I think we can all collectively agree that white walls are boring. By the same token, we also believe that blank-page syndrome applies to walls as much as they do to our freshly opened new Word Doc. Just as we often fire up a blank document with an idea in mind only to become paralyzed by writer's block, it's easy to stare at a wall and become overwhelmed by the task of picking the perfect piece to fill it: How big should it be? What style of art do I like? Where do I begin looking for pieces?
While we can't exactly walk into your home and pick your art for you, we can at least attempt to answer the latter question by sharing our favorite destinations for buying art online. These websites not only have an expert taste and killer style but also make it their mission to demystify the process of buying art—from museum-quality framing to free advice from expert curators. Ready to give your blank walls a new personality? Become your own art curator with these online art marketplaces.
In 1986, Andy Warhol partnered with Absolut vodka to kick off over 600 artist collaborations with names from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Damien Hirst. Today, Absolut Art helps connect emerging artists with consumers, offering a curated selection of artwork from around the world, all shipped within 48 hours.
Exhibition A releases exclusive limited-edition artwork weekly, so you always have something new to look at. Founded in 2010 by fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and gallery owner Bill Powers, the website collaborates with top contemporary artists to create signed work at a fraction of gallery prices.
Twyla believes that buying art shouldn't feel intimidating; its mission is to make purchasing pieces you'll love as easy as possible. The website collaborates with contemporary artists to create limited-edition art mounted to the highest level of museum-quality framing, all in an effort to make art buying more accessible.
Uprise Art describes itself as a gallery for the next generation of art collectors. Its service includes free art advice, so you can speak to an expert and confidently buy art you love.
Tappan Collective is a dedicated platform for exceptional emerging artists to sell their work. Talk to one of the site's advisers or browse its collections and you'll find eye-catching, interesting art that's also really affordable.
Subject NYC's expert team and art advisors make it their mission to make each of their clients a confident art buyer. Sourcing from an expertly curated selection of emerging contemporary artists, they guide buyers—beginner and expert alike—through the process of building their art collection.
Not to be confused with the iconic Saatchi Gallery in London, Los Angeles–based online shop Saatchi Art offers an unparalleled art selection in a wide range of styles and prices. Its catalog is impressively large, which means there truly is something for everyone.
Stemming from Canada, Citizen Atelier offers open-edition and limited-edition contemporary photography from artists around the world at attractive price points.