Alongside Monet, Amazon Features Artists With Special Needs
As Amazon.com enters the world of fine art this week, the Internet retail giant is putting a spotlight on artists with developmental disabilities.
Los Angeles-based DAC Gallery — which represents some 140 artists with developmental disabilities — is one of about 150 art galleries and dealers being included in the launch of Amazon Art, a new section of the retail website that features fine art from some of the nation’s top galleries.
DAC Gallery is part of the nonprofit Exceptional Children’s Foundation, which offers a handful of art studios where individuals with developmental disabilities hone their craft. Artists in the program have previously shown their work at the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., among other venues, officials with the nonprofit said.
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“We have worked hard to create a professional-level art program for our clients with special needs. Being selected to participate in the launch of the Amazon Art program is a testament to us reaching that goal,” said Allen Terrell, who directs the Exceptional Children’s Foundation’s art centers.
Amazon described the new marketplace as “one of the largest online collections of original and limited edition artwork” with pieces ranging in price from less than $100 to several million.
Among the items for sale on Amazon Art are Andy Warhol’s “Sachiko” which is listed at $45,000, Claude Monet’s “Fragment de Nymphéas” for $2.5 million and Norman Rockwell’s “Willie Gillis: Package from Home” for $4.85 million.
The DAC Gallery is the only one exclusively representing individuals with special needs included in Amazon Art from day one, Terrell said. The gallery has more than 500 works ranging from watercolors to mixed media available for purchase.