With the rise of the Internet, we can now be quickly exposed to art from halfway around the world. Contemporary art is popping up everywhere and we don’t have to visit our local museum or gallery to find it. To discover the most groundbreaking, jaw-dropping work, however, we still look towards online curators who we feel understand our taste and style. Today, we present to you ten of these sites who’s mission it is to organize, present and share the most exciting work from today’s creative community.
1. My Modern Met
My Modern Met busted out into the art scene back in May of 2008 and since then they’ve been seen by over 27 million unique visitors. Though their focus is on art, design and photography, this website celebrates all things creative. Look to My Modern Met to not only discover new creative talent but to also get to know the people behind the work with their in-depth, one-on-one interviews. They’re also known for their on the ground event coverage of such important art events as PULSE LA and Art in the Street at the MOCA.
Launched in the summer of 2010 by Christopher Jobson, Colossal has quickly captured the attention of art and design lovers around the world. How? Jobson is “obsessed” with finding emerging artists and projects that have gotten little coverage, those who create work that is not only inspiring and accessible, but that leaves people with a sense of wonderment. Quite simply, Colossal is a blog that explores the intersection of art, design and physical craft. Come to this site to see everything from unbelievable sculptures to mind-melting paintings.
Based in New York City, Behance was started by Scott Belsky to showcase and discover creative work. Hundreds of thousands of creative professionals use Behance to display their online portfolios, making it a virtual treasure trove of new and exciting projects. Organized in a highly neat manner, one can quickly browse through this site by creative field, time, most viewed, most discussed or most appreciated.
4. Artist a Day
If you have a tendency to gravitate towards fine art, check out Artist a Day. Created to raise awareness of fine art globally, this site is highly selective about which artists they showcase, featuring only one or two per day. With a membership base of over a million people, Artist a Day has a robust comments section where members voice their personal opinion. Members also have the ability to rank each artist on a 1-5 scale. If you enjoy discovering artists in small bites, this site is a great way to slowly dip your toe into the pool without getting too wet.
Though started back in 1994 as a magazine that was focused on underground art, Juxtapoz expanded its coverage in the early 2000s to include a wide range of contemporary art, giving a voice and platform for those who they believe “deserve crucial attention.” Calling this type of art “unpretentious” and “raw,” Juxtapoz celebrates the artists who aren’t afraid to push the creative envelope in an unconventional and innovative way. The online version of the monthly magazine is constantly updated with stories on new and exciting artists including sculptors, street artists, illustrators and more. Come here to find everything from interviews and studio visits to groundbreaking news.