Fine art for the masses

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - MARA SE­LANDERS

AAIt’s an elec­tronic can­vas and the gallery is your liv­ing room.

Art­kick is a new app that trans­forms your TV into a pic­ture frame for dis­play­ing more than $4.2 bil­lion worth of art — pieces such as van Gogh’s Irises and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

CEO Shel­don Laube is de­ter­mined to bring art to the masses, free of charge.

“In­stead of art be­ing in big gran­ite build­ings that you have to go to, can’t we un­lock it and bring that art


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With your phone or tablet as the dig­i­tal cu­ra­tor, the app lets users stream ev­ery­thing from fine art to pic­tures from their last va­ca­tion di­rectly onto the TV us­ing Google Chrome­cast or Roku Stream­ing Stick de­vices.

If you have an In­ter­net­con­nected smart TV from Sharp, Sam­sung and LG you can find the app in the app store on the TV.

While cer­tain pre­mium op­tions will emerge over time, the main ar­chive — con­sist­ing of over 100,000 im­ages from col­lec­tions all around the world — will CLEAR­BROOK VIL­LAS OF FIRE­SIDE: Bungalow vil­las by Cal­bridge Homes from the $430,000s. Phase 1 now sell­ing. Sales & Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre: 3 Fire­side Gate. CON­CEPT, THE: By Jay­man Modus. One- and two-bed­room con­dos from $170,000s. At 122, 207 Sun­set Dr. in Sun­set Ridge. LOFTS ON THE BOW: By Timko. Adult plus-45 project. Units from 1,045 to 1,747 square feet from $330,000s. At 45077 Ge­orge Fox Trail. RANGE, THE: By Birch­wood Prop­er­ties. Town­homes from $199,900 plus GST. At 101 Heart­land Ave. RAVINES OF SUN­SET RIDGE: Up­scale town­homes with out­stand­ing view by Cal­bridge Homes from the $330,000s. Four floor plans to choose from. Quick Pos­ses­sion Home avail­able. Sales Cen­tre at 220 Sun­set Point.

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You can choose whether you feel like view­ing fine art or pho­tog­ra­phy, con­tem­po­rary or Vic­to­rian.

And all of it can change by the minute, hour, day or never. You set the timer. For Laube, the ques­tion is sim­ple: In a world where you can carry thou­sands of mu­si­cians in your pocket, why not in­vite thou­sands of artists into your den?

“It’s a revo­lu­tion in the way of think­ing about art.

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ARANCH ES­TATES: Gated, land-lease com­mu­nity for man­u­fac­tured homes. From $75,000 to $200,000. Sales of­fice, 100 Ranch­wood Ln.


Us­ing a phone or tablet as dig­i­tal cu­ra­tor, the app Art­kick lets users stream ev­ery­thing from art to va­ca­tion pho­tos di­rectly to their tele­vi­sion sets.

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