The basic message so far - re "how do I get my art on there?" is that to be an artist on the site you need to be an artist with a gallery that got an invite. Think of it like an Art Fair online.
Obviously I'm going to write more about this when I understand it better - so here's the information available so far. It's been attracting a lot more attention from the techie side - and at the moment there's a bit of a deathly hush on the art journals side!
I'll add more good commentary as and when I find it.
- This is the Amazon Press Release
- Business Insider - Amazon is now selling Fine Art
- The Wall Street Journal reported the new move last month Amazon's Next Move: Fine Art
- Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times - Amazon Art launches with masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Monet
Art Magazines / Journals
- Artists & Illustrators (UK) - Art pays a visit to the Amazon
- The Art Newspaper - Amazon to launch virtual art gallery (June 2013)
Techie type sites
- Techcrunch - Amazon Launches Art Store, Putting Multi-Million Dollar Paintings In Your Virtual Shopping Cart
- Mashable - Amazon Debuts Online Store for Fine Art
- Gizmodo - Now You Can Buy Fine Art on Amazon
- The Register - Got a couple spare million? Grab an original Monet on Amazon
Key features of the new Amazon art store
There's an awful lot of features in www.amazon.com/art which will look very familiar to anybody who knows online art galleries well.
- it features paintings, drawings, mixed media works, photography and art prints - although an initial review revealed some interesting classifications (why have "chalk drawings" and "pastel drawings"?)
- the subject matter has an extensive classification
- various styles and periods including Pop art, Abstract art, Modern art, Contemporary art, and much more.
- as always with Amazon you get to buy by price range - and I can tell you there's an awful lot of art priced in excess of $1,000
- artists range from new through to famous. The 'names' - past and present - that I've spotted so far include Henry Moore, Bob Rohm, Linda Lucas Hardy, Margaret Evans, Harley Brown, Fred Wessell, and finally Angus McEwan Artist (http://www.angusmcewan.com) has because he prompted me to look!
...and here is his comment
This is a brand new venture, and I have to say it looks like a huge undertaking for everyone involved. A small number of galleries have been asked to supply artwork for sale through the Amazon website. Each gallery obviously decides which artists they would like to represent. Each artist puts forward work which is available and can be put aside indefinitely incase of sales. I was kindly asked by Thompson's Galleries to take part, which I was thrilled about. You then have to provide quite a lot of information pertaining to each work along with good images. There are images of the painting, the frame and a detail of your signature.- each gallery must obviously collate all that info for each piece and provide that to Amazon. The Thompson's Gallery then collected the work to make sure it could be shipped immediately. All in all the gallery has to take responsibility for making sure everything is professional as it will reflect badly on Amazon. I can see why they went down this route rather than contacting artists individually. They are dealing with less people and every artist has their own idea of how business should be conducted- and maybe it doesn't align with Amazons approach. Time will tell how successful this will be, but I'm willing to give it a try.