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Robin Good's insight:
If you are an art lover, you will be happy to know that there is a growing number of free curation tools designed specifically to help you find and discover as well as collect, organize and save your favorite artworks into online digital collections.
The latest one of these free art curation tools to hit my radar is Saatchi Online, which gives you the opportunity to discover community collections, created by registered users to curate their own favorite sets of artworks.
When you curate one of this art collections, you can focus on one specific artist or on a theme that brings together different ones.
Next to Saatchi Online, you can go to the Metropolitan of New York online, which also offers curatorial facilities, to Artsy, or to Kapsul and Pictify, two curation tools specifically focusing on art.
Robin Good: Art.sy is a fine art discovery and sharing platform based on the Art Genome Project, which allows anyone interested in learning and exploring works of art, authors and genres to do so by selecting a few initial references matching his taste and then browsing the ensuing universe of visual choices and related connections.
"Art.sy is a new way to discover art you'll love, featuring work from leading partners, museums, and private collections around the world."
You can search, browse and save, into a collection of your favorites art pieces, the authors or the themes you have chosen to follow.
It works like this: "In the same way you might customize your ShoeDazzle profile, you spend a few minutes choosing works of art you like. A personalized feed of art comes up. Or you can use filters like medium, color, size, price or very specific ones like Contemporary Vintage Photography."
The Art.sy "collection comprises 25,000+ artworks by 3,700+ artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artist estates."
"Powered by The Art Genome Project—an ongoing study of the characteristics that distinguish and connect works of art—Art.sy creates new pathways for discovering art through 800+ characteristics (we call them “genes”).
Users can discover works through connections between art-historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities, creating infinite serendipitous opportunities for discovery and learning."
Due to the above, Art.sy is also a great example of how art education can be effectively improved by providing an explorative platform rather than a didactical one, where the learner can discover his own path, rather than being forced throgh a "standardized" official one.
Chdck the New York Times review of Art.sy here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/arts/design/artsy-is-mapping-the-world-of-art-on-the-web.html
More info and FAQ: http://art.sy/learn_more
Home page: http://art.sy/
Only by invitation for now, but here is an invite to get immediately in: http://art.sy/wgth8s (works only for the first 15 users)
Robin Good: Saatchi Online is an online curated art gallery for emerging artists, providing both quality selections and the means for young artists to sell their own work easily.
The "100 CURATORS 100 DAYS", is a new, recent initiative (started in July) that recognizes 1,000 artists for their outstanding work.
Since July 18 2012, every day for 100 days Saatchi Online will reveal one curator’s selection of ten artists to be included in the largest exhibit of its kind. The curators have made their selections from over 60,000 artists that are currently exhibited on Saatchi Online. The entire list of curators for 100 CURATORS 100 DAYS can be viewed July 18 at www.saatchionline.com/100curators.
(More info on this initiative: http://www.saatchionline.com/press)
From the official site: "Saatchi Online is a platform that allows emerging artists to showcase and sell their work and gives art lovers insider access to new talent from around the world.
Launched in 2006 by London’s renowned Saatchi Gallery, Saatchi Online aims to continue the gallery’s legacy of promoting new, contemporary talent and bringing great art to a wide audience.
A place for first-time buyers and serious collectors alike, Saatchi Online brings new talent directly to our members through a curated environment."
"Our vision has always been to empower sustainable careers. We enable artists to sell their originals as well as make them available as prints while giving them access to an engaged global audience. Artists manage their own portfolios and price their own work letting both artists and collectors skip the formalities of the traditional gallery structure."
Why and How to sell art on Saatchi Online: http://www.saatchionline.com/upload/why
Tutorials and tips for artists selling their work: http://www.saatchionline.com/artschool
More info: http://www.saatchionline.com
Robin Good: Kapsul is a web-based platform for the collaborative creation and editing of contemporary art images, and other art-oriented, visual artworks.
Kapsul allows you to easily add any image, text, PDF, video or artist information to any Kapsul, either manually or via a dedicated bookmarklet.
From the official site: "Kapsul is a platform for collaboratively creating collections of images, videos, and texts online.
Kapsul aims to help contemporary art curators, artists, educators, and enthusiasts find, organize, and share elements of visual culture in collaborative units called Kapsuls.
Kapsuls can be used for planning exhibitions, organizing research, making presentations, or publishing soft exhibitions online.
Kapsul is a project of the Kadist Art Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco and Paris..."
Kapsul collections can be made "private" or "public". A special "share link" can be used to invite other people who you want to contribute to your collections.
Free to use.
More info: http://www.kapsul.org/
As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories.
Robin Good's insight:
"We live in an age of ubiquitous information, and sort of "just add water" expertise, but there's nothing that compares with the presentation of significant objects in a well-told narrative... what the curator does, the interpretation of a complex, esoteric subject, in a way that retains the integrity of the subject, that makes it -- unpacks it for a general audience."
"Pietro was suspicious of formal art training, art history training, because he feared that it filled people up with jargon, and then they just classified things rather than looking at them, and he wanted to remind us that all art was once contemporary, and he wanted us to use our eyes..."
Robin Good: The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York offers a unique free feature to its registered users, allowing them to capture and collect their favorite artworks from the online MET exhibitions and save them into dedicated collections which can be shared with anyone online.
How to use MyMet:
1. Click the gold "MyMet" tab located in the top right-hand corner of every page on the MET site and either sign in or register.
2. Browse the collections and add your favorite works of art by clicking the "Add to MyMet" button on each individual object page.
3. Click the gold "MyMet" tab located in the top right-hand corner to view recently saved items; select "View all your items & recommendations here" to return to your "MyMet" page.
4. Organize your selected items into different "sets", and add tags to any one of them,
6. Share your sets on Facebook or Twitter.
The service is free to use.
Examples of user curated sets: http://www.metmuseum.org/mymet/whats-your-met/featured
Video intro: http://www.metmuseum.org/mymet/
Sign-up here: https://www.metmuseum.org/mymet/sign-up
Robin Good: Pictify is a new web-based curation service which allows you to put together, publish and share, visual art collection of any kind.
This is a great tool for those in love with art, as much as for those who need to organize, present and promote artists' work.
At Pictify, most curated collections are built around paintings, sculptures, photography and drawings created by users who are passionate about a specific artist, genre or historical time.
But Pictify offers a tremendous opportunity to museums and art gallery owners, managers and curators, as it offers them an easy way to showcase their existing collections as well as upcoming ones.
From the official site: "As a gallery or museum you can feature your artists and the works in your collection on Pictify. You can show individual art works, preview an upcoming exhibition, and organise works in albums by artist or medium."
P.S.: Just like Kullect.com, Pictify is a specialized content curation service catering to a specific type of content and user interested in art. Much less generic than Pinterest, and much more focused on a specific area.
Expect more special-interest curation sites to emerge soon in other fields.
More info / Sign-up: http://pictify.com/