Austin Thomas,"Mars," 1997, 3 x 4"Austin Thomas announced this week that she will placing more artwork up for adoption at the Fine Art Adoption Network, and I'll be adding some soon, too. If you want to see Thomas's pieces in real life, she told me she'll be showing them during the Elizabeth Foundation Open Studios, which begins on Thursday night. FAAN is an online network that uses a gift economy to connect artists and potential collectors. All of the artworks on view at the site are available for adoption. FAAN's goal is to help increase and diversify the population of art owners and to offer artists new means for engaging their audience. Much of the artwork at FAAN was created by artists who have widely exhibited in museums and galleries, yet they have chosen to present their artwork at FAAN because it offers the potential of generating a unique relationship with new audiences.
FAAN collaborators include Art in General, Arthouse, Artspace, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Culture Pundits, Delta Axis, Gallery 400, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Transformer. Recently Art in General, FAAN’s original sponsor, announced that, due to the sour economy, it can no longer cover the costs of this project, but luckily, the costs are relatively small. "Our server costs fifty dollars a month and we need another fifty for upkeep and occasional changes to the site," says FAAN founder Adam Simon. "Please support this project—it will not be able to continue otherwise. All donations are tax deductible. And of course we will acknowledge supporters on the site unless you choose to remain anonymous." Donations can be made through Art in General, a fiscal sponsor of this project, here.
"Open Studios 09," Elizabeth Foundation, 323 W. 39th Street, New York, NY. Opening Reception: October 15, 6:00-10:00 pm. Open Studios: October 16, 6:00-9:00 pm and October 17, 1:00-5:00 pm.