Saturday, June 6, 2015

Meet 'The Cultivist,' the Art world’s new members-only club

By M. H. Miller

It’s not fair to call the entire art world a private club, but “clubby” is at least an accurate description of it, so much so that a sub-economy has sprung up in the last five years in order to provide outsiders with “access” to this apparently mysterious underworld. To this argot add The Cultivist, “the world’s only global arts club offering uniquely privileged access to every aspect of the art world.” .... The Cultivist is strictly a “private member’s club” with a $2,500 buy-in. She said The Cultivist is funded solely through membership fees, and that there’s no other revenue stream. The 1,000 members from the first year are split evenly between Europe and America. [link]

Other art clubs:
  • Artsy, “a resource for art collection and education,” has a “mission” “to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.” 
  • Paddle8, “the auction house for the 21st-century collector,” gives “a global community of passionate collectors unprecedented access to online auctions of high-caliber inventory.”
  • Artspace wants “to make it easy for you to discover and collect fine art from renowned artists, galleries, and cultural institutions worldwide,” and subscribers to its newsletter “instantly gain” “insider access to special offers and private art events.”