This New Company Wants to be the Ikea of Art
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This New Company Wants to be the Ikea of Art

On a Tuesday afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a vast loft in an industrial building is abuzz with activity. In one corner, canvasses are being stretched and spray painted, while at another, someone is folding and stacking cardboard boxes. In the center of the room, a team of artists in aprons are painting, dropping, smearing, and scraping thick latex paint onto canvasses in what looks like the art world version of an assembly line. This is Andy Blank, a new art company that’s equal parts Banksy and Ikea. Like Banksy, the elusive British street artist, Andy Blank is a pseudonym. Unlike Banksy (that we know of), the name doesn’t refer to just one person: Andy Blank, its founder tells House Beautiful, is not just its founder—it’s a collective name for the artists and other employees of this unique art business. Acid Trip by Andy Blank, photographed in the company’s factory. Andy Blank was started by an anonymous founder after years spent in the art world in various capacities: "I’ve hung art, sold art, made art, everything around art," he told me on a visit to the factory this summer. " I’ve enjoyed all of it, and this is kind of […]

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