Layaway Days: Art collecting on a Budget
Yesterday, my wife and I went downtown to view a group exhibition titled ‘Liberty’, at the Koplin Del Rio Gallery. The exhibition only had one artist that I was familiar with (Melissa Cooke), so it was an excellent opportunity to discover some new artists. The exhibition was great, but upon leaving the gallery we still had 30 minutes remaining on our parking. Since we had a little extra time, we decided to hit another gallery.
We ended up walking into the Fredrick Holmes & Co. gallery. They had more expensive pieces for sale including: Picasso, Miro, & Degas, but we noticed an artist whose work was affordable. Nicaraguan printmaker Carlos Barberena had a number of prints available for purchase. His works often provide humorous views on consumerism, coupled with traditional themes and a dia de los muertos aesthetic. His linocut prints are available on his website and range in price from $20-$500. Standouts include: ‘La McMona’, ‘The Scream’ (After Munch), ‘Venus 2.0’ (After Botticelli), and ‘God Sees Everything’.
His prints are available here: http://carlosbarberena.bigcartel.com/products?page=1