Is it just me, or does buying art always feel a bit overwhelming? No doubt my favorite way to purchase great pieces is while I am on the road. But this globe-trotting strategy always leaves me wondering: Did I get the right piece? Did I overpay? Did I miss a real gem?
Enter Cynthia Rowley, my friend and fellow world traveler, and her husband Bill Powers, co-owner of NYC’s hip Half Gallery, who have made buying contemporary art a snap. Together with business partner Laura Martin, the stylish duo recently launched Exhibition A, an online art marketplace that targets first-time and seasoned collectors in search of affordable works by emerging artists.
Named after Andy Warhol’s novel A, the platform offers visitors the chance to buy signed limited-edition prints by the likes of David LaChapelle, René Ricard (pictured above) and Nate Lowman, priced anywhere from $100 to $1,000. Rowley and Powers, who raise their young daughters around eclectic pieces in their West Village home, believe art should free one’s mind — not exactly an approach favored by austere galleries.
Exhibition A’s friendly business model aims to make collecting art an accessible, if not aspirational, endeavor. And the best part of all, you don’t have to worry about lugging your finds back home!
For more artsy finds, read my latest “Get Cultured” issue of The Travel Curator.