Artspan Takes Next Step into European Market with Support for German Artists

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Top online contemporary art destination Artspan.com now offers native language support for German artists to easily create and manage their own full-featured, ecommerce-enabled websites for showing, promoting, and selling their work.

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We aim for Artspan to be more of a global platform and will be targeting both artists and the broader visual arts audience in selected European countries. We think this kind of cross-border reach will benefit members wherever they may be.

Artspan, the leading provider of template-based websites for artists, artisans, and photographers, has launched a new section of native-language support for German speaking artists, expanding specialized services to one of the world’s most vibrant art scenes.

Artspan is already an international presence in providing templated, ecommerce-enabled websites for artists, a sophisticated search portal for nearly 4,000 member artists, and a number of options for art collectors to easily purchase work online. Now, in a move toward providing native-language support for a wider range of artists and collectors, Artspan has launched a selection of German language support documents for its artist membership.

This support section is the next step in Artspan’s expansion into the European market. In mid-September, http://www.artspan.co.uk, offering dedicated services to U.K. artists [linked to U.K. release], was launched, and plans are underway for French and German language website portals in 2012.

With these moves, Artspan not only offers expanded services to European artists and collectors, but enhances value for all artists with Artspan websites, by increasing visibility across language barriers. As Founder and Managing Director Eric Sparre explains, “We aim for Artspan to be more of a global platform and will be targeting both artists and the broader visual arts audience in selected European countries. We think this kind of cross-border reach will benefit members wherever they may be -- in North America, Europe, or elsewhere.”

Artspan’s highly affordable services to artists offer an array of benefits unmatched by any other website provider or online portfolio site. In addition to a stand-alone, search engine optimized domain with multiple pages, social media tools, personal blogs, and ecommerce options, Artspan members are included in Artspan.com directories, search result pages, and genre portals. Their work is seen -- Artspan.com is top-ranked for the term “contemporary art” by Google and Yahoo. No other artist website provider offers this “best of both worlds” approach.”

About Artspan
Founded in 1999 by painter and entrepreneur Eric Sparre, Artspan.com is a major contemporary art destination connecting producers and consumers of contemporary art , featuring close to 4,000 artist and artisan websites in many different categories, including painting, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Artspan members include artists from around the country and the world. Artspan.com is consistently top-ranked for the term Contemporary Art by Google and Yahoo. Artspan member websites can be managed by anyone – no technical background needed -- and have a variety of features, all at a very competitive price. Artspan is exceptional among online artist communities and providers of template artist websites, in offering artists the best of both worlds: Member artists benefit from being part of a searchable, high-traffic community while maintaining the autonomy of their own URL. Members can also access a wealth of marketing information and, in an age of limited or non-existent customer service, the Artspan Help Desk can be reached by phone or email.

Throughout history, artists have been dependent on dealers and galleries; now they can do their own marketing. It’s a very empowering thing, and it levels the playing field. - Eric Sparre, Managing Director of Artspan, The Wall Street Journal, 6/16/08

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