Artful Technology

Art institutions are increasingly embracing technology to help enhance their missions. In November, the Guggenheim released an IPad app for Maurizio Cattelan’s controversial retrospective takeover of the center of the Guggenheim in New York, which was recently recognized as one of 500 top apps by the Sunday Times (UK). The museum recently opened John Chamberlain: Choices, which shows the artists large-scale moulded, compressed, and transformed abstract metal sculptures.  In conjunction, they also created an in-depth website for the exhibition, featuring views of sculptures from 3 sides and a narrated video by the curator. Art.com also recently embraced the IPad, releasing ArtCircles, where users can explore artworks by color, words, or selections by curators.

Meanwhile, the Cooper Hewitt also released access to information about more than 60% of its collection online through dataset, allowing users access to their huge holdings of more than 200,000 objects.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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