Countless art businesses are thinking outside the (white) box to promote and showcase contemporary art. There has been a great surge of online art market startups providing a vast array of services from online auctions, artwork sales, artist information through interviews as well as art market news. Paddle8, Artsy, Auctionata are among the many Western art market startups providing such services who are still growing strong.
Larry’s List decided to investigate in finding the top innovative art market startups in Asia, every art collector should know.
1. Artshare, Hong Kong
Artshare.com, launched in April 2013, is a premier online platform dedicated to Chinese contemporary art, focusing on selling unique works of art through curated exhibitions, and providing exclusive educational content to its audience through written and video interviews. Each online exhibition presents about 15 artworks, across mediums, selected by an influential curator and available for sale.
Artshare.com is composed of an Advisory Committee with leading figures in art, such as Adrian Cheng (K11 Art Foundation), Pearl Lam (Pearl Lam Galleries) and Sylvain Levy (DSL Collection).
2. The Artling, Singapore
The Artling is an online platform featuring a curated selection of Contemporary Art from Asia/South East Asia’s best galleries and artists. Through their invitation-only platform, they provide both galleries and artists the ability to present and showcase their artworks to a global audience. They are committed to sourcing quality artworks in the region and offer art enthusiasts and collectors a one-stop resource for those interested in discovering and acquiring contemporary Asian and South-East Asian art.
The Artling was founded in 2013 by Talenia Phua Gajardo.
3. ArtJeff WeChat Auction, China
ArtJeff We Chat Auction is an auction model based on social relations on the mobile application WeChat (the most popular Chinese messaging phone app), founded by Hu Hu in February 2014. Through the influence of the well-known We-media brand “ArtJeff”, Hu established ‘ArtJeff Day and Evening Sale’ WeChat auction group. The auction in the group-chat runs day and night, selling quality contemporary art works, including works from Chinese, Japanese and Western artists. Targeted towards those who have art trade needs in social media, it is an ideal communication tool for sending and receiving pictures as well as an excellent promotional channel for art provided by the WeChat’s Official Accounts and Moments function.
Contact: WeChat ID: 123228028
4. Art Cinnamon, India
Art Cinnamon is an online art venture co-founded by Anita Garg and Jyoti Ramesh with the objective to make art accessible and understandable to all by providing a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work. Focusing on South East Asian and Indian art, the website strives to bring affordable art from Masters to established artists, offering art from all mediums.
5. Art Loft, Singapore
Art Loft is an online art sales and rental site focusing on emerging contemporary artists from South East Asia selling works for under USD10,000. Co-founded by Michelle Chan, Alexandra Eu and Tian Qiuyan, the works are sourced primarily from the artists and galleries from Singapore, Myanmar, Japan and the Philippines. The website partners with the right businesses to showcase the works while also connecting “artists and collectors on global professional and personal levels.” Art Loft also provides an educational feature offering collectors in depth profiles of artists along with studio visit-style editorials.