Art

Walking on a cloud in Paris

Photoshopping a tight rope walker onto a cloud in a Paris webcam

8 ways to enhance an art museum

How would you reimagine an art museum? The Art Institute of Chicago called on teens to reinvent and vamp up the museum experience. The competition, Re:Imagine, asked for ideas to make the museum more engaging and multi-sensory, using any creative methods. 52 wonderful ideas were submitted. Eight of them really stood out. Concepts like scratch-n-sniff …

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Gamification of Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture is such an incredible resource. You can virtually explore through the galleries of art museums, view artwork up close, make your own collections, search through topics, explore by color. There’s so many things you can do. Google made a fun way for people to explore through the wide functionality. As you …

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A rubber stamp with Munch’s “painted by a madman” graffiti phrase

Today I ordered a rubber stamp with Edvard Munch’s “painted by a madman” phrase. When he painted “The Scream”, the original artwork wasn’t received very well by a critique of local artists. One of the folks at the critique questioned his sanity. So upset by this criticism, Munch went home and hand-wrote “Can only have …

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Why did I illuminate Winslow Homer with free internet fonts?

Yesterday I set out to illuminate Homer’s paintings using a silly font-selecting method: Pick the free fonts based primarily on their name alone. What was my motivation? One of my friends asked, “I am curious why you underwent this exercise Matt”. I asked myself the same question as I was doing this. A handful reasons …

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Using a silly font-picking method to illuminate Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer’s paintings are full of dichotomies. Earlier this week, I uncovered eight paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection with wonderful dual meanings. Themes like life and death captured in one painting. To really punch these double interpretations, I had fun photoshopping two words onto each painting. Each word is really BIG—as in …

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Winslow Homer Dualities

Rather mind-blowing that the Art Institute of Chicago has 184 of Winslow Homer’s artworks. Usually when I look an artist in their catalog, there are 4 results. Maybe 10. Sometimes it might balloon up to 16. But here are one hundred and eighty-four! One of the top images is a watercolor of a man rowing …

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Put Edvard Munch’s phrase “painted by a madman” on any artwork

A long-time art world mystery has been solved. A hidden message exists in Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream”. Written in pencil in the corner of the painting reads, “Can only have been painted by a madman”. Who could have wrote such a thing? A vandal? Someone who hated Munch’s work? Ends up, it’s the …

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