The Cheaper Show No9 Preview

June 24, 2010 § 3 Comments

I just got back from the preview of The Cheaper Show No9. Exciting stuff! Over 400 works from 200 artists will be sold for $200 each this Saturday. The preview attracted artists and supporters to the W2 Storyeum, a very comfortably sized venue that will accommodate the expected 3,000 people on the day of the show. Last year 1,770 art lovers lined up to get in the exhibition. Tonight I could see people taking notes hoping to fetch the best works in a couple of days. Rumour has it that some collectors pay good bucks to have someone standing in line for them.

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The Cheaper Show 2010

June 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

Cheaper 8 - The Art-Buying Crowd

Cheaper than a One Night Stand was started in 2001 by Vancouver-based artists Graeme Berglund, Steve “Breadman” Cole and Syx Langeman (known then as the collective Fracture Industries) as a new format to promote talented and underexposed artists. The concept was very simple: to have a one night art show with dozens of artists and with over a hundred pieces of art, all for sale at one affordable price.

On June 26th, The Cheaper Show No. 9 will have 200 artists (chosen from the original 950 submissions) and 400 pieces of work – all selling for $200 per piece. The new space is twice the size as last year’s,  now at W2 151 West Cordova Street. The show became so big and relevant that Mayor Gregor Robertson is going to declare June 26th The Cheaper Show Day for the city of Vancouver.

Just on a side note, last year the line had 1770 people when the doors opened at 7pm. So plan your strategy carefully.

I will be at the preview on the 24th and hopefully get some good shots for the readers of the Art Monitor. Stay tuned.

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