The Essential Summer ’17 Reading List: Art (X) Tech

What We’re Reading Now

We are passionate about the intersection of Art & Technology. From VR to AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin and the new .ART domain, check out some great stories on Art & Technology from the New York Times, ForbesArtnet, Fast Companythe Atlantic, CNN and more.

CNN  //
Virtually Unknown: How to Put a Price Tag on the Most Progressive Form of Art

“Christie’s chief marketing officer, Marc Sands, believes that it is only a matter of time before VR starts appearing at major auctions.”  Read more.


New York Times //
Young Digital Artists, Anxious About … Technology

“Digital art at Sotheby’s? The auction house is better known for selling canvases by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat for $100 million-plus than for showing what many collectors still regard as ephemera.”  Read more.

Jeremy Bailey’s “Important Portrait of the Artist’s Wife.”

Jeremy Bailey’s “Important Portrait of the Artist’s Wife.”

Artsy // 
You Can Now Paint a Digital “Scream” Using Edvard Munch’s Brushes

“Munch Museet, the Oslo-based museum responsible for safeguarding the artist’s archive, has teamed up with Adobe, the mega-software company behind Photoshop, to bring Munch’s paintbrushes back to life.”  Read more.

Image courtesy of Adobe.

Artnet //
Cindy Sherman Just Made Her Instagram Account Public and It’s Amazing

“Before the age of social media and its painstakingly sculpted personae, Pictures Generation artist Cindy Sherman had already established herself as the art world’s reigning queen of self-reinvention, using the camera to morph into one character after another.”  Read more.


Cindy Sherman. Image Courtesy ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images.

Artists Show Potential of VR

“Art acts as cultural radar, an early alarm system for the development of media.”  Read more.

Zenka's AR artwork at Art of VR, presented by The VR Society at Sotheby's New York, June 22-23, 2017.

Zenka’s AR artwork at Art of VR, presented by The VR Society at Sotheby’s New York

BBC //
How Bitcoin Is Infiltrating the $60B Global Art Market

“Why is the art world getting excited about digital currency Bitcoin and its underlying technology blockchain?” Read more.


ArtNews //
Are you in Ibiza this summer? Don’t miss Olia Lialina’s show “Asymmetrical Response,” her collaborative exhibition with Cory Arcangel at Art Projects Ibiza. Read more.


Fast Company //
Lovely Pixel Paintings Created By Software Following Its Own Muse 

“When a programmer writes software to create spontaneous art, who do we call the artist? Because whereas artists of yesteryear worked in oil paints and canvas, Andreas Nicolas Fischer has a computer paint his pictures for him.”  Read more.


Andreas Nicolas Fischer

Artnet //
The Guggenheim Just Restored Its First Web Artwork.  Here’s How. 

“Even the Internet has ruins worthy of preservation. Amid remnants of the early web, the Guggenheim has restored Shu Lea Cheang’s Brandon (1998–99), the first online artwork to join the New York museum’s permanent collection. The long-defunct website, commissioned by the Guggenheim in 1998 and hosted at, is the first digital artwork to be restored by the museum.”  Read more. 


Shu Lea Cheang, Brandon (1998–99). Courtesy of the Guggenheim, © Shu Lea Cheang.

DesignBoom //
Matthias Dörfelt Algorithmically Interprets Bitcoin As a Paper Currency

“Influenced by bitcoin’s popularity, artist matthias dörfelt has designed a series of 64 bank notes that imagine what the cyber money might look like in physical form.”  Read more. 

Matthias Dörfelt

Matthias Dörfelt

New York Times //
A Brief History of Emoji Art, All the Way to Hollywood

“Emoji themselves are intriguing design objects, embedded with clues to the culture in which they are created and shared. Last year, the Museum of Modern Art acquired the very first set of emoji characters.”  Read more. 


The original set of 176 emojis, designed for a Japanese mobile provider and acquired by the Museum of Modern Art.CreditShigetaka Kurita/Museum of Modern Art

Wired // 
Google’s in-house artist shows how code that can understand images can also be made to play with them. 

“Claude Monet used brushes, Jackson Pollock liked a trowel, and Cartier-Bresson toted a Leica. Mario Klingemann makes art using artificial neural networks.” Read more. 


Mario Klingemann

ArtNet //
Five Works That Shaped the History of Video Art, According to Collector Julia Stoschek
“This month, the Julia Stoschek Collection in Dusseldorf is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exhibition curated by the acclaimed young artist Ed Atkins. Gathering a total of 49 works, the show illustrates a history of the genre of time-based media art, from the 1950s to today.” Read more.

Julia Stoschek, with Kill-Wallpaper, (2003) by Sturtevant. Photo courtesy Şirin Şimşek.

Julia Stoschek, with Kill-Wallpaper, (2003) by Sturtevant. Photo courtesy Şirin Şimşek.

Widewalls //
Meet Contemporary Video Artists Whose Work Intrigues and Captivates 

“According to Hegel, artists should be the ones to follow the Zeitgeist, and moreover, to trace the path they find to be progressive – that is what makes art rise above kitsch. Back in the early 1960s, video was a new medium, and the artists who managed to recognize its potential have unlocked a new chapter in art.”  Read more.


Pipilotti Rist: Pour Your Body Out

The Atlantic //
Art For the Instagram Age

“Is Yayoi Kusama’s new participatory-art exhibit about seeking profound experiences—or posting selfies?”  Read more.


Yayoi Kusama

Financial Times // 
Could Blockchain Help to Block Art Market Fraud?

“Could blockchain software and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, which it supports, revolutionise the art market? Proponents of the technology, which can record and validate digital transactions on a secure database, see it as potentially solving problems surrounding authentication of art and its opaque money trail.”  Read more.

From the Outside 2’ (2017) by Lulwa Al Khalifa, on show at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Happening //
.com Is Dead.  Art on the Internet Gets Organized 

“The online editorial platform-cum-artist project/archive, e-flux, recently announced the creation of a new Internet domain pertaining specifically to art-related online resources.  Whilst the difference between a .com and a .art may seem inconsequential, e-flux have taken the project very seriously, applying for the rights to the domain over 6 years ago, announcing “a new development that will have a serious impact for art practitioners, institutions of art, and art publics worldwide.” Read more.