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From virtual tours of the Museum of Modern Art in New York to social networks that bring art lovers together, there is a plethora of smartphone apps on the market for creative minds. Here’s a list of the 10 must-have mobile apps for art lovers.
With instant access to one of the largest online repositories of fine art, the WikiArt app is an absolute must for art lovers. With more than 2,000 artists and 110,000 artworks from 73 countries across the globe, it is the ultimate reference database. Whether you’re looking for something specific, casually browsing through artists from Michelangelo to Monet, or getting inspired by the Muzei Live Wallpaper app, WikiArt is every art buff’s dream.
Artsy serves to deliver the ‘arts world in your pocket.’ The app impressively offers over 250,000 artworks, comprehensive coverage of exhibitions, shows and fairs—connecting you with international galleries so you can find, fall in love with, and purchase works straight from your phone.
The official app of the Musée du Louvre allows you to stay up to date with exhibitions, browse hundreds of masterpieces at a high resolution, and learn about the museum’s prestigious history from experts in the field. You can even download famous images and assign them to your contacts, wallpaper and screensaver to add a touch of culture to your smartphone.
The art lover’s social network, artwork SNS, artsgather invites you to communicate with the global art community and share your favorite artworks. The more followers you get, the wider the discussions become on the pieces that inspire you, as well as the ones that leave you utterly perplexed.
If you’ve ever been inspired to create some art yourself, Art Set is probably the most comprehensive kit of art tools you’ll find in one application. Featuring paints, pastels, pencils and pens, metallic and fluorescent colors, five blending tools and a high resolution canvas, Art Set has everything a budding artist needs to get started.
If you’ve got a blank wall you’d like to fill with local artwork, then Finestra is the perfect app for you. Artists use the app to capture, manage and professionally promote their work in their local area. This way, users can find the art, scale it and see how it would look on a wall, all the while listening to the artist share the story behind it.
Photos to Art is an app that allows you to print photos directly off of your phone, whether from Instagram, Facebook or your camera roll. After they are printed onto gallery-standard canvases, they are placed in your frame of choice, so you can make personalized art for your home in an instant. It even has a nifty visualizer so you can see what the finished product will look like before you order.
For art lovers looking to buy or at least keep an eye on what is causing a stir at art auctions, the Sotheby’s Catalogue has every angle covered. Learn more about key pieces with video commentary, examine each piece with the app’s 360-degree spin, and browse relevant essays and articles from Sotheby’s at Auction magazine to become a connoisseur with a few swipes of your screen.
Get absorbed in New York’s Museum of Modern Art with the MoMA app; take tours through the collections and personalize your experience with the ‘My Collections’ function, which allows you to store your favorite images, artworks and media and instantly share them with your friends. Lovers of modern art need never miss an exhibition again.
Art Book Apps is a mobile publishing company that works directly with artists to bring rare pieces and global collections into the universal digital world for everyone to experience. The company claims that ‘ArtBookApps is the future of the art book,’ combining text with video and visual images to make reading about art an art form in itself.