Digital Gallery Surfing: Our Five Fave Artists from ArtSugar

Amy Winehouse (The Original), Louisa Powell


Despite soaring art prices and record sales of paintings from the likes of Basquiat and Modigliani, there are those amongst the cultural cognoscenti who argue that the old idea of the static, brick and mortar art gallery is genuinely ceding some if its influence to the digital world. We’re big fans of Loupe, for instance, the exciting digital streaming platform, which brings together artists from Bushwick to Brazil and beyond.

Another digital gallery with real heart and a well-thought-out mission is ArtSugar – founded by Alix Greenberg – which also sources work globally, but from artists who have such a command of Instagram as to be able to effectively promote themselves. This certainly represents a significant shift, as creative types have not generally been adept at such obvious self-promotion.


Sticky & Sweet, Jessica Stempel


The platform – also adept at using Instagram – brings together works across a wide-spectrum of artistic styles and ideology, with a strong sense of contemporary “Pop Art.” Excluded, of course, are more conceptual, installation type pieces – which often need to be viewed up close for greatest comprehension.

BlackBook spent some very entertaining time “window shopping” the virtual gallery, and chose these five works that we were most taken with – and that we also felt were a good representation of the ArtSugar cultural ethos.

Oh, and you can feel good about your purchase. 5% of the proceeds go to charities like the ASPCA, City Harvest and Planned Parenthood.


Shine Like a Bright Diamond, Anna Panchenko

The Devil Wears Chanel, Michael Turchin

Sentir No. 1, Clementine



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