Best Art Directories in the World

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Art directories can be helpful for many reasons,  they can connect the many art groups, galleries, schools, museums and artists here in Australia or in the rest of the world. 

They can also provide comprehensive listings of different art related themes and subjects useful to an artists career or personal advancement.  

Please note that this collection of interesting references is not listed in any order of quality.  

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This page was last updated: March 14, 2016
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A thematic site designed to promote the exchange of traffic among similar types of online art organizations. All sites are categorised into themes including contemporary, landscape, wildlife, sculpture, figurative & nude, printmaking, galleries, resources and those sites that just don't fit elsewhere.
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The site is what it says: an Art Directory for artists (and their artworks & bio), galleries, associations, organisations, governments, institutes, societies, framers, publications, suppliers etc. The sites varying functionalities and facilities will continue is said to grow as does the public's interest.. 
Probably one of the most comprehensive website of this type and receives in excess of 40,000,000 visitors a year It lists everything on virtuallyu all art forms.
Art-Search Link
Probably the largest online tool to help finding Australian Aboriginal art, artists, art centres, galleries, online stores and wholesalers worldwide. 
artsConnect promotes Australian artists of all media on the internet - from filmmakers, painters, poets, musicians, actors, sculptors, designers, fire artists, fashion designers, graffiti artists, jewellery designers, performing artists, writers etc. . is a showcase for Australian art online and a comprehensive directory of commerical galleries in Australia and the Pacific. Providing pathways to reliable service providers and a range of other useful resources. Access is free, listing per yearly fee. All art displayed is available for sale, drawn from current exhibitions of its members.
Aboriginal Art Directory Link
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Art Net Au Link
The world's artist Internet source for accomplished artists worldwide with access a full range of support, representation and exhibition services.
Well designed and easy to read directory with listings of businesses & organisations that provide support, resources, education and inspiration for the visual artist . 
Access to the most comprehensive arts market databases: 450,000 artists through a microscope, 27 million detailed auction results, price levels and indices back to 1987, 108 million images from the 3,600 partner auction houses with upcoming auction information.
The online resource for UK contemporary artwork listing: artist profiles /curator profiles /artist of the month /curated selections /MAstars /open frequency and webzine. 
This portal is a comprehensive directory and searchable database of resources on the Web covering artists, animation,  galleries and museums, architecture guides, crafts, photography, digital art, etc..
A designed to be a one-stop destination for anything  that is about or related to Art. Their editorial team makes great effort to evaluate the existence and accuracy of each web site.
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ArtPrize Link
Axis Directory Link
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Directory website designed to give all artists the opportunity to publicize themselves, display examples of their work and facilitate contact with anyone interested in art and the arts community. Each artist's listing is linked directly to their own website or the site of their representative agent or gallery.
Selected art related links. All links are manually reviewed by a webmaster and added to the appropiate category. This art directory is very well structured into art related categories including: art galleries, artists-painters, sculptors but also gifts, home decor and other art related websites.
Art and design resource listings with links to specialist art directories. Site also includes comprehensive list of sites related to photography.
A human edited guide to relevant information on the Web,  designed to bring together those who love art with those who create it and to provide an affordable means for artworkers to promote themselves. 
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GAllery Today Link
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Explore thousands of online exhibitions, image collections, museums, and related resources arranged by theme, medium, movement, region and more. Free resources to manage and advance your career. Learn how to create and promote a website, get legal assistance, do your taxes, find health insurance, and more. 
Comprehensive art directory specialised exlusively on art nouveau and its many resources. 
There are over 500,000 art museums, galleries, art groups, and art schools across the US and Canada and tens of millions of people who enjoy viewing or creating art. ArtChain is about to connect them. Free listings for art groups, and searches to help individuals find artists, art groups, and art resources. ArtChain is an advertiser-supported website. 
A free and independent directory of contemporary and historical ceramics providing links to ceramic artists, manufacturers, historical sites, marks, museums and more. All entries are listed in alphabetical order with a brief description and the site language is included in the listing. 
Art Promote Link
Senses Link
Art Chain Link
International Ceramics Directory Link
Australian Art Competitions Directory. For visual artists including fine artists, photographers, textile artists, film-makers, sculptors, animators, designers, metal & wood workers, aboriginal artists etc.
Australian Art Prizes Link
An art resource and portfolio directoy, easy to read and although having a little ranking at present, believe it to have potential to go further with time.
Claims to be the largest directory of artist listings and art related sites, which we cannot confirm. Also some links seem not to work properly for quite some time now. Yet we still believe it to be worth mentioning. 
Worldwide hub of the best artists on the internet today. Since inclusion in "TIME" best sites for 2007 Wotartist has to-date created several million unique click-throughs to artists' websites, many artists signed up to agents and thousands of artists' images exposed to the art inquisitive public. Highly recommended site.
Good well grounded website with free or paid option to list artworks. 
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DID YOU             KNOW... 

The Statue of Liberty is the largest hammered copper statue in the world.

The artist Edgar Degas was so fascinated with ballet dancers that he representing them in his art with an estimated  1500 paintings, pastels, prints and drawings of dancers.

During the Renaissance and particularly in 1500s artistic painting was not considered a suitable occupation for a gentleman.   Since painting involved working with hands, artists were considered craftsmen and were given the same social standing as tailors or shoemakers.  

When Auguste Rodin exhibited his first important work, The Bronze Period, in 1878 it was so realistic that people thought he had sacrificed a live model inside the cast.

Reputable galleries offer the same prices as their artists offer directly.

The first colour photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell, photographing a tartan ribbon.

Most artists are left handed.

The Louvre was originally constructed as the fortress of Philippe Auguste in 1190.

Le Rêve (The Dream) by Pablo Picasso (1932) was owned by casino magnate Steve Wynn. In 2006 he agreed to sell the painting for $139 million, but accidentally put his elbow through the canvas the day before the sale was to be completed!

Art has surpassed the stock market in appreciation over the past twenty years.

Vincent van Gogh, the world’s most valued painter, sold only one painting in his entire life – to his brother who owned an art gallery, titled “Red Vineyard at Arles.”.

When Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1912, 6 replicas were sold as the original, in the 3 years before the original was recovered.

The largest horse statue in the world, the Zizkov Monument in Prague, stands 9 metres (30 ft) tall.

Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French journalist suffering from “locked-in” syndrome, wrote the book “The Driving Bell and the Butterfly” by blinking his left eyelid – the only part of his body that could move. 

The largest statue in the world is Mount Rushmore, the heads of four US Presidents carved into the Black Hills near Keystone being 18 m (60 ft) tall. 

- that an 18th century London literary club was called Kit-Cat Club. 

That even though it is never featured on any best-selling list, the Bible still is the world’s best selling book.

Sumerians invented writing in the 4th century BC. 

The first illustrated book for children was published in Germany in 1658. 

In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 2 months in the Museum of Modern Art, New York – none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed. or of course didn't say anything. 

The word 'cartoon' originally came from painting terminology and relates to a preliminary, but fully worked, sketch from which the outlines could be transferred to be the basis of a design for a fresco or painting. 

Picasso could draw before he could walk and his first word was the Spanish word for pencil.

The world’s longest nonfiction work is The Yongle Dadian, a 10,000-volume encyclopaedia produced by 5,000 scholars during the Ming Dynasty in China 500 years ago.

The word “novel” originally derived from the Latin novus, meaning “new”.

Patented in 1809, the first metallic writing pen replaced the quill. By 1830, the fountain pen was introduced and by the 1880s, the Waterman and Parker companies went to market with their new pens. Today, the Parker Lucky Curve #41 model from 1905 can bring as much as 5,000 dollars from dedicated collectors.

That John James Audubon painted 435 watercolours of birds in his life time.

One of the truly brilliant sites, offering different kinds of data including price information on 2,407,386 pieces of art sold over the last couple of years. Moreover, the database currently contains 154,624 signatures and 1,261,540 photos of artwork. The database is constantly updated.
Art Glass World is claimed to be one of the world’s best resource for information on stained glass, glass fusing and glass art. Comprehensive listing of free stained glass patterns, online art galleries, stained glass classes or supply store's. link
Art Bridge Link
art glass world link is a brilliant information resource for emerging and professional contemporary art, providing directory services for internationally focused artists and galleries. link
Recommended Art Directory and Resource of Online Artist Galleries. Clean and easy to use. 
GAllery Art Directory Link is one of the longest established art directories on the Internet, they were first established back in 1999 and since then have grown to hold many thousands of free art listings. is the first place artists of all kinds come to list their art sites for FREE, its also claimed to be one of the first places buyer come to find interesting new art sites. Link
Discover over 170,000 works of contemporary art. Search by medium, subject matter, price and theme... research over 200,000 works by over 22,000 masters in the indepth art history section. Browse through new Art Blogs. New advanced artwork search interface. Keep track of contemporary art with a free MYabsolutearts account.
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Very comprehensive art directory listing of a huge amount of different subject related website links. 
Art Atlas Net link
Art Industri is definately one of the largest art portal existing. The amount of information is pretty much endless. You can create your own gallery, there is art advice, movements, web services and loads of resources. 
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Art portal, where groups and individuals committed to arts can present their talents and capabilities, find business partners and discover benefits of enhanced global exposure! link
Extensive listing of art movements, artists and styles. 9,000 artists listed. 2,900 art sites indexed. A total of 160,000 links.
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This is Art Link
A great new online gallery with information for artists, teachers, students with tutorials, news, games and opportunities.  

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