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Art Authority: Why I Sold My Art Books

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I’ve sold most of my art books. I don’t know if this was the intent of Open Door’s Alan Oppenheimer or not, but it was the result of him providing me with Art Authority ($9.99). My iPad is no coffee table book, but that’s a good thing. As Apple touts the pencil thinness of the iPad Air, coffee table books start to look more and more arcane. What coffee table books have over the iPad is the size of their canvas. But when one actually visit museums, art books seem a bit of a travesty of pure form. Books not only fail to represent scale well, they don’t reproduce paintings or drawings with anything like fidelity to the originals; and they offer no way to experience media or paint thickness or pen impression. And when it comes to sculpture they are, of course, overwhelmingly flat (not to dismiss pop-up books).



Teaching Art by Turning the iPad into a Virtual Studio

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From the ease of collecting often-broken colored pencils, to cleaning up after a room of young artists who seemingly bathed in tempera, art, unlike literature or history, creates rather messy educational challenges.  It is, however, extremely important for learners to engage in visceral exercises that bring the texture of media to hands, and its odor to nostrils.



Graphic illustration of the striking difference of the new iPad retina display

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If you want to get a good idea of how much clearer photos are on a retina display, check out this post on Art Authority. They have some effective side-by-side shots showing the dramatic difference.



Art Authority -- top iPad app for art lovers adds location-based feature

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If you're an art lover, what would be better than a tool that tells you what famous paintings are nearby when you're traveling? Art Authority for iPad ($9.99) is a popular app with over 50,000 paintings and sculptures from ancient times to today organized into 8 rooms. I love these sorts of resources that are coming to the iPad.



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