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What if you took great works of art, stacked them side by side, and had them tell a story? You’d have a decidedly artful video … and a great teaser for the new artCircles iPad app that brings you collections of images curated by well-known figures including Yves Behar (named one of the “World’s 7 Most Important People in Design”) and John Maeda (president of Rhode Island School of Design). The app is free on iTunes , and if you pick up the new iPad with retina display, you can see where the device really excels.
We occasionally like to connect the dots around here. So today we’re showcasing two videos that feature Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock at work — both painting through glass . We start with Picasso at his atelier in Vallauris, France, painting abstractions on a glass pane while a camera rolls on the other side. This striking scene comes from Visite à Picasso , a 1950 film by Belgian filmmaker Paul Haesaerts, which can be viewed in its entirety online. Next we shift geographies. We head from France to the United States.
On January 19th, Apple apparently plans to roll into The Guggenheim in New York City and announce plans to disrupt the textbook market . Big news? Maybe. But let’s not lose sight of another Guggenheim digital initiative. In recent days, the museum has made 65 art catalogues available online , all free of charge. The catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder , Edvard Munch , Francis Bacon , Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele , and Kandinsky .