Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013 by Will Hagle
Artsy connects artists, galleries and museums with consumers and collectors of all experience levels that wish to view and purchase great art.
Like the Internet’s best companies, Artsy has a specific, clearly defined goal: “to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.” while that goal may seem ambitious, the company is making strides towards attaining the goal of art equality. Artsy has already partnered with over 500 galleries and over 100 museums in order to make their art viewable and for purchase. A wide range of art is available on Artsy, and numerous styles and eras are represented. Prices range from affordable pieces under $1,000 to more high-profile pieces that can reach prices above $1,000,000 (it seems as if the company is taking the term “everyone” seriously. Because Artsy aims to make art accessible to everyone — from the world’s most prolific collectors to beginners to the art scene — the site also makes Art Specialists available to all users of the site. These specialists work directly with users of the site to find the pieces that best fit their price range and personal preferences.
If Artsy didn’t already seem overly ambitious, they’re also currently working on something called the Art Genome Project. Like the Human Genome Project, this undertaking aims to map the varying characteristics, including art movements, artists, and styles, that connect art and artists throughout history. Many of the works catalogued via the Art Genome Project are available for viewing through the site, but not for purchase. While this may seem like a limitation of the site, it’s actually one of Artsy’s advantages. The company truly believes in fostering an online community dedicated to art, and the ability to view and/or purchase pieces through the site strengthens and reinforces that community. All of the art on the site is easily discoverable through filters such as price, color, size and medium, the latter of which ranges from film/video to sculpture and painting. Artsy recognizes all art forms as art, and encourages users to learn more about varying artforms in addition to making purchases and adding to their collections. The site truly fills the need for a premier, non-exclusive online destination for the discussion and sale of fine art.