Amazon Launches Aggressive Expansion Into Fine Art Sales
Would you buy expensive fine art from Amazon? We will soon find out as Amazon.com, Inc. has announced the launch of Amazon Art a marketplace that gives customers direct access to more than 40,000 works of fine art from over 150 international galleries and dealers. At launch, Amazon Art is showcasing artworks from more than 4,500 artists. This will now go head to head with other online art retailers such as Artsy and Artspace.
Amazon Art will be one of the largest online collections of original and limited edition artwork for purchase directly from galleries and dealers. The new store features easy-to-use discovery tools to help open the art world to customers and offers detailed information about the works of art. Customers can explore fine art from galleries of all sizes, including Paddle8 in New York, Holden Luntz in Palm Beach, The McLoughlin Gallery in San Francisco, Modernbook in San Francisco and Catherine Person Gallery in Seattle and Degree Art in London.
“We are excited to bring one of the largest selections of fine art direct from galleries to our customers. Amazon Art gives galleries a way to bring their passion and expertise about the artists they represent to our millions of customers,” said Peter Faricy, vice president for the Amazon Marketplace. “We’re thrilled to bring the excitement and emotional connection of art to our customers.”
“Paddle8 Editions which sells works by internationally renowned artists to benefit the world's leading non-profits and cultural institutions. Through our new relationship with Amazon, we can dramatically expand our audience while simultaneously providing access to affordable, limited-edition works by some of the most significant artists working today,” said Osman Khan, COO and founding partner of Paddle8. “We’re excited to list our artwork on Amazon to make it more convenient for our existing clientele, and to help us reach new clientele.”
“We operate a wonderful fine art gallery, yet realize that the models for dealing in contemporary arts have evolved in this digital age and ecommerce is a channel to reach more clientele. We are excited about sharing our talented artists with Amazon's global customers and pleased to be part of the launch of the Amazon Art store,” said Holden Luntz, owner and founder of Holden Luntz Gallery. “Amazon is an innovative leader in exploring new creative ventures and connecting the world. They have consistently put the buyer first and built a reputation for integrity and high quality.”
Customers seeking access to high quality, gallery selection can now explore a wide variety of fine art on Amazon. The Amazon Art store demystifies the world of art and allows every customer the chance to enjoy a gallery experience. From Folk Art to Impressionism to Modern Art, Amazon Art features a broad selection to suit any customer, from the experienced collector to a first-time art buyer. Customers can browse unique works of art, including photographs from Clifford Ross starting at $200, popular fine art like Andy Warhol’s “Sachiko” for $45,000, historic artwork from Claude Monet including, “L'Enfant a la tasse, portrait de Jean Monet” for $1.45 million and works from iconic artists such as Norman Rockwell’s “Willie Gillis: Package from Home” for $4.85 million.
Amazon Art offers artworks from galleries of all sizes from across the US and includes galleries located in the UK, the Netherlands and Canada. The new Amazon Art store aims to connect fine art from prominent galleries directly to customers. With a broad range of price points, the store increases the accessibility of quality works of art enabling any customer to become a collector.
“Our passion is to make original art accessible to everyone. When we first heard the vision for Amazon Art, we knew immediately it was a great fit,” said Jodie and Joshua Steen, Founders of LusterNYC, located in Brooklyn, NY. “I think we’ll begin to see a whole new breed of art collector, and that’s good for everyone—the galleries, artists, and customers.”
Amazon Art provides customers with high quality images and detailed information about the artwork all in one place. Customers can learn about the work of art, the artist, the provenance and exhibition history and browse additional artworks from the artist or gallery. For example, artist Antoine Rose from Emmanuel Fremin Gallery provides a detailed description for customers interested in his aerial photography. The artwork is described as a “…panorama captured from helicopter in a bird's eye view. The miniature-like representation of Hamptons beach transforms the natural aerial landscape into abstract painting and inscribes Rose's work in a minimalist artistic approach.”
When customers shop on Amazon Art, they can narrow search results to meet their tastes by using filters such as subject, style, color, size, price and gallery, enabling them to find favorite artists and discover new ones.
“As a small New York gallery, I am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of Amazon Art. My gallery is committed to making original art accessible to all, especially new collectors. Amazon Art gives us an online platform with a breadth and depth unlike any we have had before,” said Lisa Cooper, Owner of Elisa Contemporary Art, located in New York. “We're thrilled to share our artists and their work with our current clients and help us connect with new ones.”
“We’re pleased to share our expertise in ecommerce with galleries and dealers looking to expand their reach,” said Faricy. “In working directly with galleries, we’ve heard their desire to connect with new customers and be able to share their artists and creativity with the world. We look forward to working with them to reach customers who previously would not have had access to their collections of art.”