In what could be called an interesting move, popular online retailer Amazon has announced that they’re launching the “Amazon Art” marketplace effective immediately, bringing more than 40,000 artistic works from various dealers and art galleries to you with one click.
More than 4,500 artists’ works are in the collection, and featured are scores (almost 6,000 pieces at the time of this writing) of fine-art photographs from the likes of Melvin Sokolsky and even Andy Warhol (priced at a whopping $200,000).
Fine art photographs available include: C-Prints, R-Prints, Silver Gelatins, Toned Prints, and Archival Digital imagery.
“We are excited to bring one of the largest selections of fine art direct from galleries to our customers. Amazon Art gives galleries a way to bring their passion and expertise about the artists they represent to our millions of customers,” says Peter Faricy, Amazon Marketplace’s vice president. “We’re thrilled to bring the excitement and emotional connection of art to our customers.”
It’s a sensible partnership, when you think about it. Amazon is already known for stocking pretty much anything you need. Tripods, cameras, lenses. If you’ve got the money, why not buy photographs and other art as well (assuming that’s your thing)?
“We look forward to working with [dealers and galleries] to reach customers who previously would not have had access to their collections of art,” says Faricy.
It should be noted that this is an expanding section to Amazon’s marketplace. The retailer welcomes galleries to sell their art on Amazon, but is not, at this time, interested in selling works supplied directly from artists themselves.
You can browse the gallery here.