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Pagination And Sets

Paginated results, including artists or artworks, consist of a set of pagination-related fields, such as counts, links between pages and embedded results.

Each response contains the following fields.

Key Target
total_count Total count of items.

Total Count

Counting objects is not free. The value of "total_count" is never set by default. Specify "total_count=1" in the query string to retrieve it.

curl -v "https://api.artsy.net/api/artworks?total_count=1" -H "X-XAPP-Token:..."

The value of total_count should not be used as an exact expectation of how many results the API may return. It's possible that new items have been inserted or existing items removed since the moment this value has been retrieved.

Links

Key Target
self Current page.
next Next page. If this value is not set, this is the last page.

Parameters

All paginated APIs accept the following parameters.

Key Target
total_count Specify "total_count=1" to retrieve the total count, see above.
size Limit the number of embedded items in the response to this number.
cursor A position within the results set.
offset Skip this number of items, mutually exclusive with a cursor.
sample Redirect to a random element in the collection.

Passing in a parameter of "sample" will redirect you to the canonical URL for a random element in the collection. It can be combo'ed with additional filter parameters, so one could query for a random upcoming show with: "https://api.artsy.net/api/shows?status=upcoming&sample=1"

The cursor and offset pagination parameters are mutually exclusive. Attempting to use both of them in an API call will result in an explicit 400 error from the API. We prefer cursor-based pagination, however there is a need for a more conventional based paging scheme. Passing in an offset parameter will first skip that number of records, and then begin cursor-based paging from there.

Example

{
  "total_count" : 1,
  "_links" : {
    "self" : {
      "href" : "https://api.artsy.net/api/artists"
    },
    "next" : {
      "href" : "https://api.artsy.net/api/artists?cursor=..."
    }
  },
  "_embedded" : {
    "artists" : [
      {
        "id" : "...",
        ...
      }
    ]
  }
}