Thanks to the Internet, the way we examine, understand and acquire art is rapidly evolving. Case in point: last January's acclaimed VIP Art Fair, the first-ever online art fair, which showcased over seven million works in one place.
The latest contender in the online art-sales arena, Paddle8, is a members-only site that functions as both gallery and fair. It stages monthly exhibitions--each curated by a different influential figure in the art world--and hosts virtual storefronts for galleries from all over the world. The "8" in "Paddle8" represents eight diverse art-world insiders--including Anne Pasternak and Cynthia Rowley--who comment on their favorite works from each exhibition.
Co-founded by Alexander Gilkes, a former auctioneer for Phillips de Pury, the site offers in-depth editorial content and a streamlined structure for negotiating and purchasing (customers can communicate directly with the galleries prior to buying a piece).
The first exhibition, Saturation, is a dynamic series of photographs, sculptures and paintings based on intense colors (check out David Benjamin Sherry's vivid Lament for Atlantis). Catch the second exhibition, Wit, curated by art world insider Glenn O'Brien, on June 22.