Let’s Make Louvre
Stream famous art to your TV
You already use your smart TV or Chromecast to stream music, movies and kickboxing routines. So why not... art?
That’s the idea behind Artkick, a new app that brings museum-quality works of art right to your television.
Get started by downloading the free app and browsing Artkick’s collection of some 50,000 images. Find one you like--say, Theo van Doesburg’s Dancers or Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks--and you can beam it directly to your television, using the same method you currently use for Netflix or Spotify. (It’s compatible with Sharp and Samsung smart TVs, as well as Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV.)
Rather look at your own masterpieces? You can also import selections from your Flickr, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Choose to keep the image static or rotate through a feed of works.
Obviously, this isn’t an alternative to actually owning real art. But we do like the idea of staring at the world’s greatest paintings instead of, well, American Idol.
Plus, it’s great for our new favorite party game: “Guess that 19th-century Danish still life.”