Fine Art: Learn, Look, and Buy
The list of topics in fine art is as long as the line to see the Mona Lisa. And while at the Louvre you have no choice but to wait, on the Web, you can explore at your own pace, whether you're a beginner or an expert. If you want to learn about art and its history, explore online museums, research galleries, read art magazines, or buy and sell artwork, the Internet has all the resources you need.
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Visiting galleries is a great way to get exposure to artwork that you won't see in a museum. Galleries often feature newer artists, so following current shows keeps your perspective fresh and heightens your awareness of trends in the art market. Or if you're a serious collector, a broad knowledge of galleries can enhance your expertise and increase your chances of finding the pieces you desire.
- The sites featured in this section will help you locate a gallery that you intend to visit physically. For online purchases, check out the "Buy and Sell Art Online" section of this guide.
- Also check the Art Magazines and News section to see information about gallery activity. Often a publication will feature a gallery, exhibition, or artist whose popularity is ascending.
's "Art Traveler" feature allows you to enter the city you're visiting and find all museums, galleries, and exhibitions in the area. It will also search its artwork database for paintings similar to the ones you'll see. Or click on a gallery in your selected area and view a sample of its paintings.
The Saatchi Gallery
, mentioned earlier in this guide for its comprehensive list of worldwide museums, has a similar list for galleries. You can search for galleries by name or select a featured gallery from the ones in rotation on the homepage. The site also allows dealers to create accounts and pages for their galleries.
is a resource for international galleries, artists, and art events. You can visit the homepage to see what's being featured or search through alphabetized lists of galleries and artists. You can also read news in "The Mag"
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