There is no doubt that many sports fans believe that some iconic sporting moments belong in a museum. But can sport also be an effective art? In LJ Rader's eyes, yes. Through his popular accounts on Instagram and X (formerly Twitter), the American finds a remarkable intersection between sports and art. And the great thing: “There is no artificial intelligence.”
What does Wimbledon have to do with Salvador Dali? Or Pablo Picasso with American football? We hear your opinion little or nothing, but it's not in LJ Rader's head. The American bridges the gap between sports and art through his popular social media account, Art But Make It Sports.
On his Instagram and X accounts, Rader regularly posts sports photos that bear a striking resemblance to works of art and vice versa. More than 360,000 followers have enjoyed the photos, and his amazing finds have already gone viral several times.
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I have over 10,000 photos on my phone of artworks I have photographed in museums or galleries. And I'm very good at memorizing them.
LJ Rader, the man behind art but make it a sport
“I often watch something live myself, but since the account has become so popular, I've been increasingly inundated with photos my followers send me. It's nice to be able to react instantly to current events,” he said.
“Sometimes I know right away which artwork fits something. Then it's art I've seen or art I know a little bit about.”
“It's also possible for me to learn about a particular topic from art history. When someone is lying on the floor, it could be Christ's Lament, for example. Then I sometimes Google something within that topic, because I know it's in art history.” It will lead to something.”
Sometimes he sees a broader resemblance to the artist's work. “Then it's not immediately about a particular work, but about the style. Then I look for something that matches that.”
He says he doesn't use artificial intelligence software to find similarities. “I have over 10,000 photos on my phone of artworks I've taken in museums or galleries. I'm very good at saving them.”
“There's no AI involved. Sometimes of course I look up the name of the painter or the painting. Of course I can't remember everything. But I don't use AI to make a match. Or maybe I use AI myself? I've heard that before,” he laughs.
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