The Next Andy Warhol is a Website

Most successful artists perform commissions or custom artworks for pay.

The Roman Colosseum was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in AD 72. Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper was commissioned in 1495 for the monastery church of Santa Maria della Grazia. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1632 to house the tomb of his wife. The Andy Warhol painting below was commissioned but never purchased by POTUS in 1981.

NYT: Trump and the Arts: ‘Evita,’ Huge Towers and a Snub for Warhol

Software Eating Art Commissions

Yourownmaps.com launched on product hunt yesterday. The site’s easy editor allows you to customize your poster’s location ( via Mapbox ), title, color and orientation. The experience is beautiful.

Thousands of customers are commissioning Your Own Maps to help them create works of art. The internet’s response to the site made me wonder where future art will come from.

The world we live in often inspires art. We spend more time in digital worlds where we find beauty in maps, games, tweets, searches, wikis, texts and more. How is physical art creation and consumption influenced by our new digital worlds?

Examples

Onehundredforty: Turn tweets into design prints.

Retro Patents: Vintage technology, design and game patent art.

Luster: Instagram hashtag generated mosaics.

Commits.io: posters of your code.

Commit Print: posters of your git repository.

ASCII Prints: text-based emoticon prints.

Snail Mail My Email: beautiful hand written email letters.

Pop Your Pup: on-demand pet art.


Future

What do art commissions look like when drone companies add prisma-esque features, when parents want 3D printed screenshots of your video game goal or when graffiti artists tag every single structure in VR/AR? How will these experiences influence future art? And will they be created by people or robots?

Regardless, I’m looking forward to hanging it on my walls.