If, like me, you’ve never bought a piece of art in your life yet rather like the idea of one day owning something (whilst at the same time feeling daunted by the myriad of artists / galleries / dealers out there), then this new site could be just the ticket to put you at ease… Manifold Editions is a clever new contemporary art website selling limited-edition, high quality signed prints and have recently launched a pop up store in the Front Room at St Martins Lane, London until May 27. Here, new print works by Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Elizabeth Magill, 2011 Turner Prize nominee George Shaw and a series of four works including silkscreen prints of Kate Moss in a yoga pose by British artist Marc Quinn are on display and available to buy
Launched in November 2011 by James Booth-Clibborn, the site sells limited-edition, works by artists including Anish Kapoor, Gavin Turk, Sam Taylor-Wood and Damien Hirst. Prices don’t go much past £3,000 – pretty reasonable when you think about what some of the works by these artists go for.
‘This is for people who want to live with contemporary art, not for collectors who want to stick an investment in storage,’ says James. The company distributes the prints of other suppliers and also commission and print works itself by the best known of the YBAs and a range of international contemporary artists.
In my visit there yesterday, I developed a particular fondness for Elizabeth Magill’s “Blue Hold” (above) and even some of the spot prints which manage to just cheer you up simply by looking at them.
The exhibition runs from 10– 27 May, Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm and noon – 6pm Saturday and Sunday, at the Front Room, St Martins Lane, 45 St Martin’s Lane WC2