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Art Circles Going Free for the iPad

Applications are mushrooming for iPad. Now, Art.com, Inc., providing access to a vast selection of hand-picked art images, has introduced artCircles, a new, free app for iPad.

The app takes you on a journey of discovery through the art collection seen through the eyes of various curators.

They include designer, Yves Behar; technology innovator, Michael Hawley; president of Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda; community organizer, Yosi Sergant; Pianist, Eric Lewis (ELEW); National Geographic explorer, Elizabeth Lindsey; and children’s book author, Leslie McGuirk, among others.

You can also view art works inspired by 20 different words and colors from quirky to ethereal and cyan to coquelicot.

Moreover, the “Off Book” Web-only short films train a lens on artists working in alternative and often interactive media, as well as on the collective creative movements drawn together through the power of the Internet. (Read: PBS Second Season of Arts Web Series Off Book)

“From Van Gogh to Rothko, every spin of the wheel on artCircles reveals something unexpected. By presenting our collection of more than 1 million works of art in a truly new way – through the eyes of this eclectic and creative group of curators or inspired by a word or color – we want to help people find the art they love,” said Geoffroy Martin, CEO of Art.com, Inc.

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To bring artCircles to life off the iPad, Art.com enlisted the help of creative agency Mekanism to produce a short film, “From Van Gogh to Rothko in 30 Seconds.” A work of art in and of itself, the director, Michael Langan, essentially curated his own collection, creating a visual thread of art images.

Created with San Francisco interactive agency, Hot Studio, artCircles leverages the iPad’s design and screen resolution, showcasing classic, current and little-known art images in bold, beautiful colors as well as crisp black and white. artCircles is compatible with the iPad and iPad2. The new app was introduced Tuesday, March 13.

Founded in 1998, Art.com, Inc. is the world’s leading online specialty provider of wall art.

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