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New York MTA to Roll Out a Public Art App

LOS ANGELES — The New York subway has always featured a host of great public art. From Tom Otterness’s famous figurines causing mischief at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue to the performers at Union Square and Times Square, the MTA’a Arts for Transit program provides a welcome respite from the usual grind of taking the subway.

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New App Lets You Crowdsource the DJ

LOS ANGELES — We all know what it’s like. You’re at a party, and the music’s great, but you wish they’d play a different song. But maybe other people won’t like that song. And then someone more vocal jumps in and suggests some other song that’s not so great. Okay, maybe it’s not that complicated. But there’s an app for that anyway.

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LACMA Lets You Play Exquisite Corpse on Your iPhone

LOS ANGELES — Just a day after I reviewed LACMA’s In Wonderland exhibition of surrealist female artists, I came across their new app. Designed by media artist Jody Zellen, Art Swipe starts you off with 16 images from the show. The images are cut in three and arranged with others on the screen, allowing you simply to slide the images until you find a mash-up you like.

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3 iPad Apps Recreate the Museum Experience…Almost

MANILA, Philippines — Over the past few months, I’ve watched with envy as stunning museum shows have gone up in my old haunts in Los Angeles and New York. Thankfully, in recent months three museums have released exhibition-related apps for the iPad and iPhone. To see how they stack up, I reviewed three apps (CA Design HD at LACMA, AB EX at MoMA, Cattelan at Guggenheim) in their iPad incarnations. Here are my thoughts.