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Art Alert

“Find great art wherever you find yourself.”

Art Alert is the newest app in the Art Authority app lineup. It’s a “bridge” between the massive virtual art museum of Art Authority and the physical art museums of the real world. Using Art Authority’s database of nearly 60,000 works, Art Alert helps you find, preview and get to the world’s best art at over 500 locations worldwide.

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Art Alert uses a familiar map interface to make locating real-world art incredibly easy. Once you’ve found an art location near where you are or where you’re going to be, you can learn about it through its Web or Wikipedia site, get directions to it, or even call it on your iPhone. Better yet, you can preview every work of art from that location that’s in the Art Authority database, so you’ll have some idea what to expect if you decide to go.

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You’ll hear much more about Art Alert here, and elsewhere, over the next few weeks, including how it will be able to automatically run Art Authority to provide you with additional ways to learn about and explore related art. For now please check out the app (special introductory pricing is in effect) and let us know what you think. 

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International Museum Day 2012

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.

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