Much as I don’t want to admit it, there are some of bad things that you can say about New York City. Thankfully, however, one thing you certainly can’t say is that they don’t have a flourishing art scene. It’s a city covered with art galleries that allow you to take some unique art home. Yet art in New York, like many things in New York, is expensive, often jaw-droppingly so. While the more fabled art galleries in the city have got absurd price tags, there are plenty of places selling art that, relatively speaking, is actually reasonably priced! I recently read a post on the excellent blog “Tracy’s New York Life” that shared five places to find affordable art in New York. Here they are:
Printed Matter: As a non-profit, you already know off the bat that it’s going to be reasonably priced, because nobody is supposed to profit! Since its founding over 40 years ago, Printed Matter has been committed to fostering a knowledge and understanding of art books. While the focus here is on books, they’ve also amassed a huge amount of edition prints, ranging from leading contemporary artists to lesser-known up-and-comers.
Collyer’s Mansion: Lower Manhattan may have a reputation as the center of New York’s art gallery scene, but Brooklyn, and not just Williamsburg, is slowly stealing its thunder with places such as Collyer’s Mansion, designed to offer livable pieces that double as art. Here you can find an eclectic assortment of unique pieces that will keep your apartment, no matter how small, nice and stylish.
Pierogi Gallery: Established in 1994 as an alternative to traditional “white cube galleries”, Pierogi Gallery has been fighting the mainstream since before it was cool. From its new Lower East Side location, it hosts a unique program of exhibitions and events while also offering visitors a chance to peruse their affordable art pieces.
Whisper Editions: By working with artists and designers, Whisper Editions offers a great collection of art and art objects. Here, the overall aesthetic is something like “modern rustic”, but with a clean, sleek finish. You can get pieces ranging from gold-dipped antler to prints to surfboards.
Beam: Since it was first established in 2013, this Williamsburg spot has been offering well-curated products from both emerging and seasoned artists. The offerings here are an eclectic mix of different styles, all united by undeniable personality.