By Paul Sullivan
|Jessica Goldman Srebnick with “Billboard #3” by Alexandre Farto, who also goes by Vhils, in her Miami Beach home. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times|
Matthew Eller, a real estate lawyer and investor in Brooklyn, said he had built a collection of hundreds of pieces of street art by simply getting to know the artists themselves. That is not much different from how collectors of contemporary artists in the early stages of their careers have done it for decades. “You go to their shows and buy a print for $20,” Mr. Eller said. “But pretty soon, they invite you out to their private opening. If you really like someone, there are a lot of different artists who have print sales once or twice a year, and it’ll be 25 or 50 percent cheaper than a gallery.” That’s not exactly buying a wall and carting it home, but it is in keeping with the spirit of street artists.