Best Place to Buy Affordable Art

Califia Books

Buying original art takes dough. Sure, you could wait for the annual S.F. open studios and buy the reasonably priced work of up-and-coming artists, but at any other time of year your best bet is artists' books at Califia. Hidden away up a staircase, across the hall from the legendary Crown Point Press, Califia is a bookstore and gallery in one. The unique works here are usually identifiable as books, but most break the mold in some way. There are tiny, exquisite, letterpress-printed volumes; glamorous large-format pieces printed with photographs; and every kind of funky binding and cover you can imagine. An added bonus: Unlike at most museum shows, at Califia you can slip on a pair of white cotton gloves and handle the art. Prices range from $25 to $500.

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