It may have happened two weeks ago, but the memory of the Affordable Art Fair still lives on in the minds of artists and fairgoers. Taking place from September 11-13, the Affordable Art Fair was the first show of fall, leading the pack with a bang. Always a crowdpleaser, the Affordable Art Fair featured a wide range of artworks at a wide range of prices (never exceeding $10,000).
This fall’s show featured works from 72 galleries from around the globe. Almost every booth features and artist or gallery owner who is more than happy to interact and converse with the art lover who passes by their booth. Artichoke NY from Bayside, Art For All Society from China, Cube Gallery from London, HAVOC Gallery from Burlington, YUKI-SIS from Tokyo, Workman Collective from Toronto, and Galerie Olivia Ganancia from Paris are just a few examples of the diversity of galleries that were showing at the Affordable Art Fair this September. Missed out? Here are some highlights of the show:
- Timeless Audrey, mixed media on canvas by Marion Duschletta, 2015. On view at Artspace Warehouse, $650. A funky black and white picture of the classic beauty Audrey Hepburn is surrounded by colorful dots and numbers. The photograph is fuzzy to bring the softness of Hepburn’s perfect features to light. This is a great work for Hollywood art lovers.
- Full Bodied 2, screenprint by Noma Bar, 2014. The Eyestorm booth had this simple 3-foot print on sale for $795. Recalling Matisse and Picasso, this image of a woman’s nude body, from breasts to thighs, is in silhouette and 2D. The only colors are white, black, yellow and green. If you look hard enough, you’ll see more images pop out at you. If you like geometry, this work is for you.
- Womp Womp, cast hydocal plaster and acrylic by Ben Skinner, 2014. Uprise Art offered this sculpture for $320. The marbleized white and purple rectangles look like bars of soap, and actually may look quite unique in your bathroom at home and a great trick to play on friends who visit. The artist also collaborated with baker Eat Make Celebrate, who created a marbleized cake and recipe that looks just like the sculpture itself.
- River Twilight, oil on canvas by Jamie Kirkland, 2015. On view at Winterowd Fine Art for $950. If you like art that’s more traditional, this is it. Reminiscent of the Hudson River School painters from the 19th century, this painting will keep you calm in the midst of a bustling city.
- Life, mixed media by Keiko Nasu, 2015. Émigré Collection had this piece for a steal at only $300. If you’re someone who loves medicine, and loves color, this artwork will have your heart pounding. An image of a human heart in the bottom left corner, the canvas is covered with paint of every color that flows from the heart.
Cristina Salmastrelli, Director of the Affordable Art Fair NYC, loves how diverse the AAF’s artists are: “Affordable Art Fair NYC’s participating galleries bring all types of artists and art to the Fair, from emerging and famous, to photography, sculpture and traditional oil paintings, all at varying price points. This alone carries out our brand mission, truly
making art available to everyone.
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The Affordable Art Fair is also know for its great education of art lovers and first-time art purchasers. This fall, they had family programming where children could create their own artwork, as well as panel discussions on early art education and art appropriation.
Art for everyone is the goal of the Affordable Art Fair, and with the programs and price points available, the AAF seems to fulfill its mission in every edition of the fair. If you’re a new art collector, head to the Affordable Art Fair. The next one takes place from MArch 30 to April 3, 2016 at Metropolitan Pavilion.
And to catch more art fairs this season, head to Governor’s Island this weekend, and Gracie Square and Lincoln Center during the first weekend of October.