Acme Archives Opens Gallery at FAO Schwartz, Manhattan

If you live in the Big Apple (or are visiting this holiday season) and have been dying to get your hands on ACME Archive’s popular prints, you’re in luck. The art publisher opened its new gallery today at the FAO Schwartz store in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue shopping district.
Acme Archives has always been one of my favorite resources for high-end fine art. Based in Burbank, California, they started out as a studio archive of licensed artwork associated with properties like Disney, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars, and Twentieth Century Fox. Now they are one of the most popular publishers of lithographs, giclees, posters, and various types of original artwork.

Acme Archives carries some amazing collections which are at the top of my daily research list, including the ground-breaking Disney Underground line and amazing original paints by talented artists.You might be familiar with some of their pieces, like Michael De Pippo’s new Muppet screen prints.

Until now, their artwork has only been most readily available online or through phone orders. Though you’ll find small collections of their work at some of the Disney theme parks and in galleries throughout the world.  The FAO Schwartz location will be a great way to browse through their huge collection, there’s nothing like experiencing a piece of art face-to-face. Disney art collectors can take a look for themselves beginning today.

At the gallery, there will be a “number of special one-of-a-kind offerings and displays,” said Acme Archives Co-President Lisa McLain. “The art here represents product lines from Disney to Star Wars, from Halo to the Simpsons.”

The cherry on top is that price range falls below $50 and goes up to $5,000. So if you still need to get some Christmas shopping wedged in–whether it’s for the amateur character key collector or the professional art collector–the gallery is the perfect option.

“This collection of art is completely customized for the FAO guest,” said McLain. “Seeing it in person and displayed so well makes the trip here well worth the effort for the holiday shopper that is looking for a home run gift that is way out of the ordinary.”

I’m looking at airfare right now.  What a great excuse to visit NYC at Christmas time!

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