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Recession Art Bids Farewell to Bergen Street Gallery

 Recession Art, a gallery on Bergen Street, will close at the end of the month and move their business online, according to a letter posted on their website.
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COBBLE HILL — An “affordable” gallery for emerging artists and new collectors is closing its Bergen Street space at the end of the month, owners announced. 

Recession Art will be vacating its space at 47 Bergen St., just shy of its one-year anniversary in the neighborhood.

“We have decided to take our commitment to emerging artists and affordable/accessible art in new directions,” a letter posted on its website read.

The gallery, which has showcased paintings, prints, photographs and small sculptures, moved from its original Lower East Side location to Bergen Street in March 2013.

Recession Art was founded in 2009 as an alternative to the traditional, and more expensive, art market in New York City. The gallery focused on work from rising artists and collectors looking to purchase art without breaking the bank.

Most pieces in the gallery were priced under $1,000 with an upper limit of $5,000, executive director Emma Katz, told DNAinfo New York last year.

Recession Art did not respond to requests for comment about the move.

After January, the business will move entirely online. Its website will be updated with the activities of artists associated with the gallery and a mailing list will continue to alert followers to open calls and opportunities to show, sell and purchase art.

The gallery will bid farewell to the neighborhood with a final event and sale on Jan. 9 from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. The owners will de-install their “Salonukah” exhibition, an art fair with eight days of multimedia programing held last month. Everything in the gallery, including furniture, will be on sale.

Part of the team behind Recession Art will continue to work with new artists through consulting work and a publication called “Endless Editions” which will “publish and disseminate under represented artists,” according to the website.

Ani and Emma Katz, who founded Recession Art, will remain in the art world as a solo artist and independent consultant respectively.

“When Ani and I started Recession Art, I could never have imagined then what we would accomplish,” Emma Katz wrote on the website. “[H]ow many amazing people I would meet, how much great art I would see, and how much joy it would bring me to build this community.”

To RSVP for the final event and sale, click here.