Where to Buy Affordable Art for Your Unaffordable Apartment

Where to Buy Affordable Art for Your Unaffordable Apartment

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We've rounded up 14 of our favorite places to shop for affordable prints, photos, paintings, wall hangings, sculptures, and more—from home goods stores with excellent selections of original works, to museum gift shops and Lower East Side print collectives

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    Bypass the skulls and taxidermy and head to the poster section, where you’ll find reprints of European botanical and zoological educational charts from the ‘50s and ‘60s. [Photo]
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    Founded by Kyle DeWoody and Artlog’s Manish Vora, Grey Area specializes in everyday objects interpreted through an arty lens. New additions to the Fort Greene showroom include silk-screened skateboards (meant for displaying, not riding), splatter-paint-covered paper fans, and resin blocks studded with suspended pills. [Photo]
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    South Street Seaport newcomer Whisper Editions taps artists and designers to create limited-run products, which run the gamut from gold-dipped feather wall hangings to moody surf photo prints. [Photo]
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    Williamsburg’s Pierogi gallery is famous for its flat files—chests of drawers full of drawings, paintings, photos and prints, most of which are under $400. Stop by, slip on some white gloves, and get digging, or browse a selection of the works online. [Photo ]
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    This Ditmas Park home goods shop is named after two legendary hoarders, so it's only fitting that it's packed to the rafters with art. Expect to find original abstract paintings by Maya Strauss, framed Coral and Tusk embroideries, and photo collages by Emily Johnston. There are plenty of pieces in the $150 to $500 range, although some original works do pass the $1,000 mark. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
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    Minimalists can go nuts (in a restrained sort of way) at the Noguchi Museum gift shop. The Long Island City spot is home to its namesake’s pared-down light sculptures, as well as an array of abstract Japanese prints. [Photo ]
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    This gallery specializes in original works by emerging contemporary American artists, meaning the prices aren’t rock bottom. But for significantly less than the cost of an ‘It’ bag (aka, around the $1000 mark) you can pick up a piece that’s way cooler than your typical over-the-couch fare. [Photo]
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    Printed Matter is a go-to for rare art books and limited-run zines, but the Chelsea shop also carries a top notch selection of posters. The non-profit bookstore often raises money through the sale of editioned artworks, and heavy-hitters like Richard Prince, Kiki Smith, and Cindy Sherman are just a few of the artists who have contributed exclusive prints. [Photo]
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    Yes, this store is run by Damien Hirst, an artist not exactly known for his affordability (diamond-encrusted skulls don’t come cheap). But Other Criteria also serves as a showcase for works by Hirst’s lesser-known pals. A recent visit turned up Confetti System garlands, frame-worthy Peregrine Honig scarves, and silicone sculptures by Jane Simpson. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
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    Orchard Street’s Coming Soon traffics in home goods, but wedged between the reupholstered ‘70s Italian furniture and enamel saucepans you’ll find decorative treasures like Chen & Kai wall hangings, geodes with tiny sculptures hidden inside, and obsidian pyramids. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
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    Beam's buyers favor $20 slap-in-the-face motivational posters (sample slogan: "Constantly fucking challenge yourself."), framed parakeet wings ($420), and laser-cut wood prints ($195). The Williamsburg shop is also home to an impressive collection of neon signs and decorative plates worthy of a spot on your home gallery wall. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]
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