Taking it to a new dimension
Investigating the potential of 3D printing in the art world
By Julia Halperin. Web only
Published online: 17 July 2014
How will 3D printing change the art world? The International Foundation for Art Research (Ifar) will examine this question at an event in New York on 22 July. Artists, lawyers, curators and museum directors will gather to discuss the new technology’s potential to transform artistic production, museum education and conservation. There will also be a live demonstration of 3D printing.
The influence of 3D printing on visual art is growing. Recently, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, revealed that it used a 3D printer to create an official bust of President Barack Obama. At Art Basel last month, the Berlin-based gallery Tanya Leighton presented Yuanmingyuan 3D, 2014, an installation by Oliver Laric of 3D-printed marble columns modelled after those from a palace outside Beijing. Earlier this year, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York staged an exhibition devoted to artworks created using 3D printing. Ronald Labaco, a curator at the museum, will speak at Ifar’s event, titled “3D Printing: Infinite Possibilities and New Challenges for the Art World”.
The discussion will also address “the fact that the technology, which facilitates replication, has legal implications, such as patent and copyright infringement and, down the road, possibly also forgery and fraud”, says Sharon Flescher, the executive director of Ifar.
Other speakers include Barry X Ball, a sculptor who uses 3D printing in his work, Don Undeen, the senior manager of the Media Lab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Axel Rüger, the director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which recently launched a project to 3D scan and replicate several paintings in its collection.
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