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Cool Stuff: Affordable contemporary art for your apartment
The website provides info about the works and the artists who produce them, along with a spotlight on an artist, a guest curator and information on upcoming private sales. Like other such websites, you can browse by collection (artist), price (starting at around $100 and going to $10k+) or medium. Artspace curators work with museums, galleries and cultural institutions, such as the Brooklyn Museum and the Guggenheim, and the artists who show there to select a collectible work--they are all prints--to be sold on the site.
By contrast, NYC (for now)-based Artsicle.com lets wannabe collectors rent the works of emerging artists for $50 a month, with no limit to the rental period and the option to buy. Another Netflix-like art market, Turning Art, supplies the frame and then allows you to swap same-size prints at lest once every three months, depending on your subscription plan. All the money you spend may be credited toward the purchase of a print, with prices ranging from $500 to $5,000. Bottom line: There is almost no excuse for "artless" walls anymore.
(DailyCandy.com; Artspace.com; previously)