New Year, New Resolutions | Becoming an Art Collector

by Lauren Durden in , , ,

For the year 2015 I've got 15 resolutions that I'm working on, some of those I'll share here on the site, and others are just for me, myself and I.

The first one I'm tackling is expanding what's on my walls and in my apartment beyond photos of friends and Ikea furniture. The goal is to transform my apartment into a more curated space, because that's what we're all about here at The Blvd; you curating the life you want to live right now, with the resources  you have.

The problem with this is that my resources for extras is generally pretty low. Living in NYC is understandably expensive, and purchasing art, nice furniture and collectibles for my apartment can be pricey. But fear not, newly-graduated-seemly-living-paycheck-to-paycheck friends! I've researched a few places from which you can purchase beautiful, affordable and even sometimes philanthropic pieces for your home or rental. 

All works shown below are below $150.00 and are currently available for purchase on each of the sites listed!

1. Artstar and The Little Collector - Artstar, and it's kid-friendly sister site, The Little Collector, are chock full of affordable art for purchase. Artstar is where the more adult-focused collections are kept, but there are more than a few pieces on The Little Collector that I've had my eye on. Prints, stuffed collectibles and other pieces starts as low as $50, but if you want to splurge on a limited edition, totally collectible and vintage Where the Wild Things Are prints they have those too. 


2. Artlifting - A friend introduced me to this site which sells works of art created by homeless, disabled or disadvantaged artists. Based in Boston, the site was founded by Liz Powers who saw the power of art through art therapy programs in shelters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When you purchase a piece from ArtLifting you'll not only have a wonderful piece for your place, you'll also be contributing to ArtLifting's mission to empower their community. 


3. 5 Pieces Gallery - 5 Pieces Gallery is dedicated to offering works by emerging artists with "great promise" online. While some pieces in 5 Pieces Gallery go well beyond $1000, there are more entry-level prices for those of us with smaller wallets in their under $250 category. 


4. Exhibition A - Exhibition A is all about affordable art. They state clearly that they're curating pieces for purchase to provide buyers an entry point into the contemporary art market, and they do well with pieces clocking in under $100 in many cases. You can search by your price point so that you don't accidentally fall in love with something beyond your budget, but browsing never hurt anyone either. 


Art Shown:

  1. Jardin du Luxembourg by Ludwig Favre & Giraffe's Paris Tea Time by Hayley Sarno
  2. Abstract 6 by June Yan
  3. Arrowhead by Stephanie Pyror
  4. Y by Erik Foss, signed by the artist
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