Benefit Prints for Your Benefit

Artnet‘s resident print expert Deborah Ripley isolates the art bargains in benefit prints that could have been easily obtained during the Armory Week fairs. Now you’ll have to track some down, and, maybe pay a little bit more:

  • At Pulse, for instance, while on your way to the café, be sure to check out the Art in General benefit edition byPae White, a star of both the Whitney show and the recent Venice Biennale. Her bronze table sculpture of a Sycamore leaf, done in an edition of 20, is $1,800.
  • At the booth around the corner is the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s newest fundraising edition: “Photography Portfolio IV,” a collection of works by ten blue chip contemporaries, including Roni Horn,Louise Lawler, Richard Misrach and Paul Pfeiffer. Ordinarily priced at $24,000, BAM is offering a special fair discount price of $18,000.
  • Speaking of the Armory Show, print dealers there were snapping up Matt Mullican’s new etching, I Love Coffee, published by the Institute of Contemporary Art in London to accompany the artist’s exhibition, “For the Blind Man,” which closed Jan. 31, 2010. This little jewel — and who could disagree with its sentiment? — is priced at $270, as is Matthew Brannon’s print, Misused Pronoun.
  • Next to the VIP lounge at the Armory Show,Yvonne Force’s Art Production Fund is offering a wide selection of beach towels by artists, priced at $95 and a perfect preparation for the coming summer. Included are designs by Peter Doig,Karen KilimnikRaymond PettibonElizabeth Peyton and Ed Ruscha. And what bather wouldn’t want to rub up against Ed Ruscha?

Paper Chase (Artnet.com)