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"The Art Story is an amazing treasury I've been searching for ages. Providing this information esp. regarding all forms of art is an awesome idea. Please continue your service which will benefit the many art-lovers who seek information from authentic sources. My Hearty Wishes..... When I found your website for the first time, literally shouted "Eureka!"
- RPD, Grad Student, December 2018

"I've learned so much from your site and have quoted your site in almost every assignment and paper for my art classes for the past year. Please never stop what you're doing, every sentence I read invigorates me."
- RK, MFA Student, September 2015

"Thank you so much for giving so many people the chance to learn about Modern Art!"
- J.A.F, Modern Art Lover, Nov. 2012

The Art Story – About Us

At a Glance

52.8M Readers (from Inception)
422 passionate contributors

Our Audience:
10.4M Million Yearly Readers
20% Annual Visitor Growth

Our Art Pages:
613 Artists
144 Movements
72 Ideas+
6 Timelines

The Problem: Art is inaccessible!

Very often brilliant academics explain art solely to other brilliant academics, not to the world at large. Volumes are written that can only be accessed and interpreted by the few.

The Solution: Birth of The Art Story

We believe in a world where the ideas and aspirations behind wondrous art works are accessible to everyone to explore and be inspired by. TheArtStory.org helps millions of people each year understand and enjoy every style of art, from Classical Greek statues, to Dali’s Surrealist concoctions, to Contemporary Conceptual explorations.

Why The Art Story

1. Quality of Content - We start with material produced by brilliant academics who are also great writers. Our writers either have PhDs or are experts in their fields.

2. Ease of Use - We are careful to provide consistency from one page to the next, as is done in the highest quality encyclopedias. We offer clear, understandable overview pages - not technical, over-cited content, so you'll never be bogged down by annoying art jargon.

3. Consistent, Thoughtful Organization - Then we organize their writings in ways that can only be accomplished on-line, such as interactive timelines and user-friendly cross-referencing. Once you see and understand how our pages are organized, you can learn about art with ease.

4. The Joy of Art - We all want to enjoy art, and understand what we are looking at. Our eloquent overview pages and friendly presentation make it easy to appreciate great works of art.

5. Sheer Size - TheArtStory.Org now has the equivalent of over 19,000 written pages of art content, and we are growing every week. No printed book can compete with this. The internet is a powerful delivery mechanism for organizing and presenting extensive content in ways that printed volumes never could.

From the Founder

Michael Zurakhinsky - Founder and President

"After developing a serious desire to understand and appreciate Modern Art, I found the then-available sources of information far too limited. Many excellent art books are too narrow in their scope, and are hard to reconcile with each other. On the internet, it was nearly impossible to find quality information organized in a consistent manner."

"I believe a good resource can help us address all these issues, and bring art education into the 21st century. The Arts are all about the ideas that should be exposed to the world, and this website and the organization as a whole strive to achieve this goal."

- Michael Zurakhinsky

Ideas that Inspire Us:


"I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit."
- John F. Kennedy

"The best piety is to enjoy - when you can. You are doing the most then to save the earth's character as an agreeable planet. And enjoyment radiates."
Middlemarch - George Eliot
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"Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish."
- Lyndon Johnson

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
- Albert Einstein

"Beauty is everywhere, in the arrangement of saucepans on the white walls of your kitchen, perhaps more than in your eighteenth-century salon or in official museums."
- Fernand Léger