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Have a Painting? Leave a Painting. Need a Painting? Take a Painting

Chashama Windows Space
266 West 37th Street, 212-391-8151
Hell's Kitchen
September 17 - September 23, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, September 16, 6 - 8 PM
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The ghost of socialism isn’t dead. Instead, it lives on in a unique social experiment-exchange taking place for one week only in the heart of Chelsea, at the chashama Performance Window, from September 16th- 23rd.

Inspired by the penny tray, which invites random customers to take or leave pennies according their need, Have a Painting? Leave a Painting. Need a Painting? Take a Painting, invites both artists and collectors alike to leave or take a work of art according to their desire. No money will be exchanged ? only personal contact information. Whatever emotional value participants attach to the paintings will serve as the only valid currency.

Unlike other exhibitions that only comment on the consumptive nature of the art market, in this show, Chelsea’s often-bloated art market gets turned on its head. Show up, and see how this grand investment in good will works. Budding art collectors can get their start. Artists can find an appreciative audience.

The Have a painting? Leave a painting? project is curated by two artists, Anna Ogier-Bloomer and Erik Sanner, who have long wanted to foster relationships between artists and collectors.

Anna Ogier-Bloomer, is working on a long-term documentary photo project about her family and middle-class life in the Midwest. She has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and was featured in Art Basel Miami at the 2007 Bridge Art Fair. Anna’s curating roles include exhibitions at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and The New School in New York. Anna is a recipient of the Copley Society of Art Stephen D. Paine Scholarship, the SMFA Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography and an SMFA Travel Grant. See more at

Erik Sanner has been exhibiting for over a decade both in New York and Tokyo. His work expends the definition of painting through collaboration and with technology, utilizing new media to create moving paintings – installations in which streaming video is projected onto prepared surfaces (such as oil paintings). Chess, his large public new media event, received a grant from the Manhattan Community Art Fund, and recently took place in Hell’s Kitchen. More at
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