Living with Art: Emerging Artists

Living with Art: Emerging Artists

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 28, 2005

Today's installment of Living with Art focuses on galleries in NYC where you can find work by emerging artists at reasonable prices. It's not meant to be a comprehensive overview by any means - I'll just be talking about places I know about, artists I like, with a bit about my own gallery thrown in for good measure. Please chime in with your own resources in the comments thread.

There are lots of opportunities to buy art at reasonable prices, and I'll cover a variety of them in later installments, but buying the work of emerging artists is the way that's nearest and dearest to my heart.

It's money well spent and it has a direct impact on that artist's ability to continue to make new work, or to work less at their boring day job or even just to get some encouragement that they might be able to make a living doing what they love. It's patronage on a very direct level - when you buy work through a gallery that supports and shows new talent, you're supporting that specific artist and a business which is committed to showcasing emerging talent.

Showing new work has always been a central part of the program at jen bekman. It's an exciting opportunity for me to connect with new artists and new collectors, and I really enjoy both relationships. I've done a number of different types of shows and events to showcase emerging talent: each solo show that I've had at the gallery has been that particular artist's debut solo show in a NYC gallery; Pin Up shows offer work from dozens of artists all priced under a set amount (usually $600 or less), the showcases for winners of the Hey, Hot Shot competition are also priced affordably.

Here are a few other places which feature emerging artists:

Yancey Richardson shows work by many well-established (and pricier) photographers, but she also represents many talented artists who are relatively early on in their careers. Lisa Kereszi had a solo show there not long ago, and her photos are still quite affordable.

Mixed Greens is on a mission to entirely demystify the process of buying art. They have loads of inventory viewable online, interviews with collectors, and you can also search for art by price size or subject.

Foley Gallery is a newish space in Chelsea. Michael Foley, the founder was formerly a Director at Yancey Richardson. He's had a series of terrific shows by emerging artists like Bart Michiels.

Margaret Thatcher Projects represents emerging and mid-career artists in a variety of media. One of my favorites in William Steiger.

Pierogi Gallery in Williamsburg offers an enormous array of work via their Flat Files. From their site: "The Pierogi Flat Files began with the idea of making artwork available to a larger audience. It was first exhibited at Four Walls in Brooklyn, and consisted of 20 artist portfolios. Since that time curators, collectors, critics, dealers, and the general public have seen work from the file which has grown to include the work of over 700 artists."

So, there's a sampling for you. Again, please chime in with your own resources in the comments thread below!

Jen Bekman of Personism.

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