The art nerd cheat sheet
Want to paint like Vincent van Gogh or explore the digital space to showcase your work? Lounge looks at podcasts, websites, apps and books that could help you learn more
State Of The Art
On State Of The Art, Ethan Appleby, the founder of Vango Art, the first mobile marketplace for art, interviews leaders who are at the forefront of technology’s role in the art world. The guests on this weekly podcast include artists, founders and chief executive officers who are making waves in the world of technology, art and design.
Bad At Sports
According to its website, Bad At Sports, a weekly podcast, features over 20 principal collaborators. Founded in 2005, it features artists who talk about art and the community that makes, reviews and participates in it. The podcast represents “artists and their art world through an archive that is text, audio, physical, ephemeral, historical, and constantly evolving through ongoing and unique projects".
Sidedoor: Smithsonian Institution’s new podcast
Sidedoor gives listeners insight into the Smithsonian vaults, home to art and cultural treasures. Now in its second season, Sidedoor is hosted by Tony Cohn, who takes the help of biologists, historians, artists, archaeologists and other experts, to engage listeners in everything from the art of war to technology’s hold on us.
Educating Artists For The Future: Learning At The Intersections Of Art, Science, Technology And Culture edited by Melvin L. Alexenberg
In Educating Artists For The Future, some of the world’s most innovative thinkers in higher education in art and design offer fresh directions for educating artists for a rapidly evolving post-digital future. Their redefinition of art at the interdisciplinary interface where scientific enquiry and new technologies shape aesthetic and cultural values offers groundbreaking guidelines for art education in an era of emerging new media.
The Future Of Art: A Manual by Ingo Niermann with Erik Niedling
In The Future Of Art: A Manual, writer Ingo Niermann tries to follow in the footsteps of Honoré de Balzac (who wrote the short story, The Unknown Masterpiece, in which he invented the abstract painting) to imagine a new epoch-making artwork. There’s also a documentary of the same name, directed by Niermann and Niedling, which features interviews with contemporary artists, curators, collectors and critics.
Sticky Sublime edited by Bill Beckley
An anthology of introspective thoughts from today’s esteemed artists, poets and critics on the elusive subject of the contemporary concept of the sublime. The book features in-depth essays by art critics such as Harold Bloom, David Hickey, Anthony Haden-Guest, and historians like Barbara Maria Stafford. Sticky Sublime speculates where the beautiful and the sublime will be situated in our post-postmodern, new technology era.
Probably the biggest name in art websites, Artsy features leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, art fairs and auctions, all in one place. With a growing database of 800,000 images of art, architecture and design by 80,000 artists, Artsy has something for everyone—art lovers and collectors alike.
The portal collects and publishes news about events, exhibitions, festivals, interviews and in-depth articles related to the impact of digital technologies on art and culture.
Google Arts & Culture
This online platform created by the Google Cultural Institute features more than 32,000 artworks from museums around the world. It has the latest insights on everything from street art to performing arts. There’s a clear focus on the intersection of technology and art here (the use of Street View, Zoom Views, which lets you zoom in on famous paintings, among other things) that holds great value in the future of art. There’s also a new feature in the Google Arts & Culture app that lets you click a selfie which is then matched with historical portraits to tell you whom you resemble.
Dauble and Smartify
Imagine carrying a museum with the world’s best art collection in your pocket. Apps like Dauble allow just that. Museums, collectors, curators and others can virtually catalogue their collections, letting you access the app’s growing database and explore new artworks, artists, galleries and museums from around the world. An app like Smartify, in turn, provides on-screen information about an artwork when you point your camera at it.
Free and available on iOS and Android
The Switzerland-based MCH Group, which organizes Art Basel and the India Art Fair, among others, recently unveiled PRNCPL, an app that will “help art fairs manage their data, and to create the best possible digital experience for its galleries, collectors and visitors". The app uses image recognition to display information on a work when you point your phone at it. Art Düsseldorf is the first art fair to partner with PRNCPL.
Available on iOS
Van-Go paint-by-number kits
Want to paint like Vincent van Gogh? It’s simple: Just follow the numbers on the colourless painting to fill the blanks with the corresponding colours. You can recreate, for instance, one of his masterpieces The Starry Night with this do-it-yourself kit.
Available at Faradayscienceshop.com
Future World: Where Art Meets Science exhibition
This permanent exhibition at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum in the Marina Bay Sands resort offers an immersive experience of the world of art, science and magic through digital installations. The exhibition takes viewers through the narratives of Nature, Town, Park and Space, using digital storytelling.
Tanuj Kumar contributed to this story.