Posts Tagged ‘art’

The $10 IKEA Piece: An Interesting Social Experiment on the Value of Art

When Peter Lik sold a print to a collector for $6.5 million last year, people balked at the news. Lik is known to be a savvy businessman who has raked in over $440 million by churning out and selling his “collectible” prints to deep-pocketed people who want to invest in his art, so why should his prints be worth so much?

The Internet media channel LifeHunters recently did a social experiment that explores how people perceive and value art. They placed a $10 IKEA print in the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, The Netherlands, and asked “art experts” what they thought about it.
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Sold Out: Alec Soth Snapchat Photos That Disappear After 10 Seconds

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Renowned Magnum photographer Alec Soth is experimenting with a new way of delivering photos to art buyers and a new way for art buyers to experience photos. One of his latest projects takes a page from Snapchat’s book, using the social photo sharing service to sell photos that disappear after just 10 seconds of viewing.
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Fine Art Photography Exhibition Features Portraits of LEGO Figurines

Vesa Lehtimaki, Shelly Corbett, and Boris Vanrillaer are three photographs living in three different places (Helsinki, Seattle, and Stockholm, respectively) who share a common photography interest: fine art photos of LEGO figurines. Their passion for LEGOography, as it’s known, led them to band together to form a collective known as Stuck In Plastic. In addition to sharing their work online, they’ve also begun to hold real life fine art photo exhibitions.
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Virtual Fracking: Destroying Photos of Rock with the Chemicals of Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a much-debated method of obtaining oil or gas from the Earth that involves injective a chemical cocktail at high pressure through deep rock formations in order to create cracks through which things can flow. Artist Grayson Cooke recently came up with his own spin on the subject through a project called “Virtual Fracking.”

Cooke used the exact same chemicals used in fracking to destroy photographic slide images of sedimentary rock, capturing the strangely beautiful effects on camera.
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This Camera Will Capture a 1,000-Year Exposure That Ends in 3015 for History’s Slowest Photo

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Jonathon Keats wants to set a world record in photography that he won’t live long enough to see. Nor will his children, or his children’s children for many generations. It’s a project that won’t complete for a millennium.

Keats plans to capture the world’s slowest photograph, a 1,000-year-long exposure of the city of Tempe, Arizona, that will be finished in the Spring of 3015.
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‘Share’ is a Photo Book That Contains 50 Removable Prints for Sharing Art

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Share is like the Kit Kat bar of photo books. Just as you can break off a chocolate covered wafer to share a Kit Kat bar with someone else, you can tear a beautiful photographic print out of the Share photo book to share art.
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An Open Letter to the Artist Support System

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Support is a funny thing.

As an artist, 96% of our career is spent dealing with rejection. Rejection from friends, family, other artists, and even the art world itself. Making a living from art can be a very long and lonely, misunderstood journey, especially in the beginning, and having a decent support system can help make that early journey a little more bearable.

But just as we’re often learning the ropes of how to be an artist, we also know that you’re learning the ropes of how to best support us. We need you, and here are the best ways you can help us out.
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Artist Creates 25 Life-Size Sculptures of Leica Cameras Out of Different Materials

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Artist Daniel Arsham has a new exhibition at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles that consists of 25 life-sized Leica camera replicas created out of various geological materials. The sculptures reimagine some of Leica’s most famous products as “relics of a time past.”
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Murmurings of What’s to Come in Sigma’s Art Line of Lenses: 85mm, 135mm, and 24-70mm

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A week ago, Sigma unveiled its new 24mm f/1.4, the latest lens in its highly-regarded Art line of lenses. Now, the rumor mill is churning again as photographers look forward to which focal length Sigma will cover next.
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CameraSelfies: Portraits of Historical Cameras Taking Pictures of Themselves

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What if cameras got tired of participating in human selfies and decided one day to start taking pictures of themselves? That’s the quirky idea behind a project called “CameraSelfies” by German photographer Juergen Novotny (who also goes by J. Flynn Newton).

The series features photos of various cameras “looking at themselves” in front of contemporary wallpapers that capture the cameras’ personalities.
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