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)