Living with Art: Prints Edition

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I’ll have more shelter magazine coverage tomorrow or Monday – I am getting my grubby mitts on loads of back issues and trying to come up with opinions founded in actual research. This is a major shift from my usual “because I say so” style. We’ll see how it turns out.

In today’s Live with Art edition, I’m going to talk about buying prints, specifically from a place in LA called Gemini Gel, where future art star and FOB (friend of Bekman in this case, sorry Bill) JeffreyTeuton is currently working.

As I mentioned the other day, buying work by emerging artists is my favorite way to go, but I realize that many people who buy art are a bit more conservative when it comes to making this kind of considered purchase. By conservative, I mean that they see buying art as an investment, albeit a risky one; they want it to appreciate in value. Also, just as there is the sort of label whore shopper who insists on Ted Baker or Paul Smith, there are some collectors who want a “name” in their art collection.

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What’s interesting about Gemini is that you can get names, really big names, for really great prices. Fancy Richard Serra? (I know I do!) Gemini has several limited editions etchings available. The one above, Venice Notebook 2001, #19 can be yours for $2200. Sure it’s not pocket change, but Serra was recently cited as one of the “best living artists” by Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times. Also, while I love his major works, I think a Torqued Ellipse might be hard to live with, not to mention a bit on the spendy side.

Also, notes Jeff, “Most people think of prints like they do posters, but fine art prints have slight variables making all of them unique. It’s a great way to own an original work.”

Here are a few other offerings from Gemini:

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Appointment 2000 by Robert Rauschenberg.

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Fireworks for President Clinton by James Rosenquist.

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White Line Square XVI by Josef Albers.

OK, I’ll be back tomorrow, probably with a little more art talk, unless I get a chunk of time to look over the back issues of Metropolis that I have sitting at my desk!

Stay cool!

Jen Bekman from Personism.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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