Will the Retail Apocalypse Be Good for the Arts?

New York City’s brick-and-mortar shops are adapting to the age of Amazon by experimenting with turning stores into Instagram sets, community centers, hi-tech playgrounds and supercharged concierges. But what about more radical uses for the hundreds of city storefronts that now sit empty, sometimes for years? Eva Franch i Gilabert, who until recently ran the Storefront for Art and Architecture on Kenmare Street in Soho, suggests thinking about life after retail: she’s a visionary by temperament, and the loss of the traditional realm of the high street doesn’t give her much pause. “I am really glad that retail is moving to an app,” she says, given how the “city had been kidnapped” by chain stores and corporate brands. Something like this has happened before, of course: the obsolete industrial infrastructure of Soho was colonized by artists, and Storefront’s storefront was, before they arrived thirty years ago, a tire-repair shop. Can something like that happen again, reusing the city’s retail infrastructure?

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How To Edit Pictures With Lightroom Photography Tools

Contrary to what your favorite Instagram accounts may have you believe, you don’t need studio lighting, zoom lenses, tripods, and reflector discs to take a really good picture. You certainly don’t need studio space or a team of assistants. All you need is your phone. Your phone is the ultimate way to share your life, allowing you to take any mundane or unexpected activity and turn it into art — or at the very least, a lasting memory. All you have to do is point, snap, edit, and upload.

In partnership with Adobe Lightroom CC, we tapped eight artists to do just that. Armed with only a camera and the Lightroom app, they divulged how they make art from the most unexpected sources of inspiration: from the seeds on a sandwich bun to the contrasting geometry between buildings and plants. Ahead, each artist takes us behind the scenes of their photography, from beginning to end, and every editing step in between. (Of course, not all of us are experts in this area, so make sure you brush up on the basics before getting started with your own mobile editing.)

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Instagram plotting new music stickers feature

New code suggests users will soon be able to add music to Stories

It looks like photo sharing app Instagram is plotting a new feature which will allow users to add music to their Stories.

TechCrunch reports that coding spotted inside the platform’s Android app points towards a new “music stickers” capability. Users may be able to search for specific tracks, genres or artists in the future, and their selections will most likely play in the background of Instagram Story posts.

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Done With Art Fairs, Team Gallery Is Selling Works Through Instagram Instead of Going to Basel

For the first time in years, collectors at Art Basel won’t find a booth from New York’s Team Gallery at the fair—but that doesn’t mean they won’t come across work from the gallery while they’re in Switzerland. As they scroll through Instagram, they might see a sponsored post from Team, which is advertising the sale of an artwork each day for the next week on the social-networking service.

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