and the monolithic Star Princess gliding out to sea.
But we really loved the slightly cropped, serene image of the old, luxurious swimming pool, which Jeremy admitted he snapped on his wedding day, when he probably should have been focused on other things! We discovered Jeremy and his work through the online gallery 20x200.
Now, I’m a big believer in supporting creative friends and local artists. But if you are just initiating your art collection or interested in expanding the scope of your collection, 20x200 is a good place to start.
Jen Bekman, who also runs her own gallery on Spring Street in NYC, established 20x200 just five years ago. I suppose Jen’s idea was three-fold:to introduce young, lesser-known artists to a global audience;
to make original art, by both established and up-and-coming artists, affordable enough for all collectors;
and to rethink art as something everyone can enjoy every day in their own homes… instead of art as a commodity or possession of the elite.
20x200 “releases” new work each week, usually one photograph and one print. Prices run from $24 to $5000, with a huge selection for less than $250. I should explain that 20x200 is able to keep costs low by only offering prints… museum quality, limited-edition, artist supervised and signed prints, with archival inks on cotton rag paper. But still they are prints, essentially copies or renditions, as opposed to original prints, such as woodblocks and aquatints, directly created and manipulated by the artist.
|Beating the Rug by Ann Toebbe|
is a wonderful print based on her original oil painting.
|Vogue JUL07:pg 145 (Ripeness is All) by Lauren DiCiocco|
is mesmerizing. Lauren normally works in paint and mixed media.
Photography is one of those fields I am trying to better understand, so it’s great that 20x200 devotes so much energy to photographers at every stage of their careers. (Plus, without 20x200, most fine art photography would be priced well beyond my means.)
|We considered using Dorthe Alstrup's otherworldly|
Untitled, Swamp #2 in the foyer.
Several photographers from 20x200 and the Jen Bekman Gallery will be shown during the SHOTS and WORKS events, including
Beth Dow, from her In the Garden series;
|#4124, from the series House Hunting|
|Under Exposed is an exhibition of underwater photographs by David Doubilet,|
hanging from trees along Charlottesville's downtown pedestrian mall.