Getting your art collection started is often limited by your pocketbook. The only way I could afford my first large art purchase was because I bartered an artist friend for it. So what to do if you're art-friend-free and low on the benjamins? Why, turn to the internet, of course. One site that I'm in love with is 20x200.
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20x200 doesn't offer a ton of images that might overwhelm you. Instead, the site introduces one photo and one work on paper each week. Each of these images is available in three sizes.The smallest size is reprinted in the largest batch, at 200 prints, and sold at the lowest price – $20. (That's where the site's name comes from, by the way.) 20x200 also offers two larger sizes at 2 larger prices, for the more cash-heavy collector.
Jen Bekman, who started the art site, also has a small art gallery on the Lower East Side, which she opened five years ago to support emerging artists and collectors. In the April issue of Good magazine, she writes
"As we see it, there are a lot of people out there who want to sell their art and a lot of people who'd like to buy it. They just have a hard time finding each other. The internet is the perfect place to bring those people together, and we're exactly the right people to make it happen. We're passionate about art and the internet at 20x200. We're really excited about creating a place where almost any art lover can be an art collector."