Affordable Investment Art August 08 – artmarketblog.com
At first glance the photographs by New York based artist Adia Millet appear to be extremely well executed images of rather intriguing and very appealing interiors of rooms. Upon closer inspection, however, anomalies begin to become apparent of which, for me, the most obvious were the very odd lighting effects and what I would describe as an unbelievable level of surrealism. Further investigation into the artist’s work reveals that the rooms that house the interiors used for the photographs are not your average rooms. In fact, at around one foot square, the buildings that house the highly detailed interiors are anything but average. Yes, you did read correctly, the rooms that Millet has photographed the interiors of are doll house size. Amazing huh!!
The prestigious New York gallery Mixed Greens was the location for an exhibition of Millet’s work in 2007 titled Blind Premonition which included a series of scale rooms created by Aida and photographs of the scale interiors of these rooms. Mixed Greens gallery, founded in 1999 founded as a place to give emerging artists a wider audience, is well known for providing affordable works of art by extremely promising emerging artists. According to their website, Mixed Greens promotes the work of their artists through their online gallery, printed catalogues, gallery exhibitions and travelling shows and has exposed a larger community to the engaging and thought provoking work of dozens of artists. “Currently, the gallery represents twenty-two artists, who are now at varying stages in their careers. The mission is to show work that is not only of contemporary interest, but will be of lasting art historical significance.”
Millett has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the well-received “Greater New York” show at PS1 in Long Island City, New York (2005). In the past, she has been included in exhibitions at the Barbican Gallery, London (2004), The Studio Museum in Harlem (2002, 2005, 2006), The California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2003), The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City (2003), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta (2003), and the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2001). In 2007, Millet had a major solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia as well as the solo exhibition at Mixed Greens.
Millet’s photos range in price between $1000 and $3200 which have been produced in very small editions of between five and seven. Considering the extensive and impressive resume of the artist and the recognition and praise that the artist has received, the photographs can only be described as extremely good value and a great investment. It is artists such as Millet who push the boundaries of their chosen medium and create work that is both challenging and appealing that are really worth investing in. The challenging yet appealing work of Millet is sure to result in a long and prosperous career so my only suggestion is to get in now before she really becomes famous.
To purchase one of Millet’s amazing photos go here
Blind Premonition (flower)
Passing Shadows houses
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications