Decorating your new apartment is the first step toward making it feel like home. But if the many costs of living in New York City leave you with a limited budget, going to your local art dealer might be out of your price range. However, there are alternatives: here are some great ideas for where to buy affordable art in NYC to brighten up your loft.
New York Affordable Art Fair
Since 1999, every spring and fall the Flatiron District has hosted the New York Affordable Art Fair, featuring over 70 local, national, and international galleries and pieces from hundreds of original artists. For an $18 ticket, you can browse a variety of artistic styles while experiencing live performances from artists and musicians. As the name implies, the quality original pieces are all reasonably priced, starting around $100.
Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour
Purchasing pieces straight from the artist is a reliable way to keep prices low. The Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour—or T.O.A.S.T.—is an annual art walk through the trendy, artistic Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan. This community-driven studio tour, founded in 1996 by the artists themselves and run by the nonprofit Tribeca Artwalk, is an excellent opportunity to view firsthand the historic lofts and workspaces of Tribeca’s artists. The tour is free, and many artists will have affordable art displayed for visitors to buy.
Bushwick Open Studios
Bushwick Open Studios is the largest open studio event in New York City, taking place every summer since 2007 in Brooklyn’s creative Bushwick neighborhood. The arts and culture festival runs through the weekend, featuring performances, events, and panels coordinated by the volunteer organization Arts in Bushwick. Low-priced art is easy to find in the variety of studios and galleries open for viewing.
Art School Shows
M.F.A. candidates in art schools all around New York City participate in art shows nearing the end of their semester, displaying their work for affordable prices. Schools like Pratt Institute, Parsons, the School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts have lists of student shows on their websites. These student shows are a great place to peruse up-and-coming young artists and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the students.
When you’re searching for the perfect piece for your home, the studios and galleries that dot the city are the best place to buy affordable art in NYC. Tribeca House’s no-fee luxury apartments are located right in the hub of the creative Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan, where you can purchase original art steps away from your front door. Contact us or visit today to find the best apartment for your artistic style.