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Vertical Gallery The Economics of Art 2013

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Patrick Hull

The Economics of Art 2013 Group Show at Vertical Gallery


Chicago, IL – July 18, 2013 – 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, is opening a new group show called The Economics of Art 2013, August 3 – 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, 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 thirteen artists from around the world, including Chicago artists Dmitry Samarov, Ian Ferguson, Julie Murphy, Steve Seeley, and Jimmy Bunnyluv. 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.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, August 3, 2013, from 6:00 – 10:00pm. The Economics of Art 2013 will be open to the public through August 31. Opening night will include music spun by Cream Team, aka Veronica Murtagh, the force behind music voice CreamTeam.tv.


About Vertical Gallery
Vertical Gallery focuses on work influenced by urban environments, street art, pop culture, and illustration. By bringing together local, national and international artists in ten dynamic solo and group shows each year, Vertical Gallery encourages collectors and casual viewers into the exploration and discussion of urban-contemporary art. The gallery is located in Chicago at 1016 N. Western Avenue in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood, and online at verticalgallery.com. It is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, or by appointment.

For more information, visit www.verticalgallery.com.

The Economics of Art 2013
Opening Reception – Saturday, August 3, 2013, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Showing through August 31, 2013
1016 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

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