exhibit-E, art experts in all things 2.0
ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CHOICES I’VE MADE IN BUILDING MY SUPPORT TEAM ( LEGAL AND ACCOUNTING, ART INSTALLATION, FRAMING, ETC) IS THE PLEASURE AND CONSISTENT PROFESSIONALISM OF WORKING WITH exhibit-E, THE LEADING PROVIDER OF WEBSITES FOR THE ART WORLD. I HAVE HAPPILY RECOMMENDED THEM TO MANY DEALERS, TO AN ARCHITECTURAL FIRM I ADMIRE, TO A BRILLIANT INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCER FRIEND AND TO ANYONE WHO WANTS A 2.0 WEBSITE THAT IS BEAUTIFUL DESIGNED, EASY TO NAVIGATE AND INTELLIGENTLY STRUCTURED. http://www.exhibit-e.com/
exhibit-E ORIGINALLY DESIGNED MY WEBSITE AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR ME AS A VERY SOLE PRACTITIONER WITHOUT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE, HAS BEEN AVAILABLE AND DEDICATED TO ITS MAINTENANCE AND EXPANSION. exhibit-E RESPONDS QUICKLY TO ANY AND ALL OF MY 2.0 QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS – SETTING UP, FOR EXAMPLE, THIS LRFA BLOG. THUS, IT WAS A NATURAL FIT WHEN POSTING MY FIRST LRFA BLOG TO ENLIST DAN MILLER, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF exhibit-E, AND TECH EXPERT, BILLY MAKER, TO SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING DIGITAL RECORDS OF ARTWORK FOR ANYONE INVOLVED IN THE ARTS, DEALER, COLLECTOR, GALLERIST OR MUSEUM CURATOR ALIKE.
TODAY, THE LRFA BLOG NOW INTRODUCES A NEW AND INNOVATIVE CONTRIBUTION THAT exhibit-E HAS LAUNCHED TO ENHANCE OUR 21ST CENTURY RECORD-KEEPING TASKS. ALTHOUGH THE exhibit-E SITE DESCRIBES THE SCOPE OF SERVICES THE FIRM PROVIDES BELOW, IT DOES NOT REFLECT MY PLEASURE IN WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE IMPASSIONED ABOUT WHAT THEY DO AND ALWAYS HAPPY TO EXPLORE NEW IDEAS AND ADVANCEMENTS. I HOPE TO EXPRESS THAT TO ITS FULLEST EXTENT IN THIS BLOG.
HERE IS A BIT ABOUT THE FIRM:
exhibit-E is a unique design and technology firm that has taken a leadership role in providing websites for the art world. exhibit-E websites are designed for in-house maintenance, so your gallery staff can make all on-going content revisions to all areas of your website without having to understand HTML. All of our clients experience exhibit-E as freedom. Freedom to make changes, revisions and additions anytime. There are no limitations to how much information you can put into your exhibit-E website. With exhibit-E you control time and cost. With an infrastructure that is easy to navigate and appropriate to the day-to-day business needs of galleries, exhibit-E is the perfect complement to your gallery promotional objectives and daily administrative needs. All this with a design that can match your existing gallery identity—or we can create a custom design to your specifications.
exhibit-E RECENTLY PUBLISHED A VERY READABLE BOOK THAT PROVIDES AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION AND STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN HAVING A COMMAND OF THE 2.0 ART WORLD, AVAILABLE AS A HARD COPY.
AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK INCLUDES A CASE STUDY ON exhibit-E’s DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPERONE WESTWATER GALLERY WEBSITE. THIS EXCERPT REFLECTS THEIR CREATIVE SENSIBILITY AND SENSITIVITY TO THE UNIQUE CHARACTER OF AN EXTRAORDINARY AND LONG-ESTABLISHED CONTEMPORARY GALLERY.
When it opened its iconic new gallery at 257 Bowery in 2010, Sperone Westwater staked its claim at the vanguard of galleries leading the Bowery’s renaissance. Designed by Pritzker- prize- winning Norman Foster + Partners, the sleek, translucent tower, while only 25 feet wide, provides great flexibility in exhibition space: the main gallery is located on the second- floor, double- height mezzanine, ideal for large sculptures and paintings; an intimate movable gallery is located in a 12-by-24-foot elevator, its bright-red exterior cabin visible from the street; and private galleries are on the upper floors. Skylights, windows, and glass doors provide abundant natural light, and award-winning use of custom gallery lighting completes the picture.
Our design for the recently launched Sperone Westwater website takes its inspiration from the gallery’s sensational eight- story building and big red box…The first thing you see when you enter the website is a dramatic full-page black-and-white image of the gallery’s building, looking splendidly futuristic, as if lifted from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
This basic design framework, spare and visually arresting, is used throughout the website. Click on “Artists” and you are taken to a page that provides links to each artist affiliated with the gallery. The links are arranged alphabetically on the page in rectangular thumbnails, five across, that include a photo of the artist and the artist’s name. Click on any photo and you are taken to the artist’s page, which includes images of the artist’s work, a biographical profile, and links to past and current exhibitions associated with the artist. You can scroll down the page to access each category of information or use the “Artworks,” “Bio” and “Exhibitions” tab to get there directly. Note that these categories are dynamic—they can be changed at the gallery’s discretion.
If you happen to use your tablet or smartphone to access the Sperone Westwater website, you’ll notice how natural the interface feels and displays—like it was custom-built for your mobile device. That’s because it employs responsive design techniques and best practices, allowing the website to query your mobile device to determine its limitations and optimal display capabilities, thus ensuring that data sent to the device is displayed appropriately. If you’re using the latest iPhone, for instance, the Sperone Westwater home page displays in a vertical orientation when the phone is held vertically, with the menu cascading down the page as a list of tabs.
Day-to-day management of the website by gallery staff is simple and intuitive via exhibit-E’s Web-based content- management system. The website’s dynamic framework makes posting and managing images and editorial content easy. Simple, clean, responsive—these are the hallmarks of a first-rate website.
IN FEBRUARY, AFTER THREE YEARS OF EXTENSIVE BETA TESTING WITH ADAA MEMBER GALLERIES, exhibit-E LAUNCHED ITS iPAD APP. IT IS THIS COMMITMENT TO QUALITY THAT CHARACTERIZES ALL OF exhibit-E’s SERVICES AND PRODUCTS. THE iPAD APP HAS BEEN AVAILABLE FOR FREE IN THE APPLE iTUNES APP STORE SINCE MARCH 19TH, 2014.
IN OUR NEXT BLOG I LOOK FORWARD TO EXPLORING ITS FEATURES AND ADVANTAGES WITH THE exhibit-E TEAM, IN BOTH INTERVIEW AND VIDEO FORMATS. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THIS SUBJECT, PLEASE POSE THEM. WE HAVE EXPERTS ON BOARD TO ANSWER THEM!