City Pulse

By Kelley Hoffman


Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres La Grande Odalisque

So, you’re thinking of starting your own art collection? Maybe you saw a Picasso in a friend’s living room, and afterwards your own MoMa postcard-decorated walls started to seem, well, more than a little disparaging. While art collecting is an inspiring task,there just might be none more daunting. Even a spontaneous interest in a street artist’s painting can be a humbling experience upon discovering the well-meditated asking price. With all the extremities in the New York art world, it can be a real challenge to try to find your niche as a novice. But don’t lose hope! Even if you aren’t a cash money millionaire, you can still have something equally, if not more valuable: the hustle. This includes knowing what you want, what you can get, and where you can get it. So read up on your Art Forums and old art history texts, and follow the game plan I’ve listed to help you get started.

You and Me and Everyone We Know:
Tap into your own resources! Who do you know is producing art–old friend from college, co-worker? Check out their work, commission them, or set up a trade!

Art School Confidential
The city hosts countless MFA shows every year. Here’s a chance to grab a piece before an artist turns into a super star. Check out NYU, Columbia, Hunter, Pratt, Parson’s, and SVA as just a to start.


Cathy Daley courtesy of Birch Libralato (AAF). Untitled.

Fair Games
Mark your calendars, June 14-17, the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) will be in town to sell contemporary art in all mediums from over sixty galleries. Mingle with experienced or other new collectors and share the delight of prices ranging from $100-$5,000.

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York City
June 14-17 2007
$12 a day

Gallery Gander
Mixed Greens Gallery focuses a specialized attention on the young, new collector. Hip curators plus user-friendly catalogues (hello cute room mock-ups suggesting how to display the art) equals a fun place to being your search.

Mixed Greens
531 West 26th Street

The Auction House Rules
The world’s leading auction house, Christie’s, hosts an incredible selection of prints, whether they be Contemporary, Americana, 19th or 20th century, or decorative antique. Check out their site for their prices and upcoming sales on some of the finest prints available.
10 Rockefeller Plaza

Remember, you should be sure you’re in love before you purchase a piece. You should be able to come back to it over the years and have it still be meaningful, ever inspiring, and full of answers. Like imagining yourself getting divorced from the person you’re planning on marrying, make sure you’re gonna stick with the commitment. Otherwise, you might just be better off with postcards.

Originally published January 2007
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