Artsy’s mission is to expand the art market to support more artists and art in the world.

We are a platform for collecting and discovering art.

  • Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1665), Oil on canvas, 44 1/2 × 39 cm
  • René Magritte, The Healer (Le Thérapeute) (1937), Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 × 25 9/16 in
  • James Turrell, Rendering for Aten Reign (2013), Daylight and LED light
  • Ryan McGinley, Salton Sea (2014), C-print, frame 25 × 16 9/10 in 63.5 × 43 cm
  • Zhang Huan, Q Confucius No.2 (2011), Silicone, Steel, Carbon Fibre and Acrylic
  • Le Corbusier Chapelle de Notre-Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France (1950-1954) Ronchamp, France

The Art World

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 1,000,000 works of art, architecture, and design by 100,000 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.

Shows and Art Fairs

We cover art world happenings and events around the world

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 SFMOMA, Public Art Fund, National Gallery Singapore, ICA London, Make A Wish Foundation, and more.

Artsy Editorial

Bird Sh*t, Bubble Gum, and Crack Pipes: Dan Colen Reflects on his Decade-Long Career

Artsy Editorial

Kanye West’s Surprise Performance at Design Miami/ Basel: Find Out Which Designers He Loves

The Artsy iPhone App

Access from anywhere

Our iPhone app allows you to browse, save, learn about, and collect from your phone. It also serves as a personalized, on-the-ground guide to any art fair we feature on Artsy.


There are currently over 600,000 works available for sale on Artsy, provided by galleries, auction houses, museums, and institutions from around the world. These works range in price from $100 to over $1,000,000, with new ones added every day. We serve as a link between our gallery partners and those interested in collecting.

How it works

Collecting art and design on Artsy

If you’re interested in a for-sale work, simply visit the artwork page to send a message directly to the gallery or institution. You can ask about pricing, availability, shipping, and further details. Often, the more information you give the gallery about yourself, the quicker the response will be. You can also click “Ask an Artsy Specialist,” who will be happy to answer any questions you might have. There is no charge for making an inquiry or consulting with one of our specialists.

Image courtesy of The Armory Show

International art fair previews

Browse and inquire on works before doors open

One of Artsy's most popular features for collectors is our online art fair previews. Here, you can view what exhibitors will be bringing to the fair, inquire on and collect works, and view special content such as "Insider Picks." We preview more than 80 major art fairs including Art Basel, Frieze, The Armory Show, NADA, ArtRio, IFPDA, Zona MACO, and Design/ Miami.

Follow artists, galleries, and museums

Receive alerts on new works and shows

We want to keep you up-to-date on the artists, galleries, and museums you love. When you click “Follow,” you’ll receive weekly emails informing you of exhibition openings, new works, and other news related to those you’re following.

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Artsy Specialists

We’re here to help you find art

Artsy specialists are available to all Artsy users, whether you are purchasing your first work or building upon an existing collection. Our specialists join Artsy from leading auction houses, galleries, and 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.

Becca Starr
More questions about collecting?

Collector ResourcesContact Specialist

The Art Genome

The Art Genome Project is the classification system and technological framework that powers Artsy. It maps the characteristics (we call them “genes”) that connect artists, artworks, architecture, and design objects across history. There are currently over 1,000 characteristics in The Art Genome Project, including art historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities.

Mapping the world's art

Works are given a set of characteristics

In the process we refer to as “genoming,” our team of art historians and experts assign works various characteristics. The result is endless opportunities for discovery and learning, connecting works being made today to works with similar attributes, including art made decades or even hundreds of years ago.

A System for Discovery

Characteristics are used to connect works by subject, style, and movement

Mary Cassatt
Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Sally Mann
Untitled from the "At Twelve" Series (Page 16)
Jackson Fine Art
Carrie Mae Weems
Untitled (Man and mirror) (from Kitchen Table Series), 1990
Guggenheim Museum
Kehinde Wiley
After Memling's Portrait of Saint Benedict, 2013
Roberts & Tilton
The Master of the Antwerp Adoration
A triptych: The Adoration of the Magi
Christie's Old Masters
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Apollo and Diana, c.1526
The Royal Collection Trust
Agnolo Bronzino
Allegory with Venus and Cupid, Mid-1540s
National Gallery, London
Jeff Koons
Metallic Venus, 2010-2012


Whether you’re a student, teacher, art enthusiast, curator, or collector, Artsy offers a variety of additional ways to learn about art and design.

Our database

Images for learning and teaching

More than 26,000 high-resolution images of art and architecture from Artsy’s database are freely downloadable for educational use, including numerous iconic works from art history. We include a “Download Image” button beside these images on the site for convenient access.

Art History

Educational content and context

Our team of art historians are creating a growing resource of art historical posts that cover the lives, movement, works, and stories that make up the history of art. Paired with our database of high-resolution images, these posts are great tools to learn about art.


Artist biographies

Would you like to learn about an artist’s life and work? Artsy has published biographies for over 5,000 artists—both historically significant and contemporary—in an approachable style.

The Japanese Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Helly Nahmad Gallery’s booth at Frieze London, 2015. Photo by Benjamin Westoby for Artsy.
Go to Artsy’s Education page

Art News

Current art-world events & news posts

Keeping students and others informed and involved with current art-world happenings is an important part of our educational mission. Artsy's team of journalists provide editorial coverage of hundreds of major gallery and museum exhibitions, art fairs, and biennials around the world. Check the Artsy homepage daily for new posts, interviews, and editorial coverage and browse gallery and institutional pages for the latest exhibitions.