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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen just sold this abstract Rothko painting for $56.2 million

Is Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen getting tired of his abstract art collection? Bloomberg reports that the tech billionaire just unloaded at auction a Mark Rothko painting — “Untitled (Red, Blue, Orange)” — for the whopping price of $56.2 million. The sale occurred at Phillips in New York, with original estimates for the painting at $50… Read More

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A 20-Gigapixel Treasure Hunt: Microsoft Research project highlights Seattle artists

When Microsoft Research produced its first gigapixel panorama of Seattle’s skyline in 2006, it was an amazing success in image compositing. But there was still something missing. “Although the panorama was beautiful, it struck us upon exploring the image that there were hardly any people to be found,” explains Michael Cohen, a Principal Researcher in… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Wayne Bishop is bringing art to the masses, and the iPhone

Wayne Bishop has spent his entire career in technology, working as an entrepreneur, project manager and software engineer — bridging the divide between business and technology for companies including Microsoft and non-profit groups in the Seattle region. And he has immersed himself in the world of fine art. Working with his wife, Karen Bishop, he… Read More

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Pencil meets Paper: FiftyThree’s new $50 stylus for iPad joins acclaimed sketchbook app

Nestled inside FiftyThree’s Seattle office on a typically rainy fall afternoon, I’m enjoying a quick chat with Ian MacDuff, a veteran developer working at the young startup. We’re talking about the company’s newest product, Pencil, and MacDuff admits that he’s never really been a creative person. But he quickly follows that with a comment about Pencil’s influence…. Read More

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Commentary: Why every artist should work at a startup

Hi, I’m Clayton Weller. I’m a director, performer and writer. I would most definitely consider myself an artist. I’ve worked for years to hone my craft. I’ve taken classes, held myself to a relentless production schedule, and worked under people who have been producing art for longer than I’ve been alive. Still, the best thing… Read More

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Museum of the future: Trover hosts cloud-based, crowdsourced art exhibit

Here’s an example of a museum adapting to the digital age. Born from conversation by Southern Polytechnic State University new media students and officials from High Museum in Atlanta, #HighWithoutWalls is a crowdsourced, cloud-based museum exhibit that gives visitors voice and choice in the life of a museum. The exhibit, hosted on Seattle-based photo-sharing website Trover,… Read More

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Geeky art project coming to Seattle utility poles this July

We’re fascinated with stories where the physical and digital worlds come together, and each day it seems there are more examples of it. Here’s another one that caught our attention today. Seattle artist and photographer Kevin Wildermuth plans next month to install his art project — yellow placards displaying QR codes — on utility poles… Read More

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Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ just sold for $119 million, and Paul Allen isn’t the buyer

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen owns sports teams, massive yachts and even his own island, though that San Juan island property is currently for sale for $13.5 million. So, did the globe-trotting billionaire just supplement his many interests by picking up one of four copies of Edvard Munch’s classic painting The Scream? Allen was one of… Read More

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Museum exhibit casts video game art in a new light

It’s a bit hard to believe that an industry which started with something as basic as Pong could now be perceived as high art. But video games certainly have achieved that status. A new exhibit which opened Thursday night at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience showcases and celebrates the “creative power of this… Read More

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Check out this startup’s amazing office mural, created by the aerosol artist Weirdo

Some companies reward staffers with holiday parties. Others give a nice little bonus or extra time off. Evo Media Group co-founder Mark Michael wanted to do something a little different, so he commissioned renowned Seattle graffiti artist Jeff “Weirdo” Jacobson to spice things up around the office. Weirdo’s work with spray paint can is truly striking,… Read More

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Getting games from good to great with Bungie’s Rick Lico

It’s an overcast summer’s evening in Seattle’s University District, and in the warehouse-like space in the back of an arts supply store, game designer Richard Lico is stabbing the air with his hands. “Immersion is what games are all about,” he says, emphasizing how a character’s movements can tell stories on their own. But getting someone… Read More