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Free apps! Half off on all prints! This weekend only!
Why? Here at Art Authority we’re proud of how we’ve been giving back to the art community. Starting with an app in the App Store the day that store opened ten years ago, we’ve provided art lovers worldwide with access to over 100,000 classic works of art, university art history classes with (literally) a new way of looking at art, and K-12 teachers with the ability to involve their students with art in age-appropriate ways, including through free lesson plans. We authored a paper on evaluating the importance of art in the Internet era, and are in the eighth year of our summer-intern program for art majors.
And now we have something else to really celebrate:
As of July 22, we’re celebrating two years since we acquired 1000Museums.com and the associated relationships with the artists and institutions that create and care for the art we all love so much. In those two years we have now given back, mainly in the form of royalties on prints we’ve sold, over $250,000. One-quarter of a million dollars has gone to helping current-day artists, artists estates and art museums big and small further their important missions of community, education, preservation and beauty. Some of the relationships we’re most proud of include:
- The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
- The Library of Congress
- I Require Art
- Museum Store Sunday (Charter sponsor)
- The estates of Mark Rothko, Henri Matisse, Jacob Lawrence and others
- Fine Art Custom Printing by R. Mac Holbert
You may be skeptical, but we love paying royalties. We get so much in return, starting with the ability to offer the highest quality curator-approved prints. The more royalties we pay, not only do artists and museums keep doing great things, but the more product that means we’ve sold. And the more product we’ve sold, the more great art is in the hands of our customers, and the more money we have to work with additional museums and pay still more royalties.
We hope to keep this impressive virtuous circle going indefinitely, paying more and more royalties to more and more institutions. As part of that plan, and to celebrate our two-year successes, through July 22 only, we’re putting all prints on 1000Museums.com on sale for an unheard of 50% off.* Please help us give back the next $250,000 and help yourself to some of the best in fine-art reproductions in the process.
Oh, and the Art Authority apps are free this weekend too 🙂
*First 1000 orders for unframed prints only (custom-framed prints available for 25% off).
As part of our ongoing 2-year anniversary celebration, the award-winning Art Authority for iPad and iPhone apps are now completely free through this weekend. Just another way we’re giving back to the art community. But free apps are just a very small part of on our giving back, so keep watching this space. Here’s a big hint for you:
Having just celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the App Store and the long, strange trip it started us on, we’re about to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of one of the biggest parts of that trip: our major acquisition of 1000 museums worth of art through 1000Museums.com.
So be sure to watch this space as that date, Sunday July 22, gets closer. You’ll be glad you did 🙂
Ten years ago, on July 10 2008, Apple rolled out the App Store. It sure has been a long, strange trip for us here at Art Authority LLC since then.
The iPhone of course changed everything. When introduced the year before, Apple didn’t allow developers to provide software for it, but they quickly saw the error of their ways and the rest is most certainly history. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to develop iPhone apps, and our iEnvision Web-image browser app was available on day one in the “iTunes App Store” ten years ago.
iEnvision included “bookmarks” to five categories of image sites that we thought displayed particularly well on the iPhone: comics, space photos, newspaper front pages, children’s books and… art! It was a great start for us, and within a month, we broke out the individual built-in categories from iEnvision into individual apps, which we called “Envi apps.” There was “Comic Envi,” “Space Envi”, “News Envi”, “Kid Book Envi” and… “Art Envi.” Many other Envi’s soon followed.
The App Store was a huge success, as was Art Envi in particular. When Apple announced the iPad in early 2010, it was a no-brainer what we were going to implement on Apple’s next groundbreaking device: art, art, art. Art Authority in particular. Art Authority for iPad took Art Envi to the next level, with dozens of times the number of artists and the amount of art, many more ways to search and access the art, and a professionally-designed virtual museum interface. The result: “an experience unlike any other” (the NY Times), which has often sold as the #1 reference app in the App Store. We are proud to have, literally and figuratively, changed art history with our art apps.
Our transition from Macintosh network experts to Art Authority was just getting started. The Art Authority app’s widespread acclaim was noticed by a number of real art authorities, including the Getty Museum’s Stanley Smith and digital printing guru R. Mac Holbert. In early 2016 we got together with Stanley, Mac and other art authorities to form Art Authority LLC. The company had become the app.
Our trip didn’t stop there. E-commerce company Project A had long been associated with Open Door’s efforts, and with their e-commerce know-how, Stanley and Mac’s printing expertise and the app’s access to 100,000+ works of art, we had everything we needed to move Art Authority beyond the app world into selling museum-quality reproductions. Many companies had gone from physical goods to electronic; we went from electronic to physical goods.
The final piece of the puzzle (so far) fell into place when we acquired the assets of art e-commerce pioneer 1000Museums. 1000Museums.com remains the principal site for selling our (physical) wares, and the museum relationships that the site has helped nurture look to be the next big step in what has certainly been a very long, strange 10-year trip. All started by Steve Jobs, the iPhone, and the App Store.
Art Authority, through our 1000Museums brand, has been helping museums expand the reach of their collections by providing curator-approved archival reproductions from those collections for a decade now. The museums receive increased exposure along with much-needed revenue through royalties on sales, and art lovers get increased access to the art they love. Many others have been helping the art world in similar ways. Today we’re proud to announce that we’re going to be helping one of those helpers.
I Require Art is a “Digital Arts Platform” consisting of a long-established FaceBook page, blog and set of online galleries. Plus as of today, an online store. That’s where we come in. We have been selected by I Require Art to provide archival reproductions for that store. As you’ll see, I Require Art chooses only a few works for which to offer prints, and makes available only the highest quality reproductions of those works. So it was natural that they would look toward 1000Museums’ proven quality record and set of museum relationships.
We are honored that I Require Art chose us to help them help the art world, and we look forward to a long and expanding relationship.
Through our 1000Museums brand, Art Authority is proud to be a Charter Sponsor of Museum Store Sunday, which is tomorrow! MSS is the museum equivalent of Black Friday, and we’re kicking off our holiday campaign with some serious specials to highlight the day:
- The award-winning Art Authority apps for iPad and iPhone, with their own museum store through the new 1000Museums Gift Shop, will be only 99 cents through Apple’s App Store (normally $9.99 and $4.99 respectively)
- Every archival reproduction from every museum at 1000Museums.com will be 25% off, custom framing included
- The brand’s newly-introduced archival Note Card line will be 25% off at FocusOnFineArtGifts.com
- Newly-introduced items and specials will be available on 1000Museums partner sites, including those with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, US Library of Congress and National Gallery in London
So please go visit your local museum(s) and then please come back and visit a thousand more through our apps and the 1000Museums.com web sites.
As mentioned previously, we recently acquired 1000 museums worth of art through our purchase of 1000Museums.com, the go-to site for top-quality fine art reproductions. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve now begun the integration of that site with our flagship Art Authority for iPad app. Art Authority for iPad 4.10.3 is now available through the App Store, and it includes the ability to purchase prints of a number of major works of art directly from 1000Museums.
When browsing through art in the app, simply look for the “Available at 1000Museums” button to access the purchase page for that work directly from the app. You can choose five sizes (up to 32″ x 40″) and four high-end framing options. You can also select additional works from the site at the same time. One of the many great aspects of 1000Museums is that portions of your purchase price go back to the artist and museum involved with the work itself, so you’re getting a great piece of art for your wall and giving back to the art community at the same time.
With over 100,000 works of art in Art Authority for iPad, as you can imagine only a small percentage can currently be purchased directly from the app. But 1000Museums has tens of thousand of works available too, so expect a whole lot more to be added to the app in the months ahead. And of course that’s only the beginning. As we say in the app, we have big plans for Art Authority + 1000Museums!
We are pleased and honored that the MIT Press journal Leonardo has chosen to publish a research paper which we here at Art Authority have been working on for nearly two years: “Ranking Artists: An Internet-era Analysis.” We are equally pleased that we are able to continue to give back to the art history community from which we (and our app users) have also benefited.
Quoting from the paper’s abstract, “To provide guidance to the vastly expanded, un-curated art world made available through the Internet, [we] developed a methodology for objectively and repeatably rating artists, … [and] applied that methodology to Western painters in particular, creating a ranked list of the significance of nearly 10,000 of those painters… [we] observed that the Internet not only greatly broadens access to art, but also provides the tools needed to curate that access in a meaningful scientific manner.”
We learned quite a lot in the process, and are happy to be making the major result of the study freely available online. So, without further ado, we are proud to unveil our ranked list of:
With close to 10,000 annotated entries, we feel that this scientifically-developed list provides a major resource for art historians, educators, students and just plain art lovers. And of course app developers 🙂 Essentially for the art community as a whole. As we indicate in the paper, although one of the main goals of the study is to be as objective as possible, we realize that many of the specific decisions we made in the specific method we used are themselves subjective, and thus this ranking is simply one of many possibilities.
We also hope and believe that our research provides more than just this important list. As the paper concludes, “We hope that our work serves not just as a useful source of exploration, but as a template for other similar guides, and as a starting point for questions about how we all value artistic contribution in this massively connected and information-intense era.” We look forward to those questions.
Art Authority is pleased to announce our first major art acquisition. If Art Authority were a traditional art institution, we might well be announcing that we had obtained a rare painting by a renowned artist like Rembrandt or van Gogh. Instead, this being the 21st century, we’re announcing that we have obtained 1000 museums worth of art!
To be specific, Art Authority has acquired the digital portfolio of 1000Museums, Inc. Both Art Authority and 1000Museums have been pioneers in connecting art museums and art communities in new ways. 1000Museums’ particular strengths have been their relationships, their museum partners, and their web-based capability to affordably provide art lovers with high quality reproductions of works from those museums.
1000Museums’ relationships and print capabilities complement our own, combining with our award-wining mobile app line to greatly advance our mission of making the world’s art accessible to all the world. We can now look forward to working with not just one thousand, but many thousands of museums, helping them use Internet-era tools to connect them and their collections with the rapidly expanding community of art lovers, art students, and art creators around the world.
Not that long ago, the only way art lovers could view the art they loved was by traveling to art museums in their local community and around the world, and the only communities art museums could draw on were their local ones and those art travelers. With our 1000Museums art acquisition, we here at Art Authority think we’ve taken a huge step in giving art lovers easy access to way more art, and art museums easy access to way more art lovers. We couldn’t be more pleased if we had acquired a Rembrandt ourselves!
A major new release of Art Authority for iPad is now available in the App Store, in conjunction with availability of Apple’s new iOS 9. Art Authority 4.10 takes advantage of iOS 9’s greatly enhanced Spotlight search capabilities to let you use Spotlight search to find artists, locations and periods within the app, and to jump directly into the app at the associated show.
This new Spotlight capability will also make it easier to take advantage of the other major new feature in Art Authority 4.10: the addition of over 200 new artists, bringing the total to well over 1300. And these are not just any old artists. We’ve been engaged for almost a year now in an Internet-based scientific study to rate and rank the western world’s most important painters. The study is ongoing, but the 200+ new artists are the first results.
Spotlight searching has been part of iOS for a long time, but in iOS 9 it can do a whole lot more, including searching within apps that provide the needed support. Just swipe to the right on the home screen (or down from any icon, as in iOS 8) to get to the Spotlight search screen.
Then start typing in your search, and results will appear. Art Authority indexes all of its 1300+ artists and 800+ locations through Spotlight, along with its eight major period rooms.
Tapping on any Art Authority result automatically switches to the app and takes you right to the show on that result.
Art Authority for iPad 4.10 also supports another iOS 9 search-related feature called Universal Links. If you have the app installed, and tap on various links to our community web site (such as one to van Gogh, or the Louvre, or the Baroque period), instead of going to the site, you’ll go to the appropriate place in the app instead, just as with Spotlight search.
New artists (and more!)
Since the first day of the App Store in 2008, Art Authority has endeavored to help users explore the western art world through a carefully curated set of period highlights, artists, and works of art. We have based that curation on various types of Internet analysis, in concert with more traditional art history sources. The procedure for choosing which artists to include, however, has always been somewhat ad hoc and not documented or repeatable. In other words we really couldn’t be sure we were including the most important artists. We probably missed some, and some “less important” artists probably snuck in. (We of course do realize that the term “important” is quite a weighted one, since what is important to some may not be so to others. That is in fact one of the main reasons for our study, to come up with as objective a definition of “important” as we could.)
Since the beginning of the year, we have been engaged in a study to objectively rate and rank the western world’s top painters. And if you think by “top” we mean some sort of elitist club, think again: our study has identified over 20,000 museum-quality western painters for potential inclusion. The study is still underway, and you’ll certainly be hearing more about it in the future (both here and hopefully in an appropriate journal somewhere). For now, we’ve taken over 200 of the top artists from that study who were missing from the app and added them.
And of course when we add artists we include a number of artworks from each of those artists, resulting in an increase of 20,000 works of art which can be accessed by the app (for a total well over 90,000). Much of the credit for adding these additional works goes to the participants in year 5 of our summer intern program.
Art Authority for iPad 4.10 is in the App Store now, and is of course a free upgrade for all current users. Art Authority K-12 for iPad and Art Authority for iPhone 4.10 should be available there shortly, and are also free upgrades. Our free community site includes all the new artists and works.
And in case you’re curious about the new artists, here’s the whole list:
|Allston, Washington||Cosway, Richard||Glackens, William James||Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de||Roussel, Ker-Xavier|
|Aman-Jean, Edmond||Coypel, Antoine||Goodall, Frederick||Mancini, Antonio||Ruskin, John|
|Amigoni, Jacopo||Coypel, Charles-Antoine||Grigor’yev, Boris||Marcoussis, Louis||Russell, John|
|Anquetin, Louis||Crane, Walter||Guérin, Pierre||Maris, Jacob Henricus||Ruszczyc, Ferdynand|
|Asselyn, Jan||Creswick, Thomas||Guys, Constantin||Marmion, Simon||Saint-Aubin, Gabriel de|
|Assereto, Gioacchino||Creti, Donato||Hammershøi, Vilhelm||Martin, John||Sánchez Coello, Alonso|
|Balke, Peder||Crome, John||Harlow, George Henry||Matejko, Jan||Savoldo, Giovanni Girolamo|
|Barker, Thomas||Cruikshank, George||Harpignies, Henri-Joseph||Maufra, Maxime||Schalcken, Godfried|
|Barry, James||Dance-Holland, Nathaniel||Haydon, Benjamin Robert||Mauve, Anton||Schedoni, Bartolomeo|
|Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent||Daniele da Volterra||Hayman, Francis||McCubbin, Frederick||Schiavone, Andrea|
|Benson, Ambrosius||Daniell, Thomas||Hayter, George||Miereveld, Michiel Jansz. van||Seghers, Gerard|
|Bergognone, Ambrogio||Daubigny, Charles François||Hébert, Antoine Auguste Ernest||Montagna, Bartolomeo||Séraphine|
|Besnard, Albert||Davies, Arthur Bowen||Henner, Jean Jacques||Monticelli, Adolphe||Shannon, Charles Haslewood|
|Biagio d’Antonio||De Wint, Peter||Hicks, Edward||Moore, Albert Joseph||Shannon, James Jebusa|
|Bicci di Lorenzo||Decamps, Alexandre-Gabriel||Holl, Frank||Morland, George||Siberechts, Jan|
|Blanchard, Jacques||Dedreux, Alfred||Hondecoeter, Melchior de||Morris, William||Solomon, Simeon|
|Blanche, Jacques-Emile||Delaunay, Robert||Horsley, John Callcott||Morse, Samuel Finley Breese||Stanfield, Clarkson|
|Boccaccino, Boccaccio||Denis, Simon Joseph Alexander Clément||Hovenden, Thomas||Moser, Kolo||Stella, Jacques|
|Bonnat, Léon||Detaille, Jean Baptiste Edouard||Huet, Paul||Müller, William James||Sustris, Lambert|
|Both, Jan||Devéria, Eugène||Hunt, William Morris||Mulready, William||Thaulow, Fritz|
|Brabazon, Hercules Brabazon||Diaz de la Peña, Narcisse Virgile||Isabey, Eugène||Nasmyth, Patrick||Thoma, Hans|
|Bracquemond, Félix||Dietrich, Christian Wilhelm Ernst||Israëls, Jozef||Natoire, Charles-Joseph||Thulden, Theodor van|
|Breenbergh, Bartholomeus||Doesburg, Theo van||Jacopo da Empoli||Neroccio di Bartolommeo de’ Landi||Tiffany, Louis Comfort|
|Bruce, Patrick Henry||Drost, Willem||Jacque, Charles Émile||Nittis, Giuseppe de||Tocqué, Louis|
|Buck, Adam||Drouais, François Hubert||Jarvis, John Wesley||Northcote, James||Tonks, Henry|
|Calame, Alexandre||Duck, Jacob||Jawlensky, Alexei||Ochtervelt, Jacob||Troyon, Constant|
|Caldecott, Randolph||Ducreux, Joseph||John, Gwen||Opie, John||Valadon, Suzanne|
|Cappelle, Jan van de||Dupré, Jules||Khnopff, Fernand||Orpen, William||Valenciennes, Pierre Henri de|
|Cappiello, Leonetto||Duyster, Willem Cornelisz.||Købke, Christen||Palmezzano, Marco||Vanderlyn, John|
|Carducho, Vicente||Earl, Ralph||La Fresnaye, Roger de||Pascin, Jules||Vedder, Elihu|
|Carracci, Agostino||Eastlake, Charles Lock||Labille-Guiard, Adélaïde||Pasini, Alberto||Verspronck, Jan|
|Carrière, Eugène||Eckersberg, C. W.||Lacombe, Georges||Pasternak, Leonid||Victors, Jan|
|Carus, Carl Gustav||Edelfelt, Albert||Laer, Pieter van||Pellegrini, Giovanni Antonio||Vien, Joseph-Marie, the elder|
|Casilear, John William||Eilshemius, Louis Michel||Lance, George||Pennell, Joseph||Vignon, Claude|
|Castiglione, Giuseppe||Everdingen, Allart van||Lane, Fitz Hugh||Perino del Vaga||Vincent, François André|
|Catena, Vincenzo di Biagio||Field, Erastus Salisbury||Lavery, John||Pesellino||Vollon, Antoine|
|Catlin, George||Filippo Napoletano||Lely, Peter||Petitjean, Hippolyte||Ward, James|
|Cazes, Pierre Jacques||Flandrin, Hippolyte-Jean||Leslie, Charles Robert||Phillips, Ammi||Watson, John Dawson|
|Charlet, Nicolas-Toussaint||Forain, Jean Louis||Levy, Emile||Picot, François-Edouard||Westall, Richard|
|Chinnery, George||Fortuny y Carbó, Mariano José María Bernardo||Lhermitte, Léon-Augustin||Pierre, Jean Baptiste Marie||Wijnants, Jan|
|Cogniet, Léon||Fragonard, Alexandre-Evariste||Ligozzi, Jacopo||Pitati, Bonifazio de’||Wilson, Richard|
|Collier, Edwaert||Frost, William Edward||Linnell, John||Polidoro da Caravaggio||Wood, Christopher|
|Colman, Samuel||Gandolfi, Gaetano||Lippo Memmi||Pot, Hendrik||Yakovlev, Aleksandr|
|Constant, Jean Joseph Benjamin||Garofalo||Lissitzky, El||Potter, Beatrix||Yeames, William Frederick|
|Cooke, Edward William||Gérard, Marguerite||Loo, Carle van||Regnault, Jean-Baptiste||Zoppo, Marco|
|Cooper, Thomas Sidney||Gifford, Robert Swain||Loo, Jean-Baptiste van||Ribot, Théodule||Zuloaga, Ignacio|
|Coorte, Adriaen||Gillot, Claude||Loo, Louis Michel van||Roslin, Alexander|
|Cope, Charles West||Gilpin, Sawrey||Mackintosh, Charles Rennie||Rotari, Pietro|
|Coques, Gonzales||Giroux, André||Maclise, Daniel||Rousseau, Théodore|