The Economics of Art 2013: Group Show at Vertical Gallery

At a unique time in art history, when art is for sale on more mediums in more places than ever before, Vertical Gallery, named Chicago’s Best New Gallery by the readers of the Chicago Reader,  has a new group show called The Economics of Art 2013,  that runs through August  31, 2013.

Inspired in part by the work and artists of another Chicago arts institution, Thumbtack Press (, and starting a conversation on the way in which art is (re)produced, bought, and sold online and in galleries today, the show will feature original work alongside limited edition, open edition, screen printed, and digital prints of the original work.

Curated by Ben Schuman-Stoler and Patrick Hull, The Economics of Art 2013 endeavors to dispel the sometimes confusing world of art prints by offering art prints directly next to their original works in Vertical Gallery’s space at 1016 N. Western Ave. It addresses the questions that so many art collectors and fans ask when browsing for art: What’s the value of a reproduction of art? What’s a digital limited edition art print versus a screen printed limited edition art print or hand painted multiple? How do open edition prints work? How do prints of work stand next to their originals? Why are prints priced the way they are?

The show features a broad range of work by 13 artists from around the world, including Chicago artists Dmitry Samarov, Ian Ferguson, Julie Murphy, Steve Seeley, and Jimmy Bunnyluv, along with Anthony Freda, Dave Pressler, David Cooper, El Gato Chimney, Hernan Paganini, Klub7, Raudiel Sanudo and Ruel Pascual. Painting is well represented, as is paper collage, mixed media, digital work, and other mediums – all of which shows the universality of art prints in the art world today.

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