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On my to-do lists this week I've got to repaint, redecorate, and frame tons of things in my apartment and all this DIY-ing has gotten me into an artsy state of mind. I've always been interested in art history, and anyone can tell you I spend way too long at museums, but recently I've been feeling a little distant from my art studies. Classes are hard to take with a 9-5 job, visiting museums can get pricey (unless you're in DC! FREE for the win!), and I've been looking for a way to research and learn more. What's usually a good first step to trying to learn something for free? The internet, of course.
Recently I've found two sites that have helped me delve a little deeper into my art obsessions, some serious and others not-so-serious...
The first is Artsy, an online source where you can "discover, research, learn about, and buy art" from artists, art movements, and shows spanning a vast timeline. In one click you can find out that you'll probably never be able to own a Rothko (currently the ones I'm lusting after are going for a cool $3.5 million), but that maybe, one day you could save up to purchase some pretty reasonable art in their under $1000 section. Even more valuable than the ability to purchase all of this amazing art is the ability to learn about it. They have a browse button where you can learn about different art movements and within their artist profiles you can find information on the artists, a listing of their work, shows that are featuring them right now, and related artists. The most handy space on the site for learning more about the art world is found in their Education section. Browse museum collections, art shows, and read articles about the art world of the past present, and future. And there you go! Suddenly you're learning about contemporary figurative painting on your morning commute.