The Art Newspaper is reporting that Amazon plans to open an online art gallery later this year.
Amazon has been contacting art galleries across the U.S. to try and set up a system by which those businesses can sell art through the e-commerce giant’s online store.
The report says that Amazon is planning to use a model similar to its Amazon Wine store, taking a commission from the galleries upon the sale of their work.
If Amazon does expand to the art world, it will be going up against warehouse retail titan Costco, which already has an online fine art storefront where you can pick up works from the likes of Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. No word yet on whether or not Amazon will be able to offer a similar selection.
Of course, whether or not the art world wants to handle through Amazon is another story. Personally, I’d rather see a piece in a gallery before buying it, rather than relying on only a suite of pictures.
Amazon declined to comment on the story.
Previously on GeekWire: Galleries HQ lets you browse fine art galleries with your iPad
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.