Amazon Enters Art World, Galleries Say They Aren’t Worried : All Tech Considered : NPR

The loss of bookstores and record shops has been and is a very sad thing.. with streets and cities losing their small cultural institutions and tiny worlds of inspiration and great communities…
Next up seems to be galleries… another huge loss for city life….

Amazon said its new art marketplace will provide access to more than 40,000 works of art from at least 150 galleries and dealers.

Local record and book shops have been disappearing as the market for music and literature moves online. In the past few years, there’s been a growth in sites that sell fine art on the Internet. On Tuesday, Amazon joined that market. But in this case, many brick and mortar galleries aren’t seeing the Internet as a threat.

Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco currently has 11 very large eerie photos of a fair-skinned women in a white-lace dress donning its walls. In one photo, the woman sits in a chair and feeds milk to a TV. In another, the top half of her head is replaced by a bird cage. The artist’s name is Jamie Baldridge. Gallery manager Danny Sanchez says the work was inspired by his childhood and "afternoons reading fairy tales for their dark nature. So you kind of get a little bit of that in his imagery."

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