The Virtual Art World

Art can nourish the soul and broaden our horizons, but the art world is often pretentious and intimidating. Here are several fun and easy ways to gain a greater appreciation for art.

Now art-lovers can also appreciate art from online via their Apple iPad, in HD.

Through these best iPad apps for contemporary art appreciation, viewers are introduced to a myriad of benefits including making-of videos by the artist, high definition pictures of these art pieces, blogs by the artist, auction house previews, an opportunity to learn more about the artist and see special international exhibitions abroad while in the comfort of your home. We round up our top picks here.

The Saatchi Gallery Opus HD for iPad

This app opens the book on three decades of contemporary art with a digital compilation of multiple Saatchi Opus limited edition luxury printed publications. The app presents a comprehensive history of the gallery’s exhibitions and features the works of more than 150 international artists including Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Ron Mueck.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery, London app is a collection of the best paintings stored in the National Gallery, London. There are works by all the great masters, which you can download, email, or post. FREE APP, or $.99 extended version.

Do you love modern art, but cannot go to the museum? If you own an iPad, two new MoMA apps just might be for you.

MoMA Books is a free download that allows you to preview and purchase a number of the museum’s gorgeous art books from the confines of your own home. The best part is a good number of these titles are out of print, and would normally take a fair amount of effort to find in the real world. That, and pinch-zooming to see the detailing on a Pollock sure beats fighting through rows and rows of squinting tourists.

MOMA AB EX NY is a free app highlighting works from the 2010-2011 “Abstract Expressionist New York” and its related publication.It lets you virtually travel to the Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA) for a special look at its 2010-2011 exhibition “Abstract Expressionist New York.” View high-resolution images and videos of selected works from the exhibition, learn about the artists and the exhibition, and take a contemporary art tour of New York City with the app’s built-in multimedia map of art studios, galleries, bars and other points of interest.

The Art of Naoto Nakagawa HD

This app brings you up close and personal with the revered contemporary artist. Nakagawa takes you on a personal, narrated tour of his New York studio and invites you to explore his body of work through detailed analysis of individual paintings — from his explosive pop-art period to his hyper-real still-lifes, landscape paintings and performance works.

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