Updated June 1st, 2021.
As a marketplace, Artsy works hard to connect collectors to the high-quality works they come to Artsy to look for. We do this through our partnerships with galleries and also through our listing requirements that dictate the items that are allowed to be listed on the site.
The following requirements were developed by our specialists based on what performs well with Artsy collectors and our specialists’ knowledge of artists and artists’ practices.
Our listing requirements are continually updated based on the above qualifications; as such, it is possible that there are comparable items currently listed on Artsy.
General Listing requirements:
- Make sure all items comply with Artsy’s policies
- Create only one listing per item.
- Submit one or more high quality images of each item (1000x1000 pixels or larger)
- Accurately describe each item you post on Artsy, including, but not limited to, the name of the Artist or creator, title, date, medium, dimensions, and physical condition of each item (we may reformat the images and data you provide to accommodate the format of Artsy’s webpages).
- You’re required to clearly and proactively note any ambiguity or uncertainty related to the work, as well as any relevant information pertaining to the object's relationship to the artist if the item is not an original work of art, for example "ephemera" or "merchandise".
- Provide true, accurate, and non-stock images for each item (images must accurately depict the work for sale; be sure you do not include inaccurate images, or misstate or omit any facts or relevant data (such as, for example, damage to the work)
- Immediately notify us in writing if you become aware of any event or information that may cause any image or information you provided about an item to be inaccurate or misleading (and we may notify any person who has inquired about or purchased the item of such event or information).
- Be responsive to Artsy Staff and to Users. Including making any requested updated within the allotted amount of time.
- Identify at least one person on your team to be available to review and respond to offers and orders
- Respond to each order and/or offer within 2 calendar days from date of order and/or offer so that neither expires
- Ship the work within 7 calendar days of order confirmation or offer acceptance regardless of the status of your payment remittance through our payment processor.
You must not:
- Include any image in any item’s listing that does not actually depict the listed item
- Include any image in any item’s listing that contains any overlaid or superimposed text, graphics or branding, for example, a watermark is not allowed.
- Include any image in any item’s listing that includes content that is not for sale through Artsy (for example, an image of a table and chair, but only the chair is for available for purchase)
- Include any image in any item’s listing that does not depict only the listed item, unless we specifically permit otherwise (for example, if we specify that a gallery installation shot is permitted)
- Advertise a lower price for an item on a site other than artsy.net
- Include any hyperlink or URL directing away from the Artsy in any item’s listing.
In addition to these general requirements, Artsy does not allow the following items to be listed:
- Posters (signed or unsigned)
- Exhibition catalogs
- Announcement cards/postcards
- Monographs (i.e., books about an artist's practice)
- Ephemeral materials that are not art (ex: Signatures on mediums other than artworks, pages from books, sketches/doodles, keychains, pillows, vinyl records, etc.)
- Unlimited or unknown editions
- Pages from portfolios, magazines, or books
- Any Banksy work without a Certificate of Authenticity from Pest Control
Artsy allows sellers to list art and design, which includes (but is not limited to) the following:
- Unique and limited edition works
- Unlimited or unknown edition items from pre-1900s or pre-1920s in the case of photographs
- Merchandise or collectibles by artists for whom this is an important part of their practice, for example
- KAWS companions
- Jeff Koons editioned balloon dogs
- Daniel Arsham relics
- Takashi Murakami toys
- Bearbricks & art toys manufactured by Medicom Toys
- Toy/sculpture editions by artists that are not individually numbered but have an official edition size (ex: edition of 500, 1000)
- Skateboards that depict works by a known artist
- These must be authorized by the artist or their estate and must be listed as Ephemera or Merchandise.
If a work does not meet our listing requirements, our catalog operations team will unpublish the listing and notify you of its removal. In the case of uncertainty, the team may reach out with instructions to amend the listing or request additional information. If the listing is not updated or our team does not receive the information we request, the listing will be unpublished.