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A Yard Sale, Chelsea-Style — in an Art Gallery

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Attenborough-Naftel's Yard Sale. An ongoing installation at De Buck Gallery. Attenborough-Naftel's Yard Sale. An ongoing installation at De Buck Gallery. (Courtesy of Attenborough-Naftel)

Artist Sean Naftel remembers well the first treasure he found in a yard sale: an Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon comic from the 1960s. He bought it with his own money when he was 6 years old, it cost him a nickel. 

Naftel is now celebrating yard sales in an art installation with fellow artist Chris Attenborough. Their piece is at the De Buck Gallery in Chelsea and it includes objects like a bicycle, speakers and a mounted deer head, all of which were part of work created by them or other artists represented by the gallery. Visitors are encouraged to touch the art, and bargain.

Naftel said the idea is to celebrate yard sales as a cherished summer ritual and a reduction of a department store. “They’re the thing where you can find everything,” he said. “You don’t always expect everything you find in a yard sale, which is kind of great.”

Naftel explained the piece is also interactive, and that by entering the show visitors become part of it. “It's kind of fun seen what people kind of gravitate towards,” he said.

The artwork goes from US$ 8 to US$ 5,000. “Yard Sale” will run through August 1st at De Buck Gallery in Chelsea at 545 West 23rd St.  

'Yard Sale' by artists Attenborough-Naftel. Skateboards and deer head.

"Yard Sale" by artists Attenborough-Naftel. Skateboards and deer head.

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Gisele Regatao

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Comments [2]

Lisa from NY

Well Mike, one mans trash is another mans treasure! Isn't that the point of a yard sale?
If you had walked in, you might've found a piece you liked or not.
Imagine stumbling upon something worth thousands of dollars...
Here you can interact with the artists & view artworks amongst other treasures.
I think it's a wonderful idea to pull more people into the art scene that is so often intimidating to people that don't know much about art.

Jul. 24 2014 11:37 AM
Mike Walkley from Baltimore

Nowadays these kids call anything art! The only piece I see that I like is the mounted deer head. Humbug to the other stuff!

Jul. 21 2014 10:44 AM

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