Good Idea: Art Swapping

Good Idea: Art Swapping

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Regina Yunghans
Sep 15, 2009


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Around this time last year, Anna Ogier-Bloomer and Erik Sanner were putting on an exhibit in Chashama's Hell's Kitchen space called Have a Painting? Leave a Painting. Need a Painting? Take a Painting. From the title, you probably get the idea...

Located in one of Chashama's highly public performance windows, the exhibit enabled people to drop by with artwork to give (even hanging it on the wall themselves), viewing the other offerings, and sometimes taking a "new" work for themselves. It's a beautiful idea, with a few online cousins (see Artella or DeviantART's art trade group).

Art swapping makes sense in some instances, particularly for those of us without a lot of space. If you're an artist yourself, it's an opportunity to exchange work with your contemporaries. If you're a collector, it might be an option for circulating new works in your home and trading works you no longer want or have space for.

Have you participated in an art swap before? Is it something that you would be interested in? Please share in the comments below.

Read more about Anna Ogier-Bloomer and Erik Sanner's exhibit from last year at ArtCat, Art:21, and eriksanner.com.

Images: Hrag Vartanian, licensed under Creative Commons

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