One of the most intimidating things about collecting art is, Where do you start? Of course, a few good gallerists or perhaps even an art consultant can be of invaluable help here. But another, complementary way is to spend some time on Artsy. For about a year now, I’ve been following the constantly updated listing of galleries, fair, museums in order to keep a finger on the pulse of the international at world – Artsy covers the waterfront, just about everything, from Paul Reubens to Pierre Huyghe. Plus, it’s also the best place to but works online, from about $150 to around $3 million. But even if you’re not in the market, it’s an excellent resource. I’ve just been looking at the page on Anish Kapoor, for instance: a really definitive overview of the career, collections and significance of the Indian artist who must be one of the most important creatives forces of our times. (I’m still reeling from the extraordinary Kapoor show at the MCA two years ago!) What’s really revolutionary, though, is Artsy’s Art Genome Project, essentially a program of defining a series of (for the moment) more than a thousand attributes, or ‘genes’ and applying these to works of art in various combinations, thus creating ‘genomes’ of art. The idea is for collectors, students and critics to be able to readily assess similarities – and differences – between works they are interested in. In essence, Artsy disrupts the traditional process of collecting art, and so naturally enough it has its detractors. But to my mind it’s a lot like real estate, where so much is transacted online these days – but that doesn’t negate the role of the real estate agent, it rather complements it. And the way I know it’s really important to me? Of all the newsletters I have unsubscribed to of late, Artsy is one of the few left standing!