ARTA Sets Out to Disrupt the Art Shipping Industry

Adam Fields. Photo: courtesy ARTA.
Adam Fields. Courtesy of ARTA.

ARTA, a start-up online art shipping company, has launched today with an eye towards disrupting the art shipping business. To that end, it offers a platform that puts galleries, collectors, and art advisors in touch with shipping companies that specialize in transporting art.

For the first time, galleries will have access to a network of over 100 qualified shippers in the art business, allowing them to compare price quotes in real time. This information can be shared with clients, and transactions can be completely handled online, simplifying a notoriously complicated process formerly bogged down by invoices and too many e-mails. ARTA will also keep records of all your shipments and send out e-mail alerts tracking a package’s whereabouts.

“The process of shipping art, particularly gathering quotes for comparison and review, is onerous and time consuming,” said founder and CEO Adam Fields, formerly the vice president of artists and institutions for Artspace.com, in a statement. “It’s a complicated industry but this is the first step towards streamlining quote comparison and communications with art shippers, while also driving business for art handlers.”

Galleries such as New York’s Bortolami and Chicago’s Kavi Gupta have already signed on to use the new service, which works with shipping companies that include ANR Transport, Artemis FAS, Displays FAS, and Icon FAS.

While shipping may seem like a relatively unglamorous part of the art world, it isn’t the only oft-overlooked aspect of art ownership that is receiving a high-tech make-over. Art storage company Uovo has a new 280,000-square-foot facility that has been custom-designed and built for storing fine art (see Uovo Will Open State-of-the-Art Building for Storing Art).


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