20×200‘s formula: (limited editions × low prices) + the internet = art for everyone
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Buying art can be intimidating. And expensive. I’ve shown my own work in galleries and I still don’t like walking into them. Since 2007, 20×200 has worked hard to take the intimidation out of collecting and to make art affordable for everyone. They offer hundreds of works in all styles, with more added every week, from emerging artists to the internationally known.
Each piece that 20×200 sells is part of a limited edition series and comes with a signed and numbered certificate from the artist. The works come in a variety of sizes – I’ve seen 8”x10” to 80”x60” – and you can have 20×200 mat and frame them for you.
Dappered is offering the chance to win $200 to use at 20×200. Here are a few suggestions on how to spend it:
The work of Corinne Vionnet looks at our photograph-happy culture and the compulsion to take the same photo that thousands have taken before. She pulls thousands of photos of famous tourist icons – such as the Eifel Tower and the Las Vegas sign -from publicly available photo-sharing websites for her series Photo Opportunities. Vionnet then carefully layers these anonymous snapshots together into hazy, impressionistic images that capture quintessential tourist scenes. $60 will get you an 11″x14″ print. $185 gets you that same print matted and framed.
David Salle is a prominent American artist whose work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, among many others. “Plank” is an excellent example of Salle’s method of juxtaposing and overlaying images in his paintings to create surprising, even unsettling, connections.
Photographer Taca Zhijie Sui takes inspiration for this series of beautiful and quietly evocative photographs from The Book of Odes, a collection of ancient Chinese poetry dating back thousands of years. This is a great opportunity to get multiple works from one series, while one of them framed will cost $185. Clockwise from top: Lake of Tears, White Dew, Awaken
Win it: To enter to win the $200 gift certificate to 20×200.com, send your first and last name in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org w/ the subject: “Art“. One entry per person. Deadline: 11:59pm E.T. 9/26/12.
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UPDATE: Congrats to Brian L. who won the random drawing for the 20×200 credit. Thanks again to 20×200!