Saturday, October 27, 2012

For rent: Art

With a limited budget you can still display original art at home that can be changed whenever you want to see something new. How so? By renting art, as reported in the New York Times. Artsicle in New York offers art for as little as $25 a month and delivery is free. In San Francisco, subscriptions to Artify It start at $50 a month and the first delivery and installation are free. If you fall in love with your rented art, you can buy it. Artsicle has a quiz in which you choose from a series of images to determine your art style. That didn't work for me as it concluded I was a lover of "classic" art, not exactly my sweet spot. Perusing the site on my own worked better, yielding the top three images: Island World by Ken Kocses, $35 rent/$850 purchase; Eve at Six by Casey Kelbaugh, $35/$750; and Gummies II by Suzy Kopf, $65/$500. The bottom three are from Artify It: Blending In, 2005 by Lauren Hartman, $50/$1,200; NASCAR Man by Jack Miller, $150/$12,000; and In Concert, 2009 also by Mr. Miller, $150/$14,000.

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