Saatchi Online Gallery – private art collection
The Saatchi, London based gallery for contemporary art, runs an online gallery along side its physical space in Chelsea. The online gallery is run from Los Angeles and offers a diverse range of visual art (paintings, sculpture, photography etc.) from around the world. It is “redefining the experience of buying and selling art by making it easy, convenient and welcoming for both collectors and artists.”
The online gallery features “collections” that have been put together by curators affiliated with Saatchi Art, artists and art community fans.
Read more at: http://www.saatchiart.com/
The New Museum, based in New York, is a digital archive of the museum’s program since 1977. They offer a database of 4,000+ artists and 7,500+ written and visual records documenting the organisation’s activities and the database is continuously updated with its most current content. Apart from material with copyright restrictions, all primary and secondary material related to or part of previous exhibitions and artists is accessible online, highlighting the museum’s aim to promote engagement and easy access to the public.
Read more at: http://archive.newmuseum.org/index.php
INMG is a fairly new player within online curation. Founded in 2012, it is purely an online exhibition platform (no physical space in correspondence to the gallery) for contemporary moving image, photography and digital art. The Gallery has featured works of prominent artists such as Thomson & Craifhead and Ursula Biemann and publications written by writers such as Alan Ingram and Andrew Pendakis.
An interesting feature of the gallery is that it is a non-profit operated by a group of volunteers. They acknowledge that “exhibiting art online is part of an experiment into diversifying how visitors experience culture” and their main aims are to enable audience accessibility to quality contemporary artwork outside of the traditional museum space and to create an on-going conversation with the public. They also experiment with collective curating, a participatory project of user generated content and ideas, which aims to blur the role of artist, curator and audience.
Although there is no physical museum space, INMG organises talks, reading groups, screening etc. that happen both on and offline. Each exhibition has an online discussion space that enables a conversation between the visitor and curator because INMG values the voice of their audience and want to cultivate an on-going dialogue between the different parties involved in the exhibition.
Read more at: http://www.inmg.org/
ArtSocket – commercial online enterprise
ArtSocket is an online photography exhibit & poster store. They are a small Canadian company whose business model centres around selling posters of the photography they exhibit (eco-friendly ones!) It features work handpicked by independent photographers. They think the goal of curation is to create a spectacle - a work of art, composed of art. Meaning to create an experience for the visitors, compose a story, a theme or a feeling, not just a list of favorites.
Their past projects range from prestigious Russian ballet productions to classical animation shorts. Photography assignments at the edge of the world to sketches of strangers on busy streets of Shenyang. Experimenting with miles of film and exotic camera lenses to cutting-edge digital editing techniques.
Read more at: https://www.artsocket.com/
1. Is this just digital archiving, which cannot replace the live and physical gallery experience?
2. Is new media a form of curation? What's the difference between a website with images and videos, and an online exhibition?
3. How do you monetize digital content when people are so reluctant to pay for things online? And how do you keep your content shareable?
4. Should publicly funded galleries be made responsible for developing an online collection, to improve public access to their work?