Top Online Art Galleries and Auction Houses

With the advent of online buying, the art
world—arguably, one of the world’s most elite clubs—is now accessible to anyone
with an Internet connection. Here’s our guide to the hottest sites for virtual
art shopping.

Art.sy: Functioning as a sort of “Pandora for art,” Art.sy
allows collectors to search online for fine artworks using a detailed set of
criteria, including art-historical movements, subject matter and formal
qualities. art.sy

Artspace: The curators at Artspace collaborate with high-end
museums, galleries and cultural institutions to provide contemporary artworks
for sale; represented artists include both blue-chip artists (like Cindy
Sherman and Chuck Close) and relative up-and-comers. artspace.com

Blacklots: An online-auction site featuring daily public offerings
of modern art, Blacklots uses the same sort of business model as fashion
flash-sale giant Gilt Groupe. blacklots.com

Paddle8: Each month, this online gallery features a different
exclusively curated exhibition (by art-world luminaries such as Marina
Abramovic and critic Vince Aletti). The site also allows private previews
online of major art shows; this month, it gave buyers a special preview of
works for sale at the Armory Show. paddle8.com

VIP Art Fair: This virtual art fair has digital “booths,” where works
from top international galleries are displayed. The roster of past exhibitors
includes the Gagosian Gallery and David Zwirner (both from New York), White
Cube (London) and i8 Gallery (Reykjavik). vipartfair.com

Artnet: Formerly a news site for art-world cognoscenti, Artnet
has branched out and now holds online auctions for a limited set of respected
modern-art galleries. artnet.com

ExhibitionA: An online gallery that sells exclusive editions of
contemporary artworks, for limited periods of time (usually only a week or
two). Represented artists have included Terence Koh and David LaChapelle. exhibitiona.com