Art to see, give and take.

The visitors to Chashama can feel like collectors before their first purchases, except that no money or goods need to be exchanged.

poster for

"Have a Painting? Leave a Painting. Need a Painting? Take a Painting" Exhibition

at chashama Window Space (266 W 37th St. )
in the Midtown area
This event has ended - (2008-09-17 - 2008-09-23)

In Photo Reports by Aneta Glinkowska 2008-09-18 print

Chashama is an institution finding and providing free temporary spaces for artists to hold short exhibitions. It has several temporary spaces in NYC and one such space is tucked away among ordinary clothing stores and hidden fashion design studios in the middle of the Garment District.

Two artist-curators, Anna Ogier-Bloomer and Erik Sanner, have opened up the Chashama space for only a week. Artists can bring in their work to show and later donate to the gallery visitors, including other participating artists, to take home in a sort of, but not quite, barter. Visitors are not asked to leave anything in exchange; leaving a work of art for other visitors to pick up is only an “encouraged” option.

On the opening night, Eric Sanner, curator and participating artist, said that if an art work is requested by more than one “collector,” they will need to justify why they want the particular work. The most convincing argument wins. One is only required to email the artist whose work they take home.

The visitors to Chashama can feel like collectors before their first purchases, except that no money or goods need to be exchanged. Last night I felt like a true collector, just starting out, who would like to collect to his taste and not to the market’s. At the end I decided not to start a collection just yet, unsure of what I liked most out of the many good art works.

Hopefully there will be more works to pick up or just look at, after a score of them were given away at the opening reception.

Photos by Kosuke Fujitaka.

 'Have a Painting? Leave a Painting. Need a Painting? Take a Painting' Exhibition held in the core of the Garment District.

A projection on a shirt that looks like a centerpiece, but only until it finds a 'collector' at the end of the day.

Erik Sanner, artist and curator of this show, explaining the concept of the exhibition.

Anna Ogier-Bloomer, artist-curator of this show, talking to a gallery visitor.

View from the Street.

Aneta Glinkowska

Aneta Glinkowska. A co-founder of NYArtBeat.com, Aneta manages the NY Art Beat listings and occasionally blog from an armchair. TW: @perke and @NYArtBeat IG: @perke and @NYArtBeat » See other writings

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