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Stephen Tanenbaum is President & Co-Founder of UGallery, a leading online art gallery offering curated, original art for sale from the world’s most talented mid-career and emerging artists. Originally from Atlanta, Stephen now lives in New York City. When he's not working, you might spot him strolling MoMA - he's got a soft spot for Takashi Murakami - or playing softball in Central Park.

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Techies: The New Breed of Art Collector

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 3:05 PM


Things happen fast in the tech industry. Over the last few years, Silicon Valley exploded from a relatively niche movement to the paradigm-shifting phenomenon it is today, with companies like Airbnb and Uber growing into global powerhouses. Many in the art world expected...

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Meet the Artist Who Gives Dogs Their Day

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 8:51 PM

Every dog has its day -- August 26th to be exact.

Here at UGallery, we have a big soft spot for pups, and it's no secret that we're smitten with canine-inspired artwork. In honor of National Dog Day, what better way could we celebrate man's best friend than...

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Art Digest: How to Rob a Bank and (Not Quite) Get Away With It

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 5:00 PM

Art is testing new frontiers. In this week's digest, artists are pushing their limits and bringing their art to whole new places. We'll see how performance art fares the legal system, how Renaissance art handles cutting edge technology, and how super tiny art takes on the vast outer space.

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Art Digest: Speak Softly, But Carry a Big Can of Paint

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 8:31 PM

Art isn't just in museums anymore. It's in the streets, in the ordinary and sometimes 75 floors above ground. Buckle up boys and girls, this week's digest takes us on a tour of three distinct sectors of the art world: the subversive, the celebrated and the narcissistic. Off we go....

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A Father's Day Conversation With Scott Hunter, Artist and Stay-At-Home Dad

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Scott Hunter explores different arrangements of textures, colors and shapes through his abstract expressionist work. Though many different things inspire his work, he feels most encouraged by his drive to make paintings that mean something. As a kid, he stood with his mother at the National Gallery of...

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A Father's Day Conversation With Nathan Hager, Artist and Full-Time Dad

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:43 PM

Nathan Hager paints the outdoors and captures its beauty while adding his own twist. He describes his paintings as "rooted in traditional representationalism while celebrating the craft of painting." He currently lives in Minnesota with his wife and three young daughters.

In honor of Father's Day, UGallery is...

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Art Digest: Would You Rather Buy a Picasso for $179 Million or Rent One for $5?

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:34 PM

The high-end art world is a complicated place. It's amazing how two pieces by the same artist can end up in such dichotomous homes. This week's stories draw us into contrasting worlds, assuring that you'll have an interesting topic of discussion ready for Saturday's dinner party.

Picasso sale smashes auction...

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Art Digest: Online Art Buying Rises, Obama Cracks Down on Wealthy Art Investors and FLOTUS Calls for More Minority-Friendly Museums

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 12:11 PM

What a month in the art world: industry projections, tax loopholes and museum openings galore! We'll unpack what went down, in case you happened to get sidetracked by the hoopla of the Met Gala's red carpet.

A Look Back at the 2014 Online Art Market


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Art Digest: Leo Buys Art on Instagram, Tiny Paintings Hit it Big, and Picasso's Electrician is Found Guilty

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:48 PM

Wokka-wokka-wokka-wokka. I'm taking a break from the amazing Pac-Man Google Maps take-over to bring you what's buzzing in the art world. Read up and own the cocktail party this weekend!

Here are our favorite stories of the week:

Might your next big sale be one Instagram...

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Guide to Buying Art: 7 Things to Look for When Purchasing a Piece

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Once a year the Affordable Art Fair takes on New York City. For five days in Chelsea, collectors scour the inventory for an investment piece, hobbyists browse the fair for inspiration, and beginners flock with excitement to buy their first painting.

My online art gallery,, has attended the fair...

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Art Digest: Art News That's Actually Digestible (v2)

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:21 AM

It's been a busy last few weeks. You might have been caught up in the Hillary Clinton email brouhaha, binge watching House of Cards or preparing for March Madness. While you're bracket might already be busted -- don't worry, mine is too -- you can make up for...

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Art Digest: Art News That's Actually Digestible

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 1:03 PM

So, you like art.

No, not the headline producing painting that just sold at Christie's for $125 million. Leave that for the billionaire collector.

I mean art you can relate to, art you can afford. If you're the kind of person who would drop into a pop-up shop...

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Everyone Wants a Nudie Pic: A Look at What's Hot in Art

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:18 PM

The art world is heating up. Not only are auctions enjoying record-breaking sales at the high end, but a new crop of art hobbyists are creating a mass market for original art.

Much of the growth is facilitated by ecommerce, with buyers choosing the open access of the Web to...

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Art Versus Tech in San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Piero Manrique's "San Francisco Night." Still from UGallery.

If you live in San Francisco, you know how much people like to talk about astronomical rents and the resulting disappearance of our city's artful heritage. Local and national news outlets pit...

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13 Design Blogs You Might Have Missed

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Courtesy of Brim Emery's Designlovefest. Photography by Laure Joliet.

What shade of blue is best for your bedroom walls? Where can you find affordable art to complement that vintage bar cart? What the heck is "pantry...

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5 Key Lessons on the Online Art Market

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Recently, the top galleries in the online art industry convened in New York for a panel discussion hosted by my company, UGallery, on the future of the space. The timing was ideal, as it came right after a report found that the online art market is expected to hit nearly $4 billion in sales in the next five years. I was joined by representatives from Artspace, Saatchi Art, Artsicle and Artsy -- with the Huffington Post's own Mallika Rao moderating -- to discuss the industry's future.

For those who weren't able to attend, you can see a full video of the discussion below (or highlights above). I also condensed the hour-long event into 5 key takeaway points that demonstrate just how e-commerce is ready to take advantage of the $65 billion art market.

1. Online Art is Benefiting the Art Category

The online channel has no geographic, physical space or income barriers -- most online galleries sell at a number of price points -- thus providing collectors access to a much larger selection of artwork while growing (and benefiting) the category as a whole. An artist in rural New Mexico can connect with a high-profile collector in Hong Kong, for instance. The boundary-less nature of online art galleries opens up the market like never before.

2. The Online Channel Democratizes the Art Industry

The value of artwork is no longer determined by a few elite patrons or galleries. Online art galleries open the category to all consumers, no matter their income, and provide price transparency, thus allowing market factors to influence value and democratizing the industry as a whole.

3. Online and Offline Channels are Complementary

Online galleries are now representing artists on a similar level as a physical gallery. The online channel provides artists more exposure and generates sales to a broader, more worldwide collector base. The two channels -- offline and online -- will continue to co-exist and complement each other, though we will continue to see a shift in people experiencing art online.

4. Technology will Continue to Advance the Category

Online art is bringing art education to anyone with an Internet connection. Clients can research an artist's background and past sales before deciding to purchase. As advancements are made in photography and pixel resolution, artists can exhibit artwork online as accurately as offline. Furthermore, mobile apps and location-based technology allow collectors to find and follow both artists and galleries at open studio tours and art fairs. Technology is enabling the category to expand; it is removing physical barriers while bringing art to new markets and collectors.

5. Online is Introducing Art to a New Demographic of Collectors

Shopping and researching products online is second nature to millennials. Online art companies are introducing original art to a younger demographic who wouldn't otherwise visit brick and mortar galleries. An increasing number of young people are being exposed to art, regardless of the location and/or the intimidation factor. We saw this phenomenon in a recent study we conducted, which found that millennials were 4x more likely to buy art online.

Ultimately, all of the panelists, myself included, agreed the physical gallery isn't going anywhere and certainly won't be outright replaced by online galleries in the immediate term. At the same time, there's no shortage of talented artists out there, and the online space provides a powerful medium through which many of these artists can succeed by effectively removing many of the traditional barriers to entry.

I'm often reminded of this success by UGallery's own Piero Manrique, a Peruvian artist who has sold more than $80,000 worth of art through our online gallery. While not everyone can accomplish such an achievement, Piero's story resonated with everyone that night. And he's just one of the many examples of how the market is complementing and often enhancing the art industry as a whole.

Here's a full video of the "THE ONLINE ART INDUSTRY -- WHAT'S NEXT?" panel, for those interested:

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Survey: Is Buying Artwork Scarier Than Buying a Car?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 9:53 PM

Changsoon Oh's "Seoul." Still from UGallery.

Buying artwork can be scary.

Many think art -- particularly original art -- is prohibitively expensive because they hear about the multimillion-dollar auction results at Christie's or get blindsided by the number of...

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5 Predictions for the Online Art Industry in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Piero Manrique's "Sea Breeze." Still from UGallery.

The online art market is exploding as more buyers are opting to browse, collect and shop artwork online. In fact, over 71 percent of art collectors have...

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How Mobile Technology is Accelerating Online Art Growth

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Smartphones and tablets are fueling the online art explosion. Still from UGallery.

As seen in the debut of Amazon Art and the recent launch of Google's bold Open Gallery initiative, 2013 was the year that online art went mainstream. The industry...

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3 Reasons Why Original Artwork Is More Popular (And Accessible) Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 2:43 PM

Allen Wittert's "Kerry Anne." Still from UGallery.

Six years ago online art site 20x200 was launched. Its motto, "art for everyone," spoke to a business model that emphasized affordable, limited-edition prints and photo reproductions as a way to...

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