Street Art Goes Mainstream - artmarketblog.com Works by Banksy may have struggled to find buyers of late due to issues regarding authenticity but in general, urban graffiti and street art continue to attract plenty of attention and money
News-Antique.com - Oct 12,2008 - Works by Banksy may have struggled to find buyers of late due to issues regarding authenticity but in general, urban graffiti and street art continue to attract plenty of attention and money. The NY Times recently featured an article about the street artist Shepard Fairey titled Closer to Mainstream, Still a Bit Rebellious which is about the increasing amount of recogntion that Fairey is receiving from the mainstream art world. The article notes that “He also has a new book, “E Pluribus Venom,” of work from his 2007 exhibition in New York, and in February the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston will host his first solo museum show, “Supply and Demand.” Considering the attention that Shepard Fairey has been receiving of late one can’t help but determine that his work is a good investment. Most of small edition prints at the artist’s website obeygiant.com have sold out but there is still one left for those smart people who purchase one of the artists works.
You can also get some nice Shepard Fairey prints here:
According to an article in the UK Telegraph, graffiti artist D*Face has just had a sell out show at the Black Rat Press (http://www.blackratpress.com) gallery in London where Banksy collector Christina Aguilera purchased one the works in the show. If you are unfamiliar with the work of D*FACE then check out this interview with him on the Fecal Face website:
For those collectors and investors wanting a piece of the D*Face auction check out the Hoody Art website which has some really nice D*Face limited edition works for sale which can be viewed here:
Or you could try these other online stores for other D*Face editions:
The nature of street/urban/graffiti art lends it’s self well to the print medium and have proven to be a good investment but it is the original works of art that undoubtedly have the highest potential for significant increases in value. The best online gallery for original street/urban/graffiti art is the Lazarides Galleries whose website can be found here: http://www.lazinc.com/available-art/original-art/
Happy collecting and investing !!
Marilyn Shredded by D*Face
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications