Housed within white walls of galleries, the contemporary art market is opaque. Information is limited to winning bid prices published by auction houses and transactions taking place in the primary market, i.e. sale of art directly from the artists' studios are impenetrable. Challenged by the lack of transparency, I sought my own answers. Artsy is an online platform that boasts to house 300,000+ (in 2015) artworks. By scraping Artsy’s website, I was able to attain information on over 66,000 artworks, 3X the amount available on Artsy's public API at the time. Scraping also gave me access to information on artwork prices and whether or not the work has been sold.
‘what factors contribute to artwork sale?’ as well as ‘what about color?’ were the questions I asked.