Reliable sites selling contemporary prints are hard to come by, so we have rounded up our favourites for the last instalment in our holiday gifts series.
For this final post in our 2012 Asian contemporary art gifts series, we look into the selection of contemporary Asian prints that can be found online. Between originals and hi-res scan copies, there are gifts for anyone looking to purchase a connection to the growing Asian art scene, regardless of wallet size.
Art Radar has scoured the web in search of the best in Asian contemporary art print sites. What we found was artwork from a diverse range of artists and countries, delivered to your doorstep with just a click of a button.
1. Yizzu | Chinese contemporary art in a user-generated platform
While the Chinese contemporary art scene tends to be dominated by big name artists and galleries, it’s easy to forget that China’s grassroots cultural scene is flourishing. Enter Yizzu, a new platform for contemporary art prints from China. Artists upload hi-res images to the site, which the company will print on museum-quality paper when purchased by users. On demand prints cost in the USD30 to 50 range, while artists also have the option of selling limited edition originals.
2. Somo Gallery | Limited-edition prints from China
Similar to Yizzu, Somo Gallery uses their network of contacts to select the best in young Chinese painters, selling limited-edition prints of their work in a range of sizes, along with a certificate of authenticity that is personally signed and numbered by the artist. Artists were chosen to reflect the “cultural evolution” of contemporary China. According to their website, “Behind every piece of art is a tangle of stories, emotions and allusions, all of which originate in the life of an individual artist.”
3. Kumi Contemporary | Japanese contemporary art secondary market dealer
With Japanese contemporary art superstars like Takashi Murakami churning out prints and multiples on a huge scale, it makes sense that there should be a thriving secondary market for these works. First conceived in 2008 and opened in 2011, Kumi Contemporary is an online gallery catering to the growing international market for Japanese art, including works from many big-name print artists.
4. Artnet Middle Eastern Contemporary Art Auctions | Online auction site
While Artnet’s ongoing online auction offerings span centuries and come from all over the globe, their strong Middle Eastern Contemporary collection is a convenient way to purchase prints and other works on paper from the region, including blue-chip artists such as Mona Hatoum, Hassan Massoudy, Shirin Neshat and Pooya Aryanpour.
What other reputable sites out there are selling contemporary Asian artwork and prints? Leave us a comment with any online sellers we might have missed!
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