Artsy simply brings that to your device/home/computer. They don't make sales, more make the introductions to galleries that are selling the work. It continues the overall art market movement away from bricks and mortar 'galleries' to online and art fairs.
The value add (pain point) that Artsy provides is the recommendation engine. This is unique (not sure how well it works from my experience on the site) and is crucial in a market that is always looking for the 'new' and 'exciting'.
The overall market is terrifying in that million dollar plus works are traded over .jpg form. That's why there is a significant cohort of art consultants that are paid to look a work in real life to provide the '3D' context.
It was a major influence on developing the pragmatic approach we've taken to automated testing at ePantry, and is required watching for our engineers. Thanks for creating it!
We get a bunch so it usually takes a bit of time to get through but they all get looked at by someone.
(see: markets current preoccupation with bold, flat abstract works)
I find that remarkable. The other thing that's remarkable is how accepting people are of highly compressed and decimated jpg images on uncalibrated monitors for viewing the work of professional photographers (while wearing $400 headphones, listening to highly compressed mp3s).
It is also remarkable that Neil Young is among the first to try to fix the fidelity issue, for music anyway. I hope someone sees that photography and images of other fine art need something analogous.
* Free Lossless Audio Codec
The super-high sample rate stuff is totally bogus, and I say that as an audio professional of many years' standing. Neil Young is a nice guy, but Pono is basically a branding exercise, not a technical innovation.
However, an image doesn't change moment to moment, so the eye is free to wander and immerse, and thereby notice some oddly pixelated macroblocks that would have been ignored with a momentary glance.
Artsy does have a number of images available free in the public domain. Please see https://artsy.net/post/christine-downloading-images-on-artsy.
Or was that a tie company, and was it GameFly for... ties?
This is all getting very confusing.