What else does Artsy offer? Additional Features for You

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Aug 6, 2014 6:15PM

From editorial coverage of art world events to high-tech functionality, like “view in room,” discover the many features that Artsy has to offer.

Read About Current Art World Events

Though the ambitious may try, it’s impossible to visit every art world event. Fortunately, Artsy offers editorial coverage of major art events around the globe, from gallery and museum exhibitions, art fairs, and biennials to in-depth interviews with artists, curators and collectors. For example, when Artsy partner the Fondation Beyeler opened their anticipated 2013 exhibition “Maurizio Cattelan: Kaputt,” Artsy’s Editorial Director Marina Cashdan interviewed the show’s renowned curator, Francesco Bonami, offering—in addition to installation images—the curator’s own insights on the exhibition. Similarly, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened their “Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China,” exhibition in 2013, our Chief Curator Christine Kuan sat down with Maxwell K. Hearn, curator of Asian art, for an in depth discussion about the exhibition. 

Check Artsy’s homepage daily for editorial coverage, and browse gallery and institutional pages to discover the latest exhibitions.

Artist Biographies

Who is Marina Abramović, and why is she important? Our artist biographies, written in house by Artsy’s editorial team, offer a snapshot of an artist’s life and practice. After reading Abramović’s bio, you’ll learn about the seminal performance artist’s most important works and exhibitions—as well as the categories, like Body Art and Contemporary Conceptualism, that her work falls into. 

Artsy’s editorial team has published over 5,300 biographies, all written in an approachable style. Read about the life and work of Dutch Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, father of Minimalism Sol Lewitt, Chinese installation, performance, and video artist Xu Zhen, or one of contemporary art’s most beloved photographers Cindy Sherman—among many others.

Zoom and ‘View in Room’

Have you ever looked at an artwork online and tried to imagine it at home, on your own wall? One of the principal frustrations with viewing art online is scale—“just how big is it?one might ask. On Artsy, we offer “view in room” functionality. Just click on any 2D artwork to see how it looks in a room. 

Better yet, imagine that you’re in a room with the artwork, and can come as close to the work as you like. Artsy’s artworks are high resolution and feature exceptional zoom functionality to discover details you may never have noticed—even when viewing the work in person. For example, start with a work by Kwang Young Chun, an artist known for using a traditional Korean technique to create intricately detailed paper reliefs. Upon zooming in, you’ll be able to examine the tiny three-dimensional paper-wrapped pieces that make up the colorful, textured surfaces of his works.  For another example, take a look at Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid. When zooming into this work, you’ll notice the play of light on the right side of the model’s cheek, her thoughtful expression, and the tangible material quality of her kerchief and the milk jug she is holding.

A User-Friendly Art Dictionary

Have you ever been intimidated by an art term, confounded by a movement, or intrigued by an artist’s process or medium? With Artsy, trompe l’oeil is no longer so tricky, the YBA’s are all spelled out, and you may even be inspired to try out intaglio. Let Artsy be your art dictionary.

Access a vast array of art-related terms, called categories, which describe artists, artworks, mediums, art-making processes, and major movements from Antiquity to the present. The “Browse” page offers an introduction to these categories, and many entry points into Artsy’s extensive collection of artists and artworks. Categories are also be found on artist and artwork pages, via The Art Genome Project, and can be found through the search box. For example, take a look at the definition of the Minimalism, or discover Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; learn about the practice of lithography, or the technique of hyperrealism

Chronology of Art Terms

Artsy offers the unique opportunity to trace the evolution of art historical movements and art terms visually. On each category page you have the ability to sort artworks by year. Take Ceramic for example, where you can discover artworks from Ancient Greek amphora vases to the works of top contemporary artists working with ceramics like Danful Yang and Matthias Merkel Hess.

You can also put subject matter into perspective, and art historical context, by seeing how different artists across time periods have represented topics like the human figure or scenes of everyday life. Comparison between artists is also facilitated; see how found objects have been used by Dada master Marcel Duchamp and contemporary sculptor El Anatsui, who recycles and reconfigures metal bottle caps and cans to create sculptural tapestries.


Posts are insights, narratives, reflections, and reviews on artists, artworks, and exhibitions, created by the Artsy Editorial team, and contributed by an international art community including individual artists and curators, galleries, institutions, and art organizations. Click on the “Posts” tab on the top of any page to access fresh editorial content, produced on a daily basis. 

Each post is featured on relevant artist and artwork pages. For example, if you click on Theodore Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819), you can read a post that elucidates the iconic artwork; or if you go to the artist page for Charles Fréger, you’ll find multiple insights on the contemporary photographer’s vibrant practice.

Through content from our contributors, access art through the lens of creators, curators, and art professionals. Read the Brooklyn Museum’s posts for interviews with artists and coverage of their recent events and shows; or get the latest from High Line Art and their director and curator Cecilia Alemani. Online platforms like NOWNESS and Art Privée also offer engaging content to share aspects of the art world today, as do artists like Dustin Yellin and Sara VanDerBeek

Downloading Images on Artsy

Today, more than 26,000 images of art and architecture are downloadable on Artsy. If an image on Artsy has a “Download Image” button next to it, this means the image may be downloaded from the Artsy website and used independently for teaching, study, and other purposes. You can also find all downloadable images on our Downloadable Images categories page

Downloadable images on Artsy are images of artworks that we believe to be in the public domain (i.e. no longer under copyright), or images which have otherwise been made available for use from sources such as the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Wikimedia Commons, and other museums and Artsy partners.

In the “More Info” section for many artworks on Artsy, you will find detailed rights information along with links to the website of the image source. These other websites may provide additional information about the work as well as high-resolution or alternate versions of the images currently displayed on Artsy, and we encourage you to visit them.

If an image on Artsy is not displayed with a “Download Image” button next to it, this is because the image or artwork is still under copyright or otherwise rights-restricted and is available for viewing only within the Artsy website and mobile applications. For more information on downloadable images and how you can use content on Artsy, see our Terms of Use.

If your museum, institution, or foundation would like to share images on Artsy, please contact [email protected].

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