W Magazine Profiles Online Art World Disruptors — Including Us!

Say hello to Paddle8, Artspace, Triple Canopy, Artsy, and artnet.

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Cover of W Magazine's May Art Issue.
Photo: Courtesy of W magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of W magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of W magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of W magazine.
Photo: Courtesy of W magazine.
The Artspace team in 2015. Courtesy of W magazine.
Triple Canopy.
Photo: Courtesy of W magazine.

W magazine‘s semiannual art issue, which profiles art trailblazers, hits newsstands today. This special issue celebrates the leading companies shaking things up in the online art world.

Within the issue’s pages, you’ll find Phaidon-owned Artspace (see Artspace Sale Augurs Inevitable Shake-Out in Online Art Sales), Artsy, Triple Canopy, Paddle8, and yours truly, artnet.

This month, none other than pioneering artist and icon Yoko Ono is on the cover (see 7 Facts That Will Change the Way You See Yoko Ono). The cover photo of the 82-year-old artist and activist nods to a fragment of her 1964 book Grapefruit, where she describes a choreographed interaction that involves shaking hands through a punctured hole in a canvas.

The May art issue corresponds neatly with New York’s upcoming Frieze art fair (see our sneek preview and artnet’s events highlights) while the second art issue in December coincides with the behemoth Art Basel in Miami Beach (see Art Basel in Miami Beach, The Definitive Sales Report).

Among some of the past highlights, W magazine, which primarily reports on fashion, profiled actor George Clooney (clad in custom Yayoi Kusama), in 2013 to mark his starring role in The Monuments Men, the major Hollywood film about the special art-recovery unit active during World War II that helped save and return many major artworks to their rightful owners.

Marilyn Minter, Tracey Emin, Catherine Opie, and Karen Kilimnik all contributed to making artworks inspired by Clooney for the issue.

Thank you, W mag! We’re definitely in good company.

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