We recently came across a fantastic new app called Artsy, that aims to transform how we discover, learn, share and buy artwork currently on view at leading galleries, art fairs and museums around the globe.The app is an extension of one of our favourite websites of the same name, and is powered by The Art Genome Project— which provides pathways for discovery for experts and non-experts alike to discover art.
The app is updated daily and already contains more than 50,000 high-resolution images of contemporary and historical artworks from over 600 leading galleries, art fairs, museums, private collections, foundations, and artists’ estates in 50 countries, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, SFMOMA, the British Museum, Gagosian Gallery, Pace Gallery, White Cube and Victoria Miro. This database contains works that are available for purchase, in addition to works in museum exhibitions and permanent collections, spanning a wide range of cultures and time periods from old masters such as Monet and Botticelli to important contemporary works by leading artists such as Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons and Ai Weiwei. It is the first time such a large selection of artworks from world-renowned institutions have been made available to the public all in one place, and at zoom capabilities so high that individual brushstrokes are visible to the naked eye.
The app also lets you explore the latest happenings across the art world including exhibitions and art fairs, and inquire about or purchase artwork available to collect with the tap of a finger. It’s now possible to virtually visit the most important art fairs including Art Rio in South America, The Armory Show in New York, Frieze in London and Art Basel in Europe.
As Artsy is dedicated to trying to help art collectors, the app also has personal advisors available to assist beginners as well as seasoned buyers all via the app. Artsy’s advisory and specialist teams were trained at top galleries and auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s and provide individualised support catered to each user.
Carter Cleveland, the founder and CEO of Artsy, discusses the app saying, “At Artsy we’re developing the most technically advanced, sophisticated and beautiful means for everyone to access art. Mobile technology is a critical step in that direction–especially as collectors and art enthusiasts are spending less time sitting in front of computers and more time on the run. Given this, we’re excited to announce the Artsy iPhone and iPod touch App, making it possible to browse the world’s top artists, galleries, museums, and art fairs–all from a device that fits in your pocket.”
The Artsy App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at
Artsy – putting the art world in your pocket