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Focusing on the Genius of Picasso

Next up in our Focus series: FocusOnPicasso.com, a site designed to help art lovers explore and obtain reproductions from the different periods and styles of the artist often called the most influential of the 20th century. The site opening is timed to link with the start of the new National Geographic Channel’s “Genius” series, entitled simply “Picasso.” FocusOnPicasso.com lets TV watchers and art lovers everywhere view, learn about and purchase archival reproductions of key works from each of Picasso’s highly varied creative periods.

As with other Art Authority Focus sites, FocusOnPicasso.com provides a succinct overview of major aspects of the subject and makes available museum-approved archival prints of key works of art involved. In addition to exploring by period, users can also browse through Picasso’s works by subject matter as well.

Portions of purchases from Focus sites go back directly to the institutions involved. All Focus sites feature our 1000Museums brand, known for the latest in print-on-demand technology, top-quality archival reproductions, and a broad set of museum and cultural institution relationships. The full 1000Museums print-on-demand line is available at 1000Museums.com.

Coming full circle: Art Channel for iPad

We’re happy to announce the availability of an iPad version of our popular Art Channel Apple TV app. Art Channel for Apple TV is a curated version of our award-winning Art Authority for iPad app, so Art Channel for iPad completes the circle from iPad to Apple TV and back.

As you’re probably aware, Art Authority for iPad (and iPhone and Mac) lets you explore a database of over 100,000 works of art (from 1500 artists and 900 locations) in both structured and unstructured ways, through a virtual museum metaphor. When Apple opened up Apple TV to apps, we realized that that sort of access was not what most people would want on their TV. Hence Art Channel, with “shows” which highlight and curate key aspects of the Art Authority collection.

It turns out that some iPad users want this simplified approach on their iPad too, and some Apple TV users also want to be able to watch their Art Channel shows on the go. So Art Channel for iPad was pretty much a natural.

We hope you like it.

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

For many, the holiday season is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It’s definitely up there on the Art Channel. We’re happy to be debuting two new shows, “Winter Wonderland” and “Christmas Classics.”

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Plus we’ve updated the “Highest Priced” show to add another $80 million or so to the $2 billion of art it includes.

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Wonderful!

(P.S. If you’re really into Christmas, don’t forget about our dedicated Christmas Art Apple TV app).

From Summer into Fall

As the seasons change, once again, from Summer to Fall, we’re happy to announce the newest show on Art Channel for Apple TV: Autumn.

Autumn Regrets, by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1882

Autumn Regrets, by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1882

And, just in case you missed, there’s still time to enjoy Summer at the Beach as well.

At the Seaside, William Merritt Chase, 1892. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

At the Seaside, William Merritt Chase, 1892. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Independence Day

Having moved from Spring to Summer, we here in the USA are about to celebrate our 240th Independence Day. Our latest Art Channel show commemorates and celebrates July 4, 1776.

Fourth of July Number 1 by Florine Stettheimer

Fourth of July Number 1 by Florine Stettheimer

Sunrises and Sunsets for Solstice

As the seasons move from spring to summer, so too with Art Channel for Apple TV. Our newest show, for the upcoming summer solstice, is “Sunrise, Sunset.” It joins our “Spring Landscapes,” “May Day” and “Mother’s Day Cassatts” seasonal shows.

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Happy Solstice!

May Days on the Art Channel

Following Landscapes for Spring in April, the month of May brings three new shows to our Art Channel on Apple TV.

First, a short show celebrating May Day, the first of May.

Second, an in-depth homage to mothers and Mother’s Day through the work of Impressionist Mary Cassatt. Few, if any, have portrayed the bond between mother and child better.

Third, a show focusing on the work of Sandro Botticelli, whose classic work “Primavera (Allegory of Spring)” brings us back full circle.

Spring is in the Air

We’re pleased to announce our newest show on the Art Channel for Apple TV: “Landscapes for Spring.” Landscapes fit particularly well on HD TV’s and we’ve got over 50 of the best of them. Shining particularly brightly are the beauty and power of Frederic Church’s Heart of the Andes and Twilight in the Wilderness.

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Happy Spring, and Happy Easter!

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