Shopping for art is tricky. On the one hand, we know it?s an investment and we totally want artists to be paid fairly for their work. On the other hand, original art can be really expensive. Luckily, we?ve found three new price-conscious ways to own the pieces we love.
Uprise Art Buying art on an installment plan might seem counterintuitive, but that?s exactly the model proposed by this free-to-join members-only website. Browse ever-changing works by up-and-coming artists (we?re obsessed with this piece by New York-based Lauren Matsumoto) and then pay $50 a month toward the full cost of the work (generally $1,000 to $10,000).
Artsicle Essentially the Netflix of the gallery world, this online service enables users to borrow works indefinitely at a starting rate of $25 per month. And should you fall in love with the amazing mixed media canvas you?re trying out over your sofa, you can buy it from the website and make it yours forever.
American Flat This new e-commerce site seeks to ?make art accessible and affordable for everyone,? a feat they achieve by reproducing museum- and gallery-quality pieces via a unique giclée ink-jet printing production process. The for-sale results ($90 to $250) end up looking awfully high-end, despite their relatively inexpensive price tags.