museums, and private collections.
Powered by The Art Genome Project—a way of providing pathways for discovery for experts and non-experts alike—Artsy hopes to foster new generations of art lovers, museum-goers, collectors, and patrons. We are honored to partner with 500+ leading galleries, as well as 170+ museums and foundations.
On behalf of the whole team, welcome to Artsy and thank you for exploring our site.
– Carter Cleveland, Founder and CEO
Artsy Engineer, Sergey Karayev, Artsy Genomer, Jessica Backus, and Artsy Gallery Liaison, Natalie Baker map the Genome in Artsy's conference room
The Art Genome Project is an ongoing study to map the characteristics (known as ‘genes’) that connect the world’s artists and artworks. There are over 500 genes including art-historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities. For instance, Artsy might connect Andy Warhol to Damien Hirst via the Pop Culture gene, or Ai Weiwei with Botticelli via the Metaphor/Allegory gene. These connections create endless opportunities for discovery and learning. You can visit The Art Genome Project on Artsy and Artsy Education to learn more.
– Matthew Israel, Director of The Art Genome Project
Artsy’s engineering team writes its own open-source projects and shares them with the community. We face unique algorithmic, user experience, and infrastructure challenges; read more about on Artsy’s technology on our Engineering blog, and find a list of Artsy’s open-source projects here.
Artsy's Madeline Goldstein Exploring Art Basel Miami in person
There are currently over 30,000 works available for sale on Artsy provided by our leading international gallery partners. These works range in price from under $1,000 to over $1,000,000, with new ones added every day.
When you're interested in a work, you can use Artsy to contact the seller directly, or you can discuss the work with an Artsy specialist who will be happy to answer any questions you might have about it. There is no charge for making an inquiry or consulting with an artsy specialist.
Artsy specialists are available to all Artsy users, whether you are purchasing your first work or building upon an existing collection. Our specialists typically join Artsy after working for several years at leading auction houses, galleries, or museums, and are available to help you find works that you love, with your price range, interests, and current collection in mind. Your specialist can also source works which aren't publicly listed on the site through our international network of gallery partners.
Works exhibited by our nonprofit partners, as well as certain works from our gallery partners, are not for sale and are featured on Artsy for inspiration, study and reference. If you'd like to know more about one of these works, or you'd like us to help you find other similar works, whether for sale or otherwise, just let us know.
Artsy's weekly team lunch around the picnic table at HQ
Artsy is led by Carter Cleveland, a computer science engineer from Princeton University with a passion for fine art, and Sebastian Cwilich, a former executive at Christie’s Auction House and Haunch of Venison Gallery. The Artsy team is headquartered in downtown New York City, with specialists and gallery liaisons in Los Angeles, Munich, and London.
Investors include Dasha Zhukova, founder of Moscow’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture; Wendi Murdoch, film producer; Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal, board of Facebook; Sky Dayton, founder of Earthlink and Boingo Wireless; Josh Kushner, managing partner of Thrive Capital; Jack Dorsey, creator of Twitter; and Dave Morin, co-founder and CEO at Path.
Advisors include John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Larry Gagosian, owner of Gagosian Galleries; Marc Glimcher, president of The Pace Gallery; Joe Kennedy, CEO of Pandora; Barrett White, SVP Christie’s; Cristin Tierney, Tierney Gardarin Gallery; and David Cleveland, author of History of American Tonalism.
Artsy's booth at The Armory Show
As a global platform, Artsy’s user base has grown to over 175,000 art lovers, students, and collectors hailing from 186 countries. We’ve served over 230 million artwork views to over 1.5 million unique visitors since our public launch in October 2012.
Artsy now partners with 140+ outstanding museums, foundations, and organizations, including: Guggenheim Museum, The J. Paul Getty Trust, Fondation Beyeler, Asia Art Archive, The British Museum, SFMOMA, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt: National Design Museum, Calder Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Diebenkorn Foundation, Art21, Public Art Fund, and more. Using the latest advances in engineering and design, Artsy hopes to help educate and cultivate new generations of art lovers, museum visitors, collectors, and patrons. With a database that includes everything from Cindy Sherman to the Rosetta Stone, Artsy enables experts and non-experts alike to discover and learn about art from all time periods and cultures, see Artsy Education.
It is free for nonprofits to partner with Artsy, and you may use any of our services to promote your collections, exhibitions, and programs. Our services include: 1) sharing works in the Artsy library, where images are “genomed” and searchable; 2) posting insights and events to Artsy’s social layer; and/or 3) selling limited-edition artworks through Artsy’s e-commerce platform.
For more information, see our Institutional Overview. If you represent a museum, private collection, foundation, or nonprofit arts organization, please email email@example.com. We look forward to collaborating with you!
– Christine Kuan, Chief Curator & Director of Strategic Partnerships
Artsy’s 500+ gallery partners worldwide provide content for the our database of 50,000+ works by over 11,000+ artists, creating one of the largest collections of art online. Artsy is a popular destination for both seasoned and aspiring collectors, with a global audience of 175,000+ registered users from 186 countries. To date, over 1.5 million unique visitors have explored art on our platform, and the average distance between a buyer and seller on Artsy totals over 2,400 miles.
Artsy gallery partners have access to an invaluable suite of marketing and sales tools, including unlimited artwork listings, a dedicated gallery profile page, promotion of current exhibitions and fair booths, client inquiries routed directly through the site, optional e-commerce functionality, and targeted email campaigns to users who ‘Follow’ the gallery’s artists.
In addition to user-facing promotion, Artsy partners have access to behind-the-scenes tools to manage inventory and facilitate client interactions and sales. Artsy’s web-based Content Management System (CMS) allows partners to maintain direct control over their Artsy inventory, as well as sync with Artsy Folio, the free iPad application for galleries to display and email artworks and related documents on the go. Artsy will also optimize all of your inventory for Search Traffic (SEO) and sharing on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.
Artsy’s unique combination of intuitive design, sophisticated search recommendation engine, and comprehensive coverage of major art world events offers galleries a central online platform to expand the audience for your program and reach new collectors.
If you are a gallery interested in partnering with Artsy, please complete this application form to tell us more about your program. Partnership with Artsy is currently by invitation only; however, we will review your request as quickly as possible and follow up directly if we feel that you are a good match for our platform.
If you have further questions about Artsy’s gallery partnerships, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In striving to make the art world accessible to an international audience, Artsy has focused on providing comprehensive online coverage of major international art world events. Recent fair features include The Armory Show 2013 and Design Miami/Basel 2012, as well as other major art world events such as the 55th Venice Biennale.
If you represent an art fair and are interested in learning more about how Artsy partners with art fairs, please contact us at email@example.com.
At this point Artsy does not work directly with artists and does not review portfolios. If you are represented by a gallery, please ask your gallery to submit this application form to express interest in partnering with Artsy.
Artsy Designers, Robert Lenne, Erina Ho, and Andreas Källbom dress up as the Bauhaus Gene for Artsy's Halloween Party
At its core, Artsy is the convergence of art and science. We’re a team of designers, engineers, and arts professionals who share a passion for bringing the art world into the digital age.
Making all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection is an ambitious goal. Amazing colleagues, challenging problems, and 360-degree views of Manhattan keep us inspired everyday.
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