5 Art Websites that Will Inspire You

Indulge your inner artist

Apr 16, 2013

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Art has the power to make us think outside the box, ask questions, fascinate and inspire curiosity. Whether the medium is through paint, photography or design, art is something that surrounds us every day and is objective in taste. We have compiled a list of  five websites that will dazzle your eyes, challenge your mind and expose you to many different lenses of artistic endeavors. This list is just the tip of the iceberg, so please feel free to tell us about any art websites that you recommend.

1. ARTINFO

WHAT An online publication with up to the minute news about art and culture,
featuring reviews and events.
IN DETAIL ARTINFO.com is a creation of Louise Blouin Media and has a variety of
sections ranging from performing arts and fashion to lifestyle and visual arts.
UNIQUE For all the art connoisseurs out there, the site offers an index of sold
paintings searchable by artist name, giving insight into the value of an artist at a given
time and their marketing trend.

2. DEVIANTART

WHAT An online social network for artists and art lovers alike that serves as a platform
to exhibit, promote and share work.
IN DETAIL Art is searchable by style (digital, cartoons, traditional etc) or most popular
according to when it is uploaded. Art enthusiasts can leave comments and even rate
how the art made them feel, with emotions ranging from love to neutral. The site is a
great outlet for artists to connect and expose their work.
UNIQUE Art is purchasable on deviantART and provides emerging artists with a way to
share their creations with others. Dubbing themselves as the largest online art
community, deviantART has multitude of groups from all over the world – including
Antarctica!

3. JUXTAPOZ

WHAT An online magazine that covers innovative contemporary artists, and showcases
inventive and daring art that is off the beaten path.
IN DETAIL Juxtapoz is bursting with unconventional creativity and features cool
sections from street art and illustration  to animation and music. The site has a gallery
searchable by artist and topic in which all the pieces featured on Juxtapoz can be
viewed.  
UNIQUE Juxtapoz is translated into Spanish, offering Spanish speaking readers all the
joy that the website has to offer. The site also has a store selling subscriptions of the
print magazine as well as cool accessories and apparel.

4. VIRTUAL COLLECTION OF MASTERPIECES (VCM)

WHAT A project of ASEMUS - the Asia Europe Museum Network that uses
masterpieces to promote mutual understanding and appreciation between Asia and
Europe.
IN DETAIL The site offers many different definitions about what makes a masterpiece, features stories behind the masterpieces and has a section with videos of highly trained
curators sharing their professional opinions on art.  
UNIQUE More than one hundred museums from around the world have taken part in
VCM, contributing a selection of 25 masterpieces from their own collections. If you want
a quick culture fix, VCM has a special feature called Masterpiece of the Day which
highlights a chosen piece of work, providing background information from its
acquisition to historical context.  

5. PEANUT BUTTER THOUGHTS

WHAT An online magazine that showcases photography, motion and design.
IN DETAIL New content is featured daily highlighting both acclaimed industry
professionals and talented newcomers. The site contains articles, interviews, reviews
and feature items that all explore the expansive world of creativity.
UNIQUE Feel Good Fridays are hand picked videos that are both stunning and on the
outskirts of the mainstream. Each selected video comes with a detailed explanation and if you’re lucky, an interview with the creators.