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Curiator announces rapid growth since spring launch and major updates to platform
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NEW YORK, NY.- Only three months after its launch to the public and two months after the launch of its mobile app, Curiator has nearly doubled its number of users and the size of its catalog. Curiator, the platform to discover, collect and share art online, has also launched major updates to the platform, making it easier to connect to likeminded users, and to discover new art on the platform.

Curiator allows people to build their digital art collection by importing images of art they like and collecting art added by others, both online and through the mobile app. Curiator’s catalog, which consists solely of art contributed by its users, now houses over 40,000 unique artworks by more than 13,000 artists, while the website sees more than 20,000 unique visitors each month. Curiator’s mobile app has been downloaded almost 3,000 times in the two months since its launch.

Curiator aims to maximize the potential of the Internet and social media to encourage art appreciation among audiences all over the world, and has users and visitors from more than 180 countries with the most significant number coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Japan.

On the heels of its successful launch, Curiator has implemented changes to better accommodate the needs of its growing user base by simplifying, streamlining and enhancing the user experience.

“Curiator’s fast growing community has amassed an impressive catalog of art,” said co-founder Tobias Boonstoppel. “We’re thrilled that Curiator is becoming the go-to online destination for users to discover so much of the art out there.” Co-founder Moenen Erbuer added, “As Curiator becomes the ultimate public resource for art online, it is important that we help our users sift through all this content to find the art they like and connect with other users with similar tastes.”

A simplified sign-up process allows new users to sign up in less than 10 seconds, while upon logging in, users are now greeted with a new, immersive and intelligent feed that shows a combination of art that is being collected by their influencers—other users and artists they follow—in combination with suggestions that are made based on their taste. As users add more art to their digital collections, Curiator learns about their taste and is better able to provide suggestions by comparing patterns in collection behavior among all users.

The updates to Curiator feature a renewed focus on digital exhibitions, which now take center stage in the Curiator experience. In a first step towards allowing all users to create their own digital exhibitions, Curiator regularly publishes exhibitions curated by prominent guest curators as well as its own staff.

Coinciding with the improvements of the platform, Curiator has launched three new digital exhibitions:

• A solo exhibition of pavilions by Dan Graham, curated by Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

• “Object/ive”, a group exhibition curated by independent curator Kris Nuzzi, exploring the physical body and the objects that surround us.

• A solo exhibition highlighting the remarkable work of Parisian textile artist Lorenzo Nanni, curated by the Curiator staff.

Past exhibitions have been curated by Robert Storr, Chairman of FAPE’s Professional Fine Arts Committee and Dean of the Yale School of Art; Candice Hopkins, Lucía Sanromán, Irene Hofmann and Janet Dees, co-curators of SITElines.2014: Unsettled Landscapes at SITE Santa Fe; Laurie Ann Farrell, Executive Director of Exhibitions at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD); Rachel Gugelberger, Independent Curator; and Lauren Ross, Nancy E. Mening Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Philbrook Museum of Art.





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