Lifestyle

Best Sites for Art Lovers

The most interesting and inspiring sites out there for anyone with an eye for art...

This week we’re more than a little honoured to gain an insight into the online haunts of Mark Cass, the eponymous founder of Cass Art, and in light of this it’s time to delve into another slew of art sites for the discerning – with (drumroll) a special focus on cultural institutions. Those that have a decidedly artistic approach to representing themselves online, have made it onto the nine fold list.
 
CASS SCULPTURE FOUNDATION
www.sculpture.org.uk


This domain deserves its just dues for commissioning over 400 contemporary sculptures over the last twenty years. The charitable foundation established in 1992 by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass, should be high on the bookmark list for its striking visuals of truly great works of art, not to mention detailed biographies of the artists in question.

ARTUNER
www.artuner.com


This site is one of our favourites at The GWG and for good reason, this self proclaimed ‘avenue for new and experienced collectors to view and buy art’ is all about the innovative, offering up all manner of visual experiences to give you a fly on the wall view of quality works. For those yearning to learn it’s a godsend.
 
CURATE
www.curateaward.org/


If you believe you have what it takes to curate an exhibition, why not enter Curate, a unique award launched by Fondazione Prada and the Qatar Museums Authority in its global search for curatorial talent. A world-renowned jury will judge ideas on their creativity and social importance, rewarding those with a contemporary and culturally relevant point of view. They will be looking for an exemplary exhibition that is both far-sighted and critical of the future. The jury will select twenty finalists from which the overall winner will be decided. To enter, upload a video and a one page document explaining your concept. Entries must be received by 31 Dec 2013.

ART FINDER
www.artfinder.com


Are you looking for a unique art work that no one else can lay claim to? Something that can only be sourced via independent artists and galleries? Then look no further, listing works from 48 countries, all the works listed are guaranteed to be original or limited edition - a better investment than those pair of boots you just saw on Asos, quite frankly.
 
MONET
www.monet2010.com


Now there are slick websites and then there are seriously creative moving image websites with music, cue the smooth operation that is the Monet website. It’s beautifully laid out, the music is nothing if not soporific and it’s full of interesting trivia about the man himself - almost as good as going to a gallery in fact.
 
V&A
www.vam.ac.uk


Another museum that just has to be commended for its online offering is the V&A. It is quite literally a treasure trove of information on current and future exhibitions, but it’s the extra resources where it really excels. Take a look at the V&A channel, a series of incredible videos that offer a unique insight into the goings on at one of London’s most important museums.
 
HORNIMAN MUSEUM
www.horniman.ac.uk


Oh how we love the Horniman Museum, just one of the most charming we’ve set foot in. And whilst the site may not be quite as high concept as some of the others listed, there’s much to enjoy – such as insights into the vast collections of anthropology, musical instruments and natural history – and videos aplenty. If you can’t make it for a visit – start by delving into this richly detailed site.
 
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY
www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk


Another bastion of the art world, Dulwich Picture Gallery, certainly hasn’t neglected its online presence with a seriously polished site that offers up all manner of interesting trivia on the gallery itself, but it’s once again the video that’s king, with (amongst others) a fascinating introduction to Whistler from curator Margaret F Macdonald in aid of the forthcoming show, An American in London: Whistler and The Thames.
 
EUROPEANA
www.europeana.eu


This multilingual digitised portal to an incredible wealth of works is just what you need if you’re looking for information on individual collections and exhibitions, events and competitions – the devil’s in the detail, and there's a wealth of it to peruse.
 
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
www.iwm.org.uk


And last but certainly not least, whilst not strictly an art gallery per se, this incredible historical archive certainly deserves a mention in light of Remembrance Sunday. It’s a fitting reminder of all the privileges we take for granted – lest we should ever forget.

November 2013