Irving Sandler Local Artist File Update

The Unaffiliated Artists File was established in 1974 as a new resource for exhibitions, and was central to the early mission of Artists Space, which was at that time still operating as the Committee for the Visual Arts Artists Space. Digitization of the file began in 1984 when Artists Space moved to 223 West Broadway, a process which was completed in 1986, and in 1995 it was renamed The Irving Sandler Artists File. In 2010 when we relaunched the Irving Sandler Artists File Online at the new domain, the website was the largest of its kind in the world with over 14,000 registered users and over 4 million monthly hits.

The Local Artist File was intended to be an active site where artists and curators could connect and share. In 2017, the site began experiencing technical issues related to the incompatibility of its version of the content management platform and our web host. The technical problems forced the site to shut down in 2018. We are proud of the exponential growth of the file over the years — in 2018, there were over 25,000 registered Artist File users  – as it has grown it has become increasingly difficult to repair and restore. Moving forward, we recognize that artists may choose to create their own websites using one of the many free website platforms that now exist but did not when we launched.

We wish to thank all of the artists who have used the Irving Sandler Local Artist File over the years and who helped to shape it into such a vibrant and vital space for sharing work. As we look forward to opening our new long-term home at 80 White Street, we hope that you will join us in envisioning new ways for Artists Space to connect with and serve our community of local artists.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns at

Below is a list of resources to help you to build an online home for your art work:

  1. Cargo Collective:
    Cargo Collective is a personal publishing platform that enables its users to create accessible tools within a networked context - to enhance their exposure on the Internet. It offers free-standing websites, a wide variety of customizable design templates, and simple tools to control the way content is displayed.
  2. Tumblr:
    Tumblr is one of the most popular microblogging sites. Tumblr is a network of millions of user-generated, personal Web sites. It's part blogging platform (like Wordpress, Blogger or Posterous) and part social networking service, letting users create and post their own original content.
  3. Wordpress:
    In simple words, WordPress is a web software to create websites quickly and easily. ... Everything from simple websites to blogs, to complex portals and enterprise websites, and even applications are built with WordPress. WordPress is used by 58.6% of all the websites whose content management system is known.
  4. is a visual organization tool designed to help you think and create. It lets you build simple collections of content by adding links and files of any kind. Connect ideas with other people by collaborating privately or building public collections for everyone. With no ads, likes, or recommendations, is a more mindful space where you can work through any project over time. It's a place to structure your ideas and build new forms of knowledge together.

Artists Space opens at
11 Cortlandt Alley in 2019

T 212 226 3970

F 212 226 7036