How Do You Improve An Artistic Masterpiece? Put An iPhone In There

Vincent van Gogh gets an update for the Cult of Mac generation. (Credit: Kim Dong-Kyu)

Vincent van Gogh gets an update for the Cult of Mac generation. (Credit: Kim Dong-Kyu)

The question of whether there exists such a thing as an objectively perfect work of art remains the stuff of artistic scholarship and debates, but one particular artist feels they’ve cracked the question of how to improve a time-honored masterpiece — by adding in a number of Apple products.

A new project called Art x Smart by artist Kim Dong-Kyu takes classic paintings, and adds in contemporary elements in the form of new technologies. What we wind up with is Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring” reimagined as “Girl With A Pearl Earring And An iPhone’,  Georges-Pierre Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte” with added iOS devices, and Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Bedroom’, complete with charging MacBook Air.

Jony Ive must be very proud.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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