ART WEB SITES
Art Market Blog has produced a list of the top 10 social networking web sites for artists, galleries, collectors and institutions.
One of our favourites is the very new site artselector which was set up at the end of 2008 by MA Fine Art graduates of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London.
It is a sort of youtube for art where artists upload art images instead of video clips. Viewers can comment and subscribe to see the latest uploaded works by artists of their choice. The number of views is counted for popularity rankings. Although content is still thin, Eurocentric and the curating system is not proven, this well-designed site has the potential to be a great resource for artists, collectors, galleries and anyone who enjoys an eye feast. Take a look at the page of Indian Beijing Olympics sculptor Ashish Gosh to see how it works.
Another site with potential and grand plans is Artslant which gives city by city art listings. Started in 2007 its focus is on major cities in the US but it plans to go global. This site does not cover Asia yet but when it does it will provide a much-needed service.
For listings we like London-based Time Out which has recently expanded into Asia. Time Out coverage also incorporates crisply-written art features with comments as well as a feed for each city. Here are the Time Out links for Hong Kong and Singapore.
For the full list of social networking sites for art see Art Market Blog. We would love to hear which art web sites you like and why, so do leave your suggestions and ideas in the comments section below.