This week I am so honored to be the Guest Curator at Saatchi Online! HERE is a sneak preview of my collection…I just love it & I hope you do, too! xoxo Dana
Reblogged from The Tao of Dana.
Amazon Art just went live and blech. I just don’t think people are going to spend this kind of money online. Maybe once for the novelty, but how do you control quality, what about color matching from the site to the print? I understand that not all of the available works are going for the price of a Chuck Close print, but even the lesser priced pieces I would be wary about.
Also, aesthetically speaking, there is no tangible line of thought or program going. It’s actually unattractive to look at, not one thing makes me want to go through and actually look at the offerings. They announced they were going to do this earlier this year, if I remember correctly, and this is what they were able to put together? I know that Amazon isn’t the most glamorous place to shop for, well anything, but if you’re trying to go high end gallery-esque a little thought into the presentation would have made me feel a bit more valued as a consumer of presumably good taste.
I know I know more than most, but this is really just…not interesting or informative. Maybe it’s just me? Maybe I know too much? I guess that even if I didn’t know anything about this, a lot of it is really common sense and the rest is so dull and poorly written I can’t even get through it.
Noah Jashinski …and some days feel like a Goddard film.
I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that as of right now I am selling this incredible photograph by Noah Jashinski on Hyde or Buy!
I met Noah when one of my favorite people (jerk) moved to NY and she had a going away party. I knew we would be fast friends and immediately got mad at said jerk for keeping him from me for so long. Besides being a Grade A solid human being and friend he’s an incredibly talented photographer and I knew I had to have him! Luckily for me he agreed.
Today these websites face two principal challenges to develop a brand and to create a sustainable business model. Branding has been complicated for all by the sudden rise of several companies with overlapping aims and market approaches. Within the last two years, the number of online art start-ups has shot up and now sits at well over 25. Unsurprisingly, the wider public may have difficulty distinguishing among the options. “It takes time on all these sites to figure out what’s different,” admits David Frankel, a partner at the venture capital fund Founder Collective, which has invested in the sites Art.sy, 20x200, and Paddle8.
A close look at seven of the best-funded, most innovative, and most intensely promoted art initiatives on the Internet today—Exhibition A, Art.sy, 1stdibs, Paddle8, 20x200, Artspace and VIP Art—reveals a variety of business models. Each seeks to capitalize on the dramatic globalization of the art market, which has developed significantly since an earlier generation of sites flopped a decade ago. “Some will make it and some won’t,” Frankel says. “At this point, we’ve spread our bets a little bit.”
I was hoping for more battling. Jousting? Too much Game of Thrones?
If your view of Paddle8 is somewhat fuzzy, you probably aren’t the only one. In our unscientific survey of people in the art world, most have heard of the site (and its elegant design), but few could put their finger on what its purpose was. Plenty of Web sites are trying to make a go of selling art online, and while Paddle8’s site serves as an intersection for art buyers and sellers, online commerce isn’t its real game. In reality, it is trying to capitalize on streamlining the less romantic services that make selling art difficult and expensive — shipping, handling, invoicing, billing, and insurance. It hopes to profit by offering reduced rates on these services to the many galleries that use its platform, thereby taking advantage of bulk discounts and making it cheaper for the art world to conduct the back end of its business. The company, in turn, takes a four percent commission on deals done through the site.
So are all y’all members of Saatchi Online yet? No? Why not?
Seriously, why not? I know everyone is on the 20x200 bandwagon, which is great, but this is better.* Are you an artist? Awesome! Start uploading your stuff so you can start selling ASAP. Looking for some affordable art that isn’t cookie-cutter? Even better. There is an endless supplies of new artists doing some incredibly cutting edge work that is more than affordable** and cool.
Also, their mission is just amazing. Promoting all new artists, promoting new collectors, making new connections. It’s inspiring really.
*Offense meant, it’s true. Jen Beckman, step up your game.
** I found awesome prints for $17!!! That’s incredible.