Art | E-cquisitions

A new artwork every week from an intriguing online venture

Limited-edition artworks with a personal seal of approval

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A new artwork every week from an intriguing online venture

Image: © Exhibition A

March 03 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

“Temporary Contemporary” is how husband-and-wife duo Bill Powers (owner of New York’s Half Gallery) and Stateside fashion designer Cynthia Rowley sum up Exhibition A, their new online art venture. Inspired by the popularity of members-only “flash sales”, the website débuts just one or two new limited-edition contemporary artworks or open-edition formats a week, with prices ranging from as little as $100 to $300 for works on paper, and up to $500 for canvases.

Artists are chosen with the proviso that one member of the team (Powers and Rowley work with one other colleague, Laura Martin) either collects, shows or knows them personally, and, so far, the artists in question have varied from Lady Gaga collaborator Terence Koh (second picture shows his print, Big White Cock), painter Richard Phillips, knit artist Jim Drain and mixed-media artist Nate Lowman, all of whom are represented in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Limited-edition artworks including Boat (first picture, $450) by poet and artist René Ricard – which combines a midcentury seascape with his signature bold cursive text (“but you love me… you said so”) – generally arrive with a certificate of authenticity that is signed and numbered by the artist; open editions are usually stamp-signed and delivered with a certificate of authenticity.

The sleek website also features a Q&A series in which collectors – including auction-house chairman Simon de Pury, actress Piper Perabo and fashion designer Jeremy Sanders – share an insight on art, culture and collecting, plus an art insider’s diary by Bill Powers.