NOVEMBER/DECEMBER EDITION 2009:
The Seeking Art Bargain Basement has hundreds of works by almost 50 artists, all for sale at $200 and under (with a lot in the $10-$75 range). Now’s the perfect time to start your art collection (or start someone else’s collection for them).
All proceeds from the sale go to the artist.
Open Saturdays from 1pm to 6pm or by appointment.
3219-21 South Morgan Street
Chicago Illinois, 60608
Contact Ed Marszewski at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Contact me at email@example.com for more information.
CALL-FOR-ENTRY: SEEKING ART BARGAIN BASEMENT
In Co-operation with Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Select Media Festival
Artists, need CASH?? Do you have surplus ART?? Clear out your studios and make way for new work while earning extra cash to continue your practice — the Seeking Art Bargain Basement is back!
Originally located in a booth at Version Festival’s NFO XPO in April 2009, this experimental art space is returning, this time in the storefront at Co-Prosperity Sphere. The Bargain Basement will have a grand re-opening on November 20th to coincide with the Select Media Festival and will remain open throughout the month for the holiday season.
Bargain basements first appeared in 1909 as an effort by department stores to move unwanted merchandise. Selling surplus goods at discounted prices cleared the way for new products, catered to the consumer’s desire to acquire hidden gems for less than their worth, and allowed lower-income shoppers to participate in the trendy new world of mass-produced goods. To celebrate the 100th anniversary, the Seeking Art Bargain Basement is applying the same economic and psychological principals to the art market, uniting artists’ leftover work with shoppers seeking affordable art. Unlike the products at Robb Pruitt’s “Flea Market” or Martha Rosler’s “Garage Sale,” the items at the Bargain Basement will be new, with the artists themselves determining the value of selling the work. All works will be accepted, inviting the viewer to participate in the process of discovery and the purchaser to determine what is of value as an art piece to them. All proceeds go directly to the artist.
In a world of simultaneous surplus and exclusion, the Bargain Basement seeks to raise issues inherent in today’s art market including the accessibility of art, the practice of limiting dispersal to drive up value, the economy of art objects (and art non-objects), the speculative nature of the art market, and whether there is a stigma for artists to exhibit or sell in certain venues.
The Seeking Art Bargain Basement is a project by Hui-min Tsen.
Past participants consisted of over 30 national and international artists including Alice Bradshaw, Sarah Bishop, Lisa Bulawsky, Helen Maurene Cooper, Alex Dean, Jonny Detiger, Rose DiSalvo, Alice Evans, Ellen Ferrin, Peter Hoffman, Amanda Innis, James Kao, Julia Klein, Jamie Kreher, Alex Lee, Lemeh 42 (Michele Santini & Lorenza Paolini), Johannah Silva, Wen-ti Tsen, Dan S. Wang, Philip von Zweck, and more.
Each work must be priced by the artist between $0 and $200 with all proceeds from the sale going directly to the artist. There is no entry fee for submissions, but all mailed entries must include return postage. Proceeds from sales will be sent back with any unsold work. All mediums are accepted (framed or unframed) including sketches, multiples, prints, posters, books, partial editions, unfinished series, rough drafts, remnants and documentation, artists proofs, paintings, sculptures, etc. Multiple submission accepted from each artist. A TV and VCR will be on site for screening audio and visual submissions.
All submissions should include the name of the piece, series (if applicable), email or website of the artist, year, and price. If you are willing to accept offers on a lower price, include a note with the lowest price you are willing to accept. Please include protective sleeves and cardboard whenever possible, to help insure work does not get damaged during the show.
All work must be received before November 13th, 2009
Artists, need CASH?? Do you have surplus ART?? Clear out your studios and make way for new work by selling your outdated, rejected, and remaindered art for cash in the Seeking Art Bargain Basement!
Seeking Art Bargain Basement: The first bargain basements appeared in 1909 as an effort by department stores to move unwanted merchandise. †Selling surplus goods at discounted prices cleared the way for new products, catered to the consumer’s desire to acquire hidden gems for less than their worth, and allowed lower-income shoppers to participate in the trendy new world of mass-produced goods. †The Seeking Art Bargain Basement is applying the same economic and psychological principles to the art market by uniting artist’s leftover work with shoppers seeking affordable art. Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the bargain basement by exploring the model of recycling unwanted objects and challenging the notion that certain items are only for the wealthy.
Details: All work will be accepted, including sketches, old prints, works-in-progress, and multiple submissions by one artist. Work may be priced at any amount under $100, with all money going to the artist. To submit, include all info on the back of this flyer with your piece and contact info or a SASE for the return of unsold work. Pick ups can be arranged within the Chicago area or mail work to: Seeking Art, 7314 N. Bell Ave, Chicago, IL 60645.
For more information, visit versionfest.org or huimintsen.com.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule a pick up.
Deadline: April 20.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS – November/December Edition
Lisa Anderson/ Adriana Baltazar/ Irmaly Brackin/ Nathan Brines/
Timothy L. Campbell/
Usama Haddad/ Annie Hogan/
Alex Lee/ Nate Lee/
Sara Lynch/ Laura Venestra Montgomery/
Johannah Silva/ Eduardo de Soignie/
Dan S. Wang/
Jay Zerbe, and more.