5 (More) Places to Buy (and Sell) Affordable Art
How to get excited about art without letting your wallet get depressed.
By Maria Popova
A few months ago, we spotlighted six places to buy affordable art. Thanks to a great response and numerous reader requests for additions to the list, we’re now back with five more excellent sources of sticker-shockless art.
Print Society is a platform for artists and galleries to sell art in a transparent framework and at an affordable price. The site acts a an aggregator of sorts, showcasing artwork and linking to other vendors — Etsy, 20×200 and more — where that artist sells his or her work.
Among the highlights is a meticulously curated Editor’s Picks collection. Prices range from $4 to $10,000, and Print Society charges neither artists nor galleries to sell.
Relative newcomer PrintCollection offers new historic prints and photographs each day. You can order museum-quality reproductions of the works for anywhere between $24.99 and $259.99, depending on the size of the print.
Bonus points for the fantastic collection of vintage WPA posters — you know how much we love the WPA and its design legacy.
Since 2005, The Beholder has been showing and selling the work of emerging and mid-career artists across the U.S., Canada and Europe. The online gallery allows artists to sell their own work without taking any commission from them, and patrons can sponsor an artist directly.
Works span painting, drawing and photography, and range from $10 to $8,000.
Circuit Gallery offers contemporary limited-edition photographs, digital artwork and print-based works on paper. By offering works in larger editions, the gallery essentially inverts the traditional art world model of small, prohibitively expensive editions, pushing its mission of making contemporary art more accessible by making it more affordable.
Artwork is always sold in 500-edition runs and comes in two fixed prices: $30 for a 10×8 print and $60 for 14×11.
From high quality, signed prints to original one-off works, Eyestorm publishes and sells limited-edition contemporary art and photography from significant artists and emerging talent alike.
The site also features Eyestorm Trade, a marketplace for previously owned art that is currently sold out on Eyestorm, allowing art owners to sell art at a premium.
You can nab some original art for your home for as little as £50 (that’s roughly $72) or go all-out with an investment-minded purchase upwards of £25,000.
Published June 8, 2010