I just got a press release from theartmarket.ca, a newly launched website that bills itself as “a game changer”.
The idea, conceived by two friends, Merete Kristiansen and Kate Barron of Vancouver, is to provide “an innovative and comprehensive guide to the Canadian art world”, by hosting free profiles of artists, galleries and related events.I hope that they get things rolling soon.
With a name like The Art Market, they’ll really have their work cut out to feature what’s happening across the country. I know, because that’s pretty much what VoCA set out to do four years ago.
On the site you will find a searchable database, which will presumably soon be filled with, as they say, profiles for artists, arts organizations and their events. Their release may have been a little premature, though. I searched “installation” “conceptualism” for the years 2000-2010 and it came up with… nothing.
And then I searched “artist profiles” under ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’ and it came up with…nothing.
Then I searched “galleries” under “painting” from “$5,000-$9,999″ and got…nothing.
That said, it appears to be a well-meaning initiative. We can always use another online resource when it comes to contemporary Canadian art. Especially one from Vancouver.
Give it some time, then check out the site HERE.
Oh – Artists and galleries can also create a profile on theartmarket.ca and follow theartmarket.ca on Facebook and Twitter (@theartmarket_ca).