Replica modern art on the cheap

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  1. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Art is not always expensive. I have this little gallery near where I live which has an unlimited supply of modern artists, and the cost will run you between 60 and 600 euros depending on the size of the painting. A 80 by 60 will be 250.
    And you can always paint it yourself, of course. A huge canvas of two horizontal stripes of different colours won't be that hard nor expensive. [​IMG]

    !luc
     


  2. faustian bargain

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    Art is not always expensive. I have this little gallery near where I live which has an unlimited supply of modern artists, and the cost will run you between 60 and 600 euros depending on the size of the painting. A 80 by 60 will be 250.
    And you can always paint it yourself, of course. A huge canvas of two horizontal stripes of different colours won't be that hard nor expensive. [​IMG]

    !luc


    oh. one of those 'horizontal' guys.

    please, vertical is the only way to go. [​IMG]
     


  3. shoreman1782

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    I definitely feel that there is a difference between an original work and a knockoff, though I see j's point. It's great that Duchamp's readymades command high prices. Duchamp may also have wanted to know if you'd pay a lot for a urinal if he signed it.

    I think it's all relative. Yeah, $400 isn't much for an original painting (and that's the low, low end), but it's still $400, and a print is $30 ($100 framed), and a knockoff/homemade could be even cheaper. And something done at home could have some folk art appeal, no?

    When it comes down to it, I'd rather try something abstract myself than actually try to imitate. For decorating a model home or something, you could choose colors that would complement the place. A little tape and a little imagination, I think it could look good. Hell, just use wall paint--I think good-sized canvasses from art supplies stores are $20-$30.
     


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    Personally, I think it more points out the absurdity of calling it art, but that's just my opinion.
    I agree completely.

    Kent, I'll paint you some squares
     


  6. designprofessor

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    If you go the do -it yourself route, you'll get just that. a painting that looks cheap and like it was done with masking tape. any of you can PM me, I've got acces to lots of originals that are affordable. (Not mine and no I don't make commission) I teach talented people daily that do great work similar to what you are looking for and they would love to sell a work!

    And for the record, Mondrian painted those works by hand not by masking tape.They are beautifull in their precision and build up of paint surface. In his case it would be way off base to confuse apparent simplicity with lack of skill or easy duplication.

    my vote is to buy original.
     


  7. shoreman1782

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    designprofessor, thanks for weighing in. I think there would be some interest here in purchasing art-school originals, though shipping might be a hassle.

    I wrote a longer reply, but condensed, I do want to say: I understand that there is craftsmanship in some deceptively simple art, just as there is in more tradtitional representational art. And I'm aware of the role of context and theory in the "importance" of art objects. However, some of us are just in it for pretty or interesting looking things to put in our houses. How bourgeois [​IMG]
     


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    designprofessor, thanks for weighing in. I think there would be some interest here in purchasing art-school originals, though shipping might be a hassle.

    I wrote a longer reply, but condensed, I do want to say: I understand that there is craftsmanship in some deceptively simple art, just as there is in more tradtitional representational art. And I'm aware of the role of context and theory in the "importance" of art objects. However, some of us are just in it for pretty or interesting looking things to put in our houses. How bourgeois [​IMG]


    That's cool. I think the whole process of buying art needs to be de -mystified somewhat. As with the clothing on this forum, you guys know from experience that some great deals can be had with some information and a few tips.
    I hate to see you guys running around in bespoke clothing,
    a nice thick silk tie, and a shine on your brogues, only to go home to some crappy art.[​IMG] Just drop me a line, I'll see what I can do.
    dprof
     


  9. faustian bargain

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    as recent as a few weeks ago i had this random notion that it would be interesting to open a little art gallery that only sold student and recent graduate work from CCAC and Berkeley, the two schools at either end of College Ave here in Oakland/Berkeley. I have no idea if it would even pay the rent, but it's fun to think about.

    Despite what I may have implied earlier, i really do prefer authenticity of some sort if i'm going to hang art on the wall. there's much more meaning, and less guilt, to it when there's some integrity involved.
     


  10. designprofessor

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    as recent as a few weeks ago i had this random notion that it would be interesting to open a little art gallery that only sold student and recent graduate work from CCAC and Berkeley, the two schools at either end of College Ave here in Oakland/Berkeley. I have no idea if it would even pay the rent, but it's fun to think about.

    Despite what I may have implied earlier, i really do prefer authenticity of some sort if i'm going to hang art on the wall. there's much more meaning, and less guilt, to it when there's some integrity involved.


    Could be a good idea. I mean if galleries in NY and London
    promote and cherry pick recent grads, no reason you couldn't give it a go. Perhaps even consulting /agent where you get a cut - but no show room. I would be more than happy to send some of my grads your way[​IMG]
     


  11. j

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    You might be able to do it online. If the person doing the picking had good enough taste, and/or could take requests such as "something about 3x5' with plum, bright green and cranberry colors" or whatever, designers might be interested in a service like that.
     


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    i'm kind of enamored with Hans Hofman's style (and the abstract expressionists that followed after him)...

    to someone who hasn't studied the history and the maning of it, the culture that surrounded it, it's all squares and circles and lines. I think getting into the art culture is rewarding - even just being able to go to galleries and have a firm grasp about what's good and bad. Laughing at people trying too hard to see into the art is a pleasant byproduct.

    Im in a similar boat - no money and I REALLY want some stuff to hang up on my walls. I think I'm going to make some silkscreen art for the walls over here in a similar vein of Ryan McGinness. I think knock offs are a bit tacky, but I see nothing wrong with works inspired by particular artists. Many successful artists started out making heavily inspired work from previous masters.
     


  13. Violinist

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    To me hanging art that fits the color scheme of a room is like listening to Muzak...

    But I can see why designers would be very interested in that, since it would make their lives easier.
     


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    I get mine made in Thailand and shipped to me.....I send the guy a high quality image of a painting and no matter how complicated it may be he repaints it in striking detail. Since I am in Thailand once a year or so I usually get them done when I go.....watching them recreate masterpieces by hand is truly phenomenal, and boy is it cheap. For instance, I had a Dali painting done which was roughly 3' x 4' in size and it cost me $150......I would feel bad about having these paintings "illegally" made, but hell, it is not like I am selling the things to people [​IMG]

    If any of you are interested I can get you the contact info. of the guy I use. I assume that any of you that have been to Thailand have seen the thousands of painting shops but the guy I use is great and reliable.....
     


  15. lawyerdad

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    Some sacrifices have to be made when one is stricken with poverty.
    Then why pay for canvas, which is relatively expensive? I mean, do what you like - it'll be hanging on your wall. But to me, it's a bit odd. I fail to see the advantage of a cheap imitation on canvas over a reproduction of an original.
     


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