New Art Resource: Artsy


Da Vinci – Skull (Photo: Wikipedia)

Okay, “new” to me but this is really worth passing on to others. What is Artsy?

“Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Our growing database of 350,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.”

I am very interested in websites like this as possible replacements for commercial textbooks or at least a replacement for expensive online ancillary materials from commercial publishers. Come to this site to explore old favorites and to find artists that you possibly won’t find anywhere else outside of a museum or gallery.

“Artsy is a place to explore current and past exhibitions at museums and galleries, biennials, and cultural events, and to preview international art fairs before their doors open to the public. Artsy hosts select benefit auctions to support important nonprofit organizations, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Watermill Center, Public Art Fund, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, and Independent Curators International.”

English: Self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. R...

Self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. Red chalk. 33 × 21 cm. Turin, Royal Library ( 15571). NOTE This image is in red chalk. Do not revert to the black and white image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oliver from Artsy sent me a note about the Leonardo Da Vinci page which is a great example of what they are doing there. The page is well designed. These images are openly licensed and the page is just gorgeous. As you scroll down, there are links to related articles and other resources; there are links to shows and other relevant artists. In other words, this is a very useful site to art aficionados, instructors, students or just anyone interested in learning more about art.  And then as a designer, the construction of the site as well as the subject matter warrant a close review.

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