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Saving on Art the Old-Fashioned Way

November 24, 2009
An untitled piece by a (for now) anonymous artist, part of the Art Barter Event in London.Courtesy of Art BarterAn untitled piece by a (for now) anonymous artist, part of the Art Barter Event in London.

LONDON | For those of you with a desire to collect art despite the recessionary pinch, here is a solution that doesn’t require dipping into your wallet. The Art Barter Event, an art fair where you can pay in imaginative goods and services rather than cash, is taking place at the Rag Factory (16-18 Heneage Street, E1 5LJ; 44-20-7650-8749 ;www.ragfactory.org.uk), a former studio on Brick Lane, from Nov. 27 to 29.

Fifty artists, from big names (Tracey Emin) to up-and-comers, (Boo Saville) offer pieces — without titles or artists’ names attached — that people can then bid for. The idea is to encourage people to pursue works they genuinely like, rather than being drawn to a recognizable signature.

The public then fills special “barter forms” that they pin to a bulletin board, proposing their juiciest offers on the art (say, French lessons or a personal massage).

Read more at: Saving on Art the Old-Fashioned Way – Globespotters Blog

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