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Rule No. 7

Cut Out the Middle Man

A gallery’s take—typically 50 percent—inflates prices. Here are four critically praised independent Chicago artists who will sell directly to you.

Alberto Aguilar

Alberto Aguilar

albertoaguilar.org
Photos: Matthew Avignone; (artwork) Courtesy of the artists
'Post Museum Void' by Alberto Aguilar
Title:Post Museum Void, 2016
Price:$4,000

The work:Found materials reimagined as resonant, arresting art
Heat factor:The Harold Washington College lecturer held the prestigious artist-in-residence position at the Art Institute in 2016.
How to buy:Email the artist at contact@albertoaguilar.org.

 

 

 

Edra Soto

Edra Soto

edrasoto.com
'Open 24 Hours / 1-4-17 Hennessy, Rémy Martin, Patron, Jose Cuervo, D’Ussé, Budweiser, Miller, Bud Ice, Paul Masson' by Edra Soto Title:Open 24 Hours / 1-4-17 Hennessy, Rémy Martin, Patron, Jose Cuervo, D’Ussé, Budweiser, Miller, Bud Ice, Paul Masson, 2017
Price:$350

The work:Prints and sculptures that recall the East Garfield Park resident’s Puerto Rican childhood
Heat factor:This year, Soto has shown work in half a dozen group shows around the country, including an exhibit at Pérez Art Museum Miami.
How to buy:Visit the artist’s website.

 

 

 

Jason Brammer

Jason Brammer

jasonbrammer.com
'Interbeing: The Cloud Within the Leaf I' by Jason Brammer
Title:Interbeing: The Cloud Within the Leaf I, 2013
Price:$975

The work:Airbrushed mythological landscapes
Heat factor:The Logan Square resident was recently commissioned to paint a massive 16-foot-long mural for the restaurant Land & Lake Kitchen inside LondonHouse Chicago.
How to buy:Email the artist at jasonbrammer@mac.com.

 

 

 

Rodrigo Lara Zendejas

Rodrigo Lara Zendejas

rodrigo-lara.com
'Beatos' by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas
Title:Beatos (detail), 2016
Price:$3,000

The work:Emotionally complex sculptures showing the mastery of a young Rodin
Heat factor:The Mexican artist counts fashion designer Maria Pinto among his dedicated collectors.
How to buy:Email the artist at rod.larzen@gmail.com.

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