Announcing our exclusive online partnership with Design Miami/ Basel 2013
Sky Dayton (EarthLink Founder) is Joining Artsy as an Active Board Director
We’re excited to announce that Sky Dayton will be coming on as one of our board directors and investors. He will be focusing primarily on our high-level strategy, marketing, business development, fundraising, and strategic partnerships.
Sky’s interest in art runs deep—his father is a sculptor and his mom is a poet. In 1994 Sky founded EarthLink, one of the earliest and most successful internet companies, and since then he has been involved with an incredible range of tech companies as founder, co-founder, investor, and advisor. Read below for the full press release. Welcome, Sky!
[Full Press Release] New York, NY, February 25, 2013 — Artsy announced today that Sky Dayton, Founder of EarthLink and one of the world’s most successful Internet entrepreneurs, has joined Artsy as a highly active Board Director, alongside Wendi Deng Murdoch and Artsy CEO, Carter Cleveland (who will maintain board control). Dayton will focus primarily on Artsy’s high level strategy, marketing, business development, fundraising, and strategic partnerships.
Sky founded EarthLink in 1994 at the age of 22 and built the company into the world’s largest independent ISP when it went for its Initial Public Offering in 1997. Dayton cut the deal with Steve Jobs that made EarthLink the default ISP for all Apple products and ultimately oversaw Earthlink’s growth to over 5 million customers and more than $1 billion in revenue. Including EarthLink, Dayton has founded, co-founded, and helped build several tech companies that have gone public or been sold for almost $3 billion in aggregate market value.
Harper’s Bazaar has a nice write-up of Dasha’s Design Picks, a curated collection of 20 design objects available for purchase under $10k.
“If you’re a devoted collector of design, you seek out objects you can love to live with but also live in. I chose a selection of works that encompass elements of both sophistication and comfort.” —Dasha Zhukova
Read the rest here and the browse the selection.
Art.sy moves to http://artsy.net [Press Release]
New York, NY, January 4, 2013—Today we’re announcing the move of our platform permanently to http://artsy.net, where users can continue to access our database of 21,000+ artworks from over 4,500 leading artists. In connection with this change, we are simplifying our company name to Artsy. The move comes following an outage with our art.sy domain, which was down for a period of 36 hours this week due to an issue with DNS servers in Syria. In order to avoid future potential outages, Artsy will remain permanently at http://artsy.net.
We first registered the art.sy domain in 2009, and chose the name Art.sy because it is the shortest spellable English language domain that begins with the word “art.” In April of 2011, we renewed the contract for another two years, extending our registration through the end of 2013. Subsequently, as the conflict in Syria escalated, we realized it might not be possible to renew the domain again due to U.S. sanctions. We also did not want a domain that could be construed in any way as supporting the Syrian government. As such, we purchased the artsy.net domain in 2012 in preparation for a transition later in 2013.
Although as of early yesterday morning, we were fully back up and running on our old domain, given this unprecedented disruption to our service, we decided to accelerate the transition, and all of our services are now fully accessible on http://artsy.net.
We are thankful for an incredible 2012 and excited to continue our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. While we had hoped to give more notice of this domain change to our users and partners, we look forward to beginning the new year at http://artsy.net.
Art.sy’s online preview of Design Miami/ launches today [Press release]
New York, NY, November 28, 2012—Art.sy’s partnership with Design Miami/ marks the first time that the world’s leading design fair has partnered with an online platform, and will launch collectible design on Art.sy. Art.sy is thrilled to announce 100% participation rate by the fair’s exhibiting galleries, including leading modern and contemporary galleries such as Galerie Patrick Seguin, Galleria Rossella Colombari, Didier Ltd, R 20th Century Gallery, Gallery SEOMI, and Galerie kreo. These exhibitors will preview 400+ design works from 150+ designers, including Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Gio Ponti, Louise Nevelson, Wendell Castle, Hun Chung Lee, and Pierre Charpin.
Serving as the exclusive online platform for the Design Miami/ fair, which runs from December 5 - 9, 2012, Art.sy will reach a diverse global audience, opening up the Design Miami/ experience to over 100,000 registered Art.sy users and 250,000+ monthly visitors.
In connection with this partnership, Art.sy unveils a series of tailored digital initiatives. During Design Miami/, for the first time, Art.sy users will be able to purchase select works for sale directly on the site using Art.sy’s new payment processing system.
Featured gene: Silkscreen/Screenprint
Dating from Song Dynasty China and emerging from a long tradition of commercial use, this week’s featured gene is Silkscreen/Screenprint. Screenprinting is a printmaking technique in which an ink-blocking stencil is applied to a screen, allowing ink that is wiped across the screen to selectively pass through to a printing surface. Before the development of synthetic materials, silk was used for the screen, giving this process the name silkscreen.
Pop artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein are largely credited with using the technique for “fine art” purposes, and their tradition is carried on today by artists as diverse as Banksy, Trey Speegle, and Harland Miller.
“I stand at a distance, like a person who comes from another world.” —Andreas Gursky
This week’s featured gene is Topographic Photography.
Art.sy Films & Tate Modern present two new films—Daido Moriyama (pictured above) and William Klein—in conjunction with the new Tate exhibition.
Watch them here and here.
Art.sy Announces Exclusive Partnerships with The Armory Show and Design Miami/ [Press Release]
New York, NY, October 8, 2012—Art.sy, which launched its website to the public today, is pleased to announce that it will serve as the exclusive online platform for Design Miami/, December 5–9, 2012 and The Armory Show, March 7–10, 2013. Offering a unique online user experience to complement the two leading contemporary art and design fairs, Art.sy will reach diverse global audiences through a series of tailored digital initiatives.
Art.sy’s COO, Sebastian Cwilich:
We are honored to partner with the largest art fair in New York, and look forward to leveraging Art.sy’s engineering, design, and curatorial talent to create the most engaging online fair experience to date. Cwilich continued, we are also excited to partner with the leading design fair to extend the Art.sy platform to include collectible design.
Art.sy launches to the public in partnership with SFMOMA, Fondation Beyeler, The British Museum, and 50 other leading institutions
New York, NY, October 8, 2012—Art.sy launched its website to the public today in partnership with over 50 leading art museums, artist estates and other nonprofit institutions, as well as 275+ leading contemporary, modern, and historical art galleries.
Art.sy, whose mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, is a free platform where users can discover, learn about, or collect art. The site now includes more than 20,000 works of art from leading art galleries, museums, foundations, photo archives, and private collections.