Artnet might finally have some competition on their hands with artreview.com‘s new site now launched in beta. The magazine programmers are still working out a few of the bugs on this site, but barring a few glitches (I’m told the resolution of the project spaces will get much better) lets run down a few of the features that make us so excited about the online magazine.
Community functionality: Users can set up their own profiles, customize its appearance, and add friends. A youtube page allows members to upload relevant art videos, and the photo gallery facilitates the posting and tagging, rating and sharing of art. So far the gallery features a lot of crap, but this is the case with all community driven sites, and unlike Saatchi’s YourGallery, there are at least tools provided to sort through it. This kind of functionality will be incredibly useful for those searching the web for like minded artists and/or art as will Spotlight, a feature I’m told has yet to be launched, described by editor James Westcott as Digg for the art world.
Art Finder: This function promises to yield great results once the database becomes more robust, but even at present, typing in the name of any fairly established artist will yield a fair number of galleries representing their work. I expect we’ll see greater search depth, and more in the way of images as the site develops.