Archives for the month of: January, 2012
During MacWorld/iWorld this week, we are doing a limited trial run of a new “Buy-A-Print” feature. These 10 paintings can be found inside of Art Authority and purchased via hyperlinks (look for the ‘$’ sign in the painting description) anywhere in the world for the rest of today’s experiment:

  • Cezanne, Still life of apples and biscuits
  • Gauguin, Arearea (The Red Dog)
  • Homer, Snap the Whip
  • Seurat, Bathers at Asnieres
  • Degas, The Star, or Dancer on the stage
  • Monet, The Waterlily Pond: Green Harmony
  • Manet, Dejeuner sur l’Herbe
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Poster advertising ‘Le Divan Japonais’
  • Gogh, The Starry Night
  • Marc, The Fox

Here is a copy of our press release that went out on the wires today:

Moscone Center in San Francisco

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Art Authority marries technology and liberal arts at Macworld/iWorld

Celebrates award-winning app becoming much more

 

San Francisco, CA – The creators of the award-winning “Art Authority” app line announced that they are re-branding their partnership under that name at the Macworld/iWorld trade show here. Previously known as “we-envision.com,” the creators of over 100 iPad/iPhone apps are becoming “Art Authority” to highlight their current focus at this intersection of technology and liberal arts. Art Authority’s “coming out party,” in the Mobile App Showcase, booth 818-P19, January 26-28, will include:

  • The iPad version of the app, one of the seven “Amazing applications” highlighted by Apple at their recent education event at the Guggenheim Museum.
  • In concert with the world-renowned Bridgeman Art Library, demonstration of “buy-a-print.” Users viewing selected works in the app will be able to use the app to order framed high-quality prints of those works directly from Bridgeman’s collection. Buy-a-print will be active worldwide for all app users during the show timeframe.
  • Recently-added features such as “Art Like This,” which magically displays works similar to the one a user is looking at.
  • Special show pricing, with versions of the app available through the iTunes and Mac App Stores for $4.99, up to 50% off the normal price.
  • A sneak preview of the under-development Art Authority social network.
  • Celebration of the app’s selection as “Best iPad Reference App of 2011” in Apple’s Rewind 2011 and “Greatest 25 Apps of All Time” in Macworld’s Appalooza contest.

 

Alan Oppenheimer, president of Art Authority partner Open Door Networks, Inc. will also moderate a panel discussion on “The World’s Biggest Art Musuem,” featuring noted art authorities from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Placer County, California school system. Details are available at http://www.macworldiworld.com/techtalks/friday-overview/friday-agenda/#975

 

“Steve Jobs said ‘It’s technology, married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing,'” said Oppenheimer. “That’s what Art Authority the app, Art Authority the community, and Art Authority the partnership are all about.”

 

“We’re not just focused on art apps,” said Jim Teece, president of Art Authority partner Project A, Inc. “We’re focused on the art community. Part of our re-branding, and our plan for the show, is to connect with people who know and love art, and to involve them in a way that helps us all add to that art community.”

 

Art Authority for iPad is the only iPad Reference app to be named to both Rewind 2011 and Rewind 2010. It brings over 50,000 high-resolution classic works of art to users’ fingertips. Hailed as “an experience unlike any other” and “visually dazzling,” the app stunningly displays paintings and sculptures by over 1000 major western artists from ancient times through current-day. The app is in use by Seton Hill University and a number of other educational institutions worldwide. Art Authority for Macintosh, iPhone, and Kindle Fire bring similar functionality to these devices.

 

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One of the driving factors behind our continued development and improvement of Art Authority is the passion we have for making a difference in education.  When Apple announced it would be holding a press event with an educational theme, we eagerly awaited to see what Apple and the late Steve Jobs had created to “disrupt the textbook.”  

One of the quotes from the event we really identified with:

There’s a lot that is talked about that may be wrong with education. One thing we hear louder than all else, and where we can help, is in student engagement.

Apple announced iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and some major advancements for iTunesU. You can watch the full video of the event here

And to our surprise and delight, Art Authority was highlighted by senior VP Phil Schiller on stage as one of seven “amazing” iPad educational apps.      

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Speaking of the intersection between education, liberal arts, and technology, we are gearing up to make some of our own announcements here at the Moscone Center for MacWorld/iWorld 2012. Stay tuned.