March 14, 2009

Over the last couple of weeks Sara and I have had lots of late night conversations with artists and gallerists from all over the world about the current state of the art market and where things might be headed.

One thing that's been surprising for us to hear is that quite a few galleries and artists are talking about cutting their prices for work from established artists.

Surprising because in the past it would be sacrilegious for a gallerist or artist who's built a base of collectors to even consider cutting prices on new work no matter how bad the environment was. For years we've heard gallerists say - "I'd rather go out of business then cut my artist's prices."

The reason for this has been that if you cut an artist's price you alienate the buyers who purchased similar sized work only months before. It's also seen a signal to collectors that the demand for the artist's work is waning.

But this year, with many galleries facing the real possibility of shutting their doors, the discussion of cutting prices has changed. Many gallerist and artists are admitting that the prices for a lot of the work over the past few years has been far too high, rose far too quickly, and now completely impossible to sustain. Seemingly overnight, many artists went from pricing their work at $3,000 to $30,000.

So what do these artists do now? That's what everyone is asking. Do they cut their prices so their galleries can try survive? Do they hold their prices and wait it out?

One European gallery told us that they were thinking of cutting prices by as much at 30% this year. They said:

"As an investment, art should be treated no different than a stock. Investments go up and down. Why shouldn't art? On the flip side - If you buy art not as an investment but because you love it, why should it matter to you if the price comes down? You bought it because you loved it, not because of it's value."

We'd love to hear more opinions of what people think. If you have some thoughts email us, send a note via Twitter to @MarcSchil, or post a message on to Wooster Collective Facebook page.

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November 23, 2008

You can learn more about Herb and Dorothy here.

Posted by marc at 6:15 PM in Collecting |


February 25, 2006

Returning to New York last week, we were pleased to see that the Faile Bunny Boy sculptures had arrived. As we mentioned back in January, working with Faile, we've secured 250 of the black Bunny Boy sculptures for sale exclusively on the Wooster website. To create the sculpture, Faile has taken their iconic Bunny Boy image and cast it into a 4.5 inch tall resin sculpture, with a total production run of 2000.

We started shipping them out this week. The Bunny Boy sculpture is $75 USD each including shipping and handling for all orders in the US and Canada only. Shipping to Europe is, unfortunately, an extra $50USD.

If you're interested in purchasing one, drop us an email at woostercollective@gmail.com. Once we receive your email, we'll send you an invoice via paypal.

Posted by marc at 7:49 AM in Collecting |


April 27, 2005

ARTIST: LOLO (Barcelona, Spain)

TITLE: "Cross"

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: It was back in December of last year that our friends Freaklub first introduced us to the work of their friend Lolo, a fellow artist in Barcelona. Lolo's work is incredibly playful and fun. You can read more about Lolo here, and here.

THE DETAILS: The artwork is 445 x 255 x 2 cm

THE PRICE: $500.00 USD plus shipping and insurance. The work will ship from Barcelona.

THE STATUS: AVAILABLE

Email all inquiries about this piece to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "LOLO - Cross" in the subject line

Posted by marc at 4:13 AM in Collecting |


ARTIST: LOLO (Barcelona, Spain)

TITLE: "SPRAY CAN #1"

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: It was back in December of last year that our friends Freaklub first introduced us to the work of their friend Lolo, a fellow artist in Barcelona. Lolo's work is incredibly playful and fun. We've been a fan of Lolo's painted spray cans for a while so we're extremely happy to have one of them included in Wooster: Collecting. You can read more about Lolo here, and here.

THE DETAILS: The artwork is a painted spray can. The size is 19 x 65 cm

THE PRICE: $200.00 USD plus shipping and insurance. The work will ship from Barcelona.

THE STATUS: AVAILABLE

Email all inquiries about this piece to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "LOLO - Spray Can" in the subject line


Posted by marc at 3:52 AM in Collecting |


April 21, 2005

ARTIST: VINNIE RAY (Providence, Rhode Island USA)

TITLE: "HULK"

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: Vinnie Ray's 'remix' of the HULK takes the original iconic figure and integrates it with Vinnie Ray's classic clouds and rainbow.

THE DETAILS: The artwork measures 27" wide by 40" long. The artwork is mounted on museum board and is in excellent condition. The work will ship from New York City.

THE PRICE: $300.00 USD plus shipping and insurance

THE STATUS: AVAILABLE

Email all inquiries about this painting to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "D*FACE - The Birds" in the subject line


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Resume
vinnie ray

1970 Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
Film, Photography, and Visual Arts - minor in studio art.

*Selected Exhibitions:

2004 Postex 04 - London, England
Group- International Street Art Exhibition

2004 Food Show- Munich,Germany: London, England
Group- International Street Art Exhibition

2004 PH Gallery- NYC
Group- RE:Construct, Crowns of Sound

2003 Jen Bekman Gallery- NYC
Group- Made in New York show, Celebrate Book, prints, stickers, flag

2003 Expace Projects 002/003- NYC
Group- Celebrate Book, Listening Book

2003 Zakka Space for Creators - NYC
Solo- Listening Series: Sonic Architecture

2003 Expace Projects 001/003- NYC
Group- Celebrate Book, prints, and stickers

2002 Siren Music Festival- Brooklyn
Flag installation along entrance to event "Listening Flags"

2002 Van Brunt St. Pier- Brooklyn
Flag installation along pier "Listening Flags"

2002 Brecht Forum- NYC
Solo- Art at the Brecht program. Prints "Listening Series" and "Celebration Series"

2002 Essex St. Market- NYC
Solo- Flag installation on front of market "Celebration Flags" Sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

2001 Mastel Mastel Gallery- Brooklyn
Group- Prints, "Celebration:searching, thinking, expanding, loving, being"

2000 Halcyon - Brooklyn
Solo-Works on paper, "Sonic fossils"

2000 Carlton Arms Hotel - NYC
Solo- Flag installation on front of hotel "Celebration Flags"

1999 DNA Gallery Provincetown, MA
Group- Mixed Media "suitcase of evil:alan"

1993 Alleged Gallery - NYC
Group-Mixed Media "party hat,1"

1993 Holly Solomon Gallery - NYC
Group-video piece "Generation 13"

1993 Dallas Film and Video Festival Dallas TX
Juried selection for video piece "Generation 13"


**1993-98 Co-Founder and Creative Director of antenna tool & die co. NYC - design/art group.
Created installation/performances/software appearing along the spectrum of underground events to museum shows. Collaborated with such artists as Jenny Holzer, Sue Coe, Merce Cunningham, and Cultural Alchemy.


**Selected Exhibitions with antenna tool & die co.: Installation and Performance art

1997 St.Marks Church Performance Space - NYC
Downtown Art Festival - Performance piece "To Build a Box"

1997 67 Broad Street - NYC
The Art Exchange Show - Sound installation "Office Loops"

1997 Gramercy International Art Exhibit - Gramercy Park Hotel - NYC
Jibby Beane Gallery(London)- Computer Installation
"Kickstand"

1997 Kitchen Theater - NYC
Installation - Sonic Installation/Performative Mix "Final Installment-The Creation of a
PerpetualSoundObject"

1997 Gramercy International Art Exhibit - Chateau Marmont LA
Jibby Beane Gallery(London)- Sound Installation "algorithmic composition"

1997 Exit Art the First World - NYC
Shape of Sound - Sound Installation/Sonic Installation/
Performative Mix "Fourth Installment-decode the embedded data
structures"

1996 New Museum of Contemporary Art - NYC
alt.youth.media - Sound Installation "MixMatch"

1996 Cultural Alchemys Sound Lab in the Brooklyn Bridge-NYC
Anchorage96 - Mixed Media installation "Hanging Garden,2"

*Awards and Achievements:

2003 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant
2002 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Recipient
Co-creator of Kickstand, Artware for the computer. Critically acclaimed software program.
Instructor of Interface Design, Banff Center for the Arts.
Selection to the Dallas Film and Video Festival. "Generation 13"
Selection to the Medicine Wheel Animation Festival. "Thought."

*Publications:
Vapors Magazine, issue 19, 2004
Belio Magazine, Dreams issue, Spain, 2004
Villiage Voice, Psychogeographers Navigate New York Citys Changing Landscape, by Bryan Zimmerman, May 7-13 2003
The Art of Rebellion, Christian Hundertmark, Ginkgo Press, 2003
Repellent, issue 2, 2003
Repellent, issue 3, 2004
Half Empty, Spring 2003

Posted by marc at 6:34 AM in Collecting |


ARTIST: D*FACE (London, England)

TITLE: "THE BIRDS"

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: D*Face's 'remix' of the classic Alfred Hitchcock poster from "The Birds" was one of the most popular pieces from the "Hollywood Remix" group show curated last June by the Wooster Collective. D*Face recently opened the Outside Institute in London as a gallery / design studio for contemporaray artists.



THE DETAILS: The artwork measures 25" wide by 36" long. The artwork is mounted on museum board and is in excellent condition. The work will ship from New York City.

THE PRICE: $300.00 USD plus shipping and insurance

THE STATUS: SOLD

If you are interested in purchasing work by D*Face send and email
to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "D*FACE" in the subject line


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Posted by marc at 6:12 AM in Collecting |






ARTIST: LOGAN HICKS (UNITED STATES)

ARTISTS NOTES: These two pieces are part of a new series of I am doing called 'patterns of nature'. The body will be close-ups of different things that exist in nature - plants, dirt, grass, dog hair, skin, waves, etc. It sort of looks like a custom Cammo pattern.

THE DETAILS: The artwork measures 2 fee wide by 2 feet long
and is part of a limited series. There will be 10 pieces total, but because of the variations that happen with hand sprayed stencils, each one is unique, even if it is sprayed from the same stencil set. The work will ship from Los Angeles.

THE PRICE: $500.00 USD per piece plus shipping and insurance

THE STATUS: AVAILABLE

Email all inquiries about this painting to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "LOGAN HICKS- LEAF" OR
"LOGAN HICKS- GRASS" in the subject line

Posted by marc at 5:46 AM in Collecting |


August 8, 2004



ARTIST: LOGAN HICKS (UNITED STATES)

ARTISTS NOTES: This is a poster I did for the Hollywood Remix show was of the Bruce Lee "The Chinese Connection". Originally i wanted to cut this intricate stencil that broke the image of Bruce Lee down into super detailed line art. I tried it a couple of times, and after spending about 15 hours on it, decided to scrap it and go with a different image of Bruce. I came up with this one because I thought it had the full Bruce "feel." For the color scheme, i used one of my favorites - silvers and reds. It seemed appropriate for it. The Chinese red in the background contrasted well against the silver tones that seem to mirror the old black and white movie feel. Even though the film wasn't black and white, I felt that the silvers implied that there was history behind the movie.

THE DETAILS: The artwork measures 26 1/4" wide by 39 1/4" long. The artwork is mounted on museum board and is in excellent condition. The work will ship from New York City.

THE PRICE: $300.00 USD plus shipping and insurance

THE STATUS: SOLD

Email all inquiries about this painting to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "LOGAN HICKS- BRUCE LEE" in the subject line


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August 3, 2004



ARTIST: GALO (AMSTERDAM)

ARTISTS NOTES: (coming soon)

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: (coming soon)

THE DETAILS: Each canvas measures 9.5" wide by 11.75" long. All of the pieces are in excellent condition. Each work will ship from New York City.

THE PRICE: Each piece is $200.00 USD plus shipping and insurance

THE STATUS: NOW AVAILABLE

Email all inquiries about this painting to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "GALO" in the subject line



Title: "Massive"



Title: "Ice Mates"



Title: "Minchiammia"



Title: "What's That?"


Posted by marc at 5:41 AM in Collecting |


August 1, 2004

ARTISTS: CUM (GHENT, BELGIUM)

TITLE: "REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE"

ARTISTS NOTES: (coming soon)

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: CUM's 'remix' of the classic James Dean poster from "Rebel Without A Cause" was one of two works that the Belgium based artist collective created for the Hollywood: The Remix group show that was held in New York this past June. This was one of our favorite works from the show. As a sex symbol of the 60's, it's fitting that Dean is now surrounded by CUM's classic pin-up girls. The added image on the t-shirt looks as if James Dean was wearing it for the shoot. The light layer of white wisps of "fog" that CUM has added allows the original piece to bleed through creating a nice blending of the old and the new.



THE DETAILS: The artwork measures 27" wide by 39" long. The artwork is mounted on museum board and is in excellent condition. The work will ship from New York City.

THE PRICE: $400.00 USD plus shipping and insurance

THE STATUS: SOLD

Email all inquiries about this painting to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "CUM - Rebel Without A Cause" in the subject line


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Posted by marc at 5:07 PM in Collecting |


ARTIST: Gaetane Michaux (Belgium)

TITLE: Spiderman/Catwoman


ARTIST NOTES: (coming soon)

COLLECTOR'S NOTES: Gaetane Michaux's intricate laser cut puzzle is both complex and facinating. The piece merges two recent Hollywood movie posters - one from Spiderman and a second from Catwoman. We first met Gaetane (who is originally from Belgium) here in New York about two years ago. Because she doesn't own a television, she spends all of her free time making art. This work echos Gaetane's formal training as an architect as the piece precisely fits together with the buildings in the background juxtaposed to create a futuristic world where both Spiderman and Catwoman live.

THE DETAILS: The artwork measures 27" wide by 40" long. The artwork is mounted on museum board and is in excellent condition. The work will ship from New York City.

THE PRICE: $400.00 USD plus shipping and insurance

THE STATUS: SOLD

Email all inquiries about this painting to marc.schiller@gmail.com.
Write: "Gaetane Michaux - Spiderman/Catwoman" in the subject line


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Posted by marc at 1:44 PM in Collecting |