A couple weeks ago I got a really nice e-mail in regard to a blog post I wrote last year about some public art I'd gone to see (and really enjoyed) including work by one of my favorite artists, Spencer Finch.
The e-mail came from a guy who works for a thing called Artsy which, it turns out, is an amazingly cool and really powerful website! As the e-mail explained:
We strive to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone online. Our Spencer Finch page, for example, provides visitors with Finch's bio, over 60 of his works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Finch exhibition listings. The page even includes related artist & category tags, plus suggested contemporary artists, allowing viewers to continue exploring art beyond our Finch page.
And it's true! E-mail guy wasn't lying!
I immediately looked up some other top-of-mind favorites: Sol Lewitt, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Yves Klein, Alexander Calder, Lucian Freud, Ernesto Neto . . . it's like getting to Skype with faraway friends you wish you got to visit more. And then, in looking up a favorite Grant Wood painting, I found Don Coen who's making work I kinda like and who I'd never heard of before. Then Joseph Cornell gave me Adam Nisenson! Cool, right?! And am I embarrassed that my list only contains ONE woman? I am! So I'm going to keep poking around Artsy with an eye to remedying that deficit. BAM!
And that's not even all you can do on Artsy, it's just all I've done so far.
Scrolling artists is a MUCH more gratifying way to loose half an hour (or more - oops!) than scrolling Facebook. Check it out. And leave me a comment about YOUR favorite artist(s) - especially if you've got a lady for me! xo