ART UpCLOSE's own Bente Christensen-Ernst recently sold her painting Nefertiti for $5,000. The piece can be seen in her personal gallery on our website but an image of the work can be seen right here:
As part of our program, we participated in Spectrum art fair during Art Basel Miami.
Our space is located in the Lower East Side. It is the cutting edge art destination of Manhattan with over 150 art galleries. However, it has a rich history. Prior to the American Revolution (1775-1783), a farm owned by James Delancey was located in the present day area of the LES. Delancey is remembered in the street name, as are the orchards on his farm with Orchard Street where our space is. Upon arrival to the United States, many immigrants settled in the Lower East Side which had a large German population, and at one time was known as Little Germany. The area is also known for its strong ties to Jewish culture, and had welcomed Irish, Italians, Poles, Ukrainians, and many other ethnic groups. Orchard Street gained its flavor more than 200 years ago, as families squeezed into cramped buildings that filled lower Manhattan. Industrious immigrants became the Lower East Side’s first business owners. Selling their wares from potato sacks to local shoppers, successful entrepreneurs bought pushcarts and eventually storefronts to transform Orchard Street into one of the busiest commercial districts in America, and the neighborhood into a cultural mecca. As a result, over a century later, visitors from around the world discover a cool LES with some of the best art galleries, clubs, boutiques and restaurants in New York City.