Where to buy affordable art in NYC
Most art hanging on the walls of NYC galleries comes with jaw-dropping price tags. Just because your bank account falls way short of buying one of these artworks doesn’t mean you should give up the dream of owning an original painting or sculpture. Resting just below the moneyed façade of the New York art world are numerous shops and galleries selling reasonably priced art. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or seasoned collector looking for fresh and undiscovered talent, here are five places to find affordable art in NYC.
Printed Matter, 231 11th Ave
Founded in 1976 by a group of artists that included Sol Lewitt and Lucy Lippard, Printed Matter is a non-profit dedicated to fostering a knowledge and understanding of artists’ books. In addition to housing some of the most unique and rare publications on art and culture, Printed Matter has amassed an expansive amount of edition prints. The collection includes some of contemporary art’s leading figures such as Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Richard Prince, Kiki Smith, and Terrance Koh.
Collyer’s Mansion, 179 Atlantic Ave
Channeling their love for flea market hunting, owners Mauri Weakley and Ben Heemskerk opened Collyer’s Mansion in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2012. The idea was to offer livable pieces that double as art. Collyer’s Mansion offers an eclectic assortment of unique goods guaranteed to transform your shoebox apartment into a lovely, stylish home. Spruce up the place with colorful original paintings and works on paper, a faux wall mounted peacock head, or a one of a kind, hand-painted floral vase.
Pierogi Gallery, 155 Suffolk St
Established as an alternative to NYC’s white cube galleries, Pierogi Gallery opened in 1994 in Williamsburg with the mission of exhibiting work by diverse artists. The gallery moved to the Lower East Side in 2016 where it hosts an exciting program of exhibitions and events. Pierogi Gallery stores affordable art in the Flat Files, which can be accessed during gallery hours. Put on a pair of white gloves and search the drawers where you will uncover works on paper by over 700 hundred artists. Artwork starts at $400 with many pieces viewable on the gallery’s website.
Beam, 240 Kent Ave
If you have an eye for good design, Beam is the place for you. Established in 2013, this Williamsburg shop offers a superbly curated collection of products by emerging and established designers and artists. The style is a mix of mid-century, urban, California cool, vintage, and modern with a good dose of humor and personality. We love the Hybrid Chunar vase that fuses Western and Eastern aesthetics, the Toiletpaper drinking glass, and the Love in Bloom vase, an anatomically correct human heart.
Art Schools, Various Locations
New York is home to some of the world’s most prestigious art and design schools, so it’s no surprise that you’ll discover cutting edge works on exhibit at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt, Parsons, the New School, and the Art Students League of New York. Start your art collection with a piece or two from an up-and-coming artist. You’ll add interest to your bare apartment walls while supporting what will be a notable artist of tomorrow.
Collyer’s Mansion photo via Facebook.