed a little longer."
Houston-based Painter, Kevin Peterson paints hyperrealistic, fairytale-like images of children and animals in run-down city scenes.
“My work is about the varied journeys that we take through life,” explains Peterson in his artist statement. “It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world.”
Google's cultural Institute has unveiled a new project which allow people to view art up close - down the the brushstroke close. The "Art Camera" is a custom-built, robotic camera capable of capturing gigapixel images quickly using both a laser and sonar system.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to capture a work of art. There are approximately 1000 images on display already on the Google Cultural Institute's website including Pissarro, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Monet.
The fleet of cameras are being loaned out to museums for free at this time.
Every June for the past few years we have attended Power Ball in Toronto, and for one night, we embrace the fantastical world of music, food, art, fashion and indulgence created within one of Canada's top contemporary art institutions.
The Power Plant's annual event is our top pick for the best party the city of Toronto has to offer. No outfit is too much and there are always plenty of celebrity sightings!
While last year's party with the theme of excess (and we mean EXCESS) seems hard to top, they're going to take a run at it this year with a pleasure themed evening, where you're invited to embrace your innermost desires.
The evening is in support of The Power Plant Contemporary art gallery and their programming.
Tickets are on sale now ---> here.
See you there?
Swiss artist, Ugo Rondinone has installed a new series of seven totem-like sculptures in the desert of Nevada, just 30 minutes south of downtown Las Vegas.
The installation is made up of stacks of colourfully painted, limestone boulders.
The works will be on display for the next two years (beginning on May 11, 2016). "Seven Magic Mountains" is produced by the Art Production Fund, New York and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.
“Stacking stones is such a universal impulse, an activity that has gone on around the world as long as humans have been here," says Rondinone.
India’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari is proposing the use of these 3D paintings as an alternative form to a speed-breaker.
“We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers,” Gadkari said in a tweet recently.
With the highest rate of road-related deaths in the world, the idea comes after a decision was made to remove all speed-breakers from highways across India and look for safer alternatives.
French luxury goods magnate and Christie's auction house owner, François Pinault has announced his plans to create a private museum in Paris to display his collection of contemporary art.
The 80 year old art collector will house the museum in a former commodities exchange building from the 18th century.
Mr. Pinault's aim is "to contribute to the brilliance of Paris in an original and strong way."
Pinault had attempted to build a museum in 2005, but ended up restoring two palazzos in Venice to display parts of his collection, which exceeds 3,000 works after his plans were halted by bureaucratic hurdles.
Ben's show, "I WILL NOT BE ENTRANCED BY NOSTALGIA" will kick off in Yorkville with an artist reception on April 9th to welcome the Ontario native.
His work isn't literal but rather full of tongue and cheek, thought provoking, clever text and images, leaving the ultimate message in the hands of the audience. Ben's work makes us take pause and his skillful use of varied materials (leather, gold leaf, steel, silk, acrylic, plaster, plexiglass, neon, etc.) quickly earned our respect and admiration - he also served as the original inspiration behind the popular (and fantastic) blog, The Jealous Curator.
Ben's homecoming comes after exhibitions in Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Washington DC and San Francisco to name a few.
The exhibition will continue until April 30, 2016 - see you there?
Donald Trump is seemingly dividing everyone, including the artists who portray him. Here's a look at the artists who love him and those who... don't.
1. Portrait of Donald Trump by Ralph Wolfe Cowan that hangs on the wall of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida
2. A portrait that was displayed at a fundraiser hosted by Ernie Boch Jr in Massachusetts
3. A mural by street artist Hanksy in Chinatown, New York
4. A supporter of Trump poses next to a golden bust of him during a watch party at the Corey Center in Atlanta, Georgia
5. Donald Trump as a drag queen by Saint Hoax, part of the ‘Fame Drags You Out’ series
6. An oil painting of Donald Trump by artist Alex Krasky, which currently hangs at Trump’s Houston headquarters
7. Alex Krasky has also painted this portrait of Donald Trump with his wife, Melania
8. Painting of a naked Donald Trump by the artist, Illma Gore, who says that the portrait shows ‘that you can be a big prick, despite what’s in your pants’
9. Singing cowboy Moss tunes his guitar in front of a painting of Trump on the side of his truck
10. Artists William Duke & Brandon Griffin have added Donald Trump to these Rolling Stones-inspired urinals at Belushi’s sports bar in Paris
11. A multi-media portrait created by Jason Mecier
Street Artist Okuda San Miguel has transformed a structure once again into beautiful work of art. San Miguel has covered an abandoned Moroccan church into a 360-degree mural titled "11 Mirages to Freedom."
San Miguel has thoughtfully included every part of the structure into the design of his work - including the bars on the windows.
Whistler's world-class and brand new art gallery will soon be open to the public.
Well known philanthropist and BC developer, Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa have donated the collection as well as the building which will house an exceptional collection of First Nations and Emily Carr art.
Whistler Mayor, Nancy Wilhelm-Morden says, "This is a mind0boggling gift...I've been saying that it's a $100 million gift to the community."
The 56,000 sq. ft. contemporary gallery was designed by architect John Patkau and is situated within a wooded area at the base of Blackcomb near famed mountain resort and site of the 2010 Olympic Games, Whistler.
Patkau designed the building to blend into the surrounding nature, and only removed one tree in the process.
Despite the cost of the building being so high, the land itself was a steal at only $100 - offered by the municipality of Whistler - they now hold a 199 year lease on the property.
In a ski village with far more access to shops and bars than art, we think it's an ideal location. In addition to the First Nations and Emily Carr works, the museum will feature work by E.J. Hughes, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace.
Kinfolk Magazine's new "Adrenaline" issue features a photo series titled "In Anxious Anticipation" from art director Kyle Bean and photographer Aaron Tilley. The images capture uneasy moments right before someone this about to happen where we can only imagine (secretly wish?) to see the seemingly inevitable and devastating outcome.
“Whether we’re readying ourselves for the start of an event or just imagining ourselves partaking in it, the buzz of nervous anticipation is sometimes as satisfying as the reward at the end,” says Jordan Kushins. “Often just the thought of what if? can be as potent as the act itself, and the thrill of the chase may occasionally be more powerful than the real deal.”
Friday afternoon, Sotheby's reported a loss of $11.2 million for the fourth quarter confirming fears for many of the tough road ahead for the art market.
Analyst, David Schick said "Sotheby's has a lot of work to do...the revenue cycle is compressing, or the pendulum is swinging away."
“We will likely have one or more difficult quarters as we ride through the current cycle,” Tad Smith, the president and chief executive of Sotheby’s, said Friday morning in a conference call with analysts and investors to report the latest earnings. But, he added, “We are confident in our future and managing the business through uncertainty with a clear eye on creating value now for shareholders and clients.”
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This September, NASA will launch a mission to collect the first ever sample from an asteroid and plan to do so while sending (your?) art into space!
The mission named, "We the Explorers" welcomes all creative forms of expression; poetry, fine art, music, etc.
"Space exploration is an inherently creative activity," Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx at the University of Arizona, said in a statement about the campaign launch. "We are inviting the world to join us on this great adventure by placing their art work on the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft, where it will stay in space for millennia."
To submit your work, use the hashtag #WeTheExplorers and tag @OsirisREx on Twitter or @osiris_REX on Instagram. NASA will accept submissions until March 20th, at 11:59pm PT.
Outspoken, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has created a new installation on the facade of Berlin's Konzerthaus in hopes of drawing attention to the hundreds of refugees that are trying to reach Europe daily. Made up of 14,000 live vests from refugees who have landed on the Greek Island of Lesbos via Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea, the bright orange columns are not only to recognize those who have arrived but also the over 400 who have died attempting the same journey since the beginning of the year.