Archives for the month of: May, 2012

Today we’re announcing a broad partnership with the world-renown Bridgeman Art Library, the end result of which will mean a whole bunch more art available in more ways to more art lovers.

Here at Art Authority we’re proud of the fact that we’ve been collecting great art and making it available through great apps for almost a decade. Well Bridgeman has been doing much the same for four decades now! We’re proud of Art Authority’s collection which brings you access to over 50,000 works of art. Well Bridgeman’s collection is measured in the hundreds of thousands! We’re proud of our high-resolution, retina-display-quality works. Bridgeman’s are print quality, which are higher resolution still.

And now we’re proud that we’re going to be able to bring much of Bridgeman’s collection to you, through future versions of Art Authority!

And there’s more. We’ve added a third partner, printing experts The Image Collective (TIC). Through TIC, we and Bridgeman will not only bring more of you more art, but we’ll bring it to you in more ways. In particular, you’ll now be able to hang Art Authority art on your walls. Through both the app and a new print-on-demand Web site, if you see a work you want on your wall, you’ll be able to purchase a framed, high-quality reproduction and have it shipped directly to you in the U.S. and Canada.

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Art Authority print services, available this summer, will be the first tangible outcome of our partnership with Bridgeman and TIC. Stay tuned for further details on this and other exciting results of this amazing art alliance in the days and weeks ahead.

This Friday, May 18, is the 35th annual International Museum Day. As indicated in their press release, the theme of this year’s event is “Museums in a Changing World. New challenges, New inspirations.”

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We think that theme is particularly appropriate. As you may know, we feel that Art Authority’s collection of 50,000+ works of western art, free iBook, and our related activities, are a big part of that changing world and those new inspirations. And, yes, some of those new challenges as well. Making a difference in this changing world was the major impetus behind our new summer intern program, as well as a major theme in the “World’s Biggest Art Museum” talk we moderated at Macworld/iWorld.

The International Museum Day press release goes on to state that 30,000 museums in over 100 countries are holding special events for the occasion. Well, we’d like to make it 30,001. So we’re putting all versions of Art Authority on sale for the special price of $4.99 (normally $7.99 to $9.99 depending on platform), on Friday and througout the weekend. The recently retina-display-enhanced iPad version is a particularly good deal.