San Francisco, CA and online
Need art? HANG ART is the place to go. There are more than 70 Bay Area artists shown at HANG ART in Union Square. They offer relatively low prices on high-quality art because they show under-exposed artists who have not yet built an extensive collector base.
You can even make sure that you love the art you choose before buying it -- HANG ART rents their paintings and sculpture. They will then apply 50% of the rental fees paid toward the purchase price.
HANG ART also hosts opening receptions for shows in their galleries, as well as collecting talks, artist panel discussions, and other public events. They continually update the inventory and the availability of each work on their website, and frequently bring in new guest artists.
(Edited from this post originally published 04.24.2006)