Best shops for affordable art

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  • Jay East

  • Posteritati

  • Posteritati

  • Art Addiction

  • Printed Matter

  • Tiny Showcase

  • Nonsensical by Chad Hagen at 20x200

  • Dissention by Daupo at Flux Factory

  • Swallow Gallery

Jay East


Jay East
Statues, sculptures and wood carvings at these East Asian havens start at $60—a small price to pay for a little Zen in your life. Take special notice of the large wood panels ($500 and up): The pieces were taken from Chinese homes (prior to demolition) and can be hung as wall art or used as headboards. 67 Jay St between Front and Water Sts (718-237-8430) * 253 Greenpoint Ave at Provost St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-6782) *

Hey, movie buffs and film fanatics, check out the original 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea poster ($250) —it's here in good condition. The gallery's impressive collection houses more than 9,000 items, with new posters in daily. 239 Centre St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-226-2207,

The shop formerly known as Art:asap may have changed ownership, but it's still providing every art service under the sun (well, almost). The gallery does custom framing, consultation and installation, and carries a huge array of prints, original canvas paintings, and photography (starting at $200). And that's not even the half of it. 7 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, suite 513 (212-956-0805,

Printed Matter
More than 15,000 artists' titles are available for in-store thumbing or purchase at this Chelsea art bookstore, with most publications falling between $10 and $40. The nonprofit organization also has a collection of funky artwork for sale via its website. 195 Tenth Ave between 21st and 22nd Sts (212-925-0325,

Impel Ink
You really want that photo of you and Bugs Bunny to last forever, don't you? Upload it to Impel Ink's website, choose from seven visual effects (sepia tones, puzzle pieces—you get the idea), three metal surfaces and several sizes, then wait for your photo to be laminated and shipped to you. The end product, depending on what you choose, could be a periwinkle mosaic or a straight-up reproduction (an 8.5" x 11" satin gold metal print, for example, is $145). Either way, you and Bugs have got yourselves a resilient piece of wall art.

Wants for Sale
Maybe $5.85 sounds like your nightly allowance for a cup of Pinkberry. What about $5.85 for a painting of a cup of frozen yogurt? Actually, it's already sold, sorry. And artist couple Christine and Justin Gignac have already digested that fro-yo treat on somebody else's dime. That's how Wants for Sale works: The couple paints what they'd like to get their hands on next, puts the painting for sale on their website and then waits. A Little Shopping in Soho (20" x 10"; $2,500) is one of the pair's current desires. But it's not all about them: Needs for Sale takes the same idea—paintings priced true to the object they depict—and applies it to charities like Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots.,

Tiny Showcase
Clued-in collectors and art newbies alike wait with bated breath all week. Come Tuesday evening, when Tiny Showcase unveils the limited-edition print, always smaller than 10" x 10" and usually $25 or less, it's typically a matter of minutes before the work sells out. A weekly newsletter promises a heads-up on a print's information and release time, but you have to act fast to snatch up one of the 100 to 200 reproductions created. In 2005, Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea'la Finch, the site's creators, decided to put a percentage of sales toward the spotlight artist's charity of choice.

20x200 ups the Tiny Showcase ante by unveiling two new pieces—one photograph and one work on paper—--every Tuesday and Wednesday at 2pm. The site's moniker comes from the original setup: An edition of 200 goes for 20 bucks per reproduction (8" x 10"). Jen Bekman, site creator and gallery owner, has since mixed up the editions and prices, but the founding principle remains true: Artists and people looking to buy art have an open marketplace in which to play.

The Swallow Gallery
Feast your eyes on glass and ceramic objects from artists around the world, as well as owner Ria Charisse's own work. Porcelain bowls and translucent vases vary in shape and size and start at $60 online. 361 Smith St at 2nd St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-222-8201,

Flux Factory
Fifteen years old this year, Flux Factory is a nonprofit organization devoted to artist growth and general wackiness. Artwork is available year-round at, and the annual art auction, for which 125 artists submit one or two pieces for bidding, is scheduled to take place in February. 39-31 29th St between 39th and 40th Aves, Long Island City, Queens (718-707-3362,

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