David Byrne Original Prints, Y'all!

Ming Fearon
Though many rock stars pass their time outside the recording studio doing not much of anything, David Byrne has always remained artistically engaged, dabbling in media ranging from graphic design to photography. It's unsurprising, then, that he's now collaborating with 20x200.com, an art website that seeks to democratize and broaden art collecting by printing its works in editions and fairly pricing them. Starting next Monday, October 18, 20x200 will start selling an exclusive print from Byrne's Arboretum, a series of tree drawings that are essentially mental maps of the abstruse topics ("Taxonomical Transformations," "Psychological History") bouncing around in the author's head. Profits from print sales benefit organization Creative Time, which seeks to challenge what art is and "foster social progress" by engaging the public.

Although 20X200's founder Jen Bekman remains mum on the topic of the print for sale, she ensured us that "it speaks very well to his multi-talented nature. It's smart, sophisticated, and funny." 20x200 will sell 11"x14" prints, the first 200 of which will be priced at $50 each. After these initial prints sell out, the subsequent 200 will be priced at $100 each, with the last batch of 200 priced at $150 a pop.

Bekman also tells us that she expects the prints to sell out in a flash, and recommends subscribing to 20x200's mailing list to get a head start on purchasing one. 20x200 will send out a newsletter at 11 a.m. EST on Monday with a "secret" purchase link, giving an edge over non-subscribers, who will have to wait until 2 p.m. for purchasing access. Time for a trip to the frame shop.

Above: Portrait of David Byrne, Todomundo, 2009

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