Find Art in NYC Without Breaking the Bank

If you’re trying to find art in NYC and you’re on a budget, you’re in luck. NYC is one of the best places in the world to find amazing art at prices most people can afford. The following list of sources is a great place to start.

If you’re trying to find art, New York City is one of the best places in the world to be, even if you’re on a budget. Beautiful, thought-provoking art can help a home come alive, and thanks to the sheer number of sources in NYC, it’s available at any budget.

Outer-Borough Art Galleries

Soho and Tribeca aren’t the only spots in town where you can find art. Set your sights on galleries borough wide. As downtown became more unattainable to struggling artists, many of them headed out to the outer boroughs. Some of the best up-and-coming artists are showcasing their works in galleries in Bushwick, The Bronx, Long Island City, and Bed Stuy. The Richard Beavers Gallery on Marcus Garvey Boulevard in Bed Stuy is known for its relaxed, friendly vibe that welcomes all, while showcasing amazing local talent and art at relatively affordable prices.

Affordable Art Fair NYC

September 28 – October 2, 2016
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York

The Affordable Art Fair’s mission is to introduce present and future art patrons to the works of undiscovered or little-known artists. The fair is held in major cities all over the world, including Amsterdam, Brussels, and London. Usually held annually at the Metropolitan Pavilion when it’s here in the city, it provides you with an opportunity to pay as little as $100 or as much as $10,000 for beautiful works of art. You can read more about the fair’s missions as well as about events past on present on its blog.

RARE Gallery

547 West 27th Street, No. 514, New York

Up-and-coming artists specializing in unique media are the name of the game at Chelsea-based gallery RARE. Rather than dealing exclusively with painters or sculptors, RARE profiles artists who explore new ways to explore their creativity, like Jin Lim’s brilliantly colorful holographic series. Being able to catch a brilliant, up-and-coming artist on the rise is a great way to build an art collection without breaking the budget.

Art Auctions

You hear “Sotheby’s or Christies’ and you think, “Welp! Out of my range!” But that’s not necessarily the case at all. Sure, auction houses are where you hear about the sale of exorbitantly priced paintings like Jackson Pollock’s “No.5, 1948” — an intensely complex abstract Expressionist piece owned and sold by music mogul David Geffen in 2006 through Southeby’s for $140 million. While it’s true that elite auction houses handle the big money art transactions, they also host the sale of much more reasonably priced pieces, even those from “name” artists. Called day sales, these auctions take place during the day and offer an opportunity for art lovers to buy key pieces from top artists for much lower prices than pieces sold in the evening.

Artists and Fleas

Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
70 North 7th Street, Brooklyn

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Chelsea Market
88 10th Avenue @W 15th Street, New York
Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A laid-back, indoor market only open on weekends at the Williamsburg location, the Artists & Fleas market is a great place to get beautiful, unique clothes, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind art. Whether you’re looking for abstract art or black-and-white photographic prints, you’ll find it here.

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