It's especially nice to see that some Chelsea galleries and institutions are embracing the trend towards more affordable art by emerging artists, namely Postmasters, where the mini artists' fair "Don't Flee the Art Market" begins tomorrow (through the 23rd) and will let people buy works directly from the artists who created them; BravinLee programs hosts the Degenerate Craft Fair (December 18, 19), which'll also be at 303 Grand in Williamsburg this weekend; and on Saturday Eyebeam hosts the Holiday Hackshop, where artists from the art and technology center will help you make ornaments, cards, gifts, snow globes and trick out your bike with lights.
One more place to find great art (for yourself or as a gift) right now is at Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg, which, through January 3, is hosting a show of art from Fuse Works, an online store of multiples and editions with a well-curated and very affordable collection. Pieces in the show range anywhere from $6 to $1,500, and include books, photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, and functional objects like Oscar Perez's coat hooks shaped like Jesus' nailed hands, and Rebecca Loyche's vagina doorknobs. I especially liked George Spencer's graffiti'd mini trucks (pictured), which vary in size and price between $6 for a one-inch truck and $150 for an 11-inch truck. Don't miss out on these unusually good opportunities to snap up some great art at reasonable prices, because who knows how much longer the art market will keep courting budget buyers.