Looking for something different to do this weekend? Why not stop by the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, where the annual Affordable Art Fair will be hosted from Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, April 7. If you love art but can’t stand the high prices, this is the place for you. The Affordable Art Fair is committed to bringing you art that you don’t actually have to mortgage your house for!
The Affordable Art Fair celebrates the idea that art is for everyone, offering original artwork priced from $100 – $10,000, with half of the work under $5,000. The Fair offers unique programming including a wide variety of artist and curator talks, panel discussions, kids’ activities and more. Since its launch in 1999, over 1.2 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, and over $275 million in art has been sold at the Fairs. A global brand, the Fair now takes place in Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Rome, Seattle, Singapore and Stockholm.”
Last year, some of the best works were those that were reminiscent of traditional paintings but which were creatively transformed into modern-day masterpieces. For example, we all know the image of Vermeer’s iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring. Well, Jane Perkins re-did that portrait, but instead of using paint, she used found objects like puzzle pieces, toy dinosaurs, buttons and Lego blocks. Art of all mediums can be found at the AAF, from photography to painting, sculpture to drawings and mixed media.
You probably won’t find any major well-known artists here, although a Damien Hirst did make an appearance last year. This art fair is all about emerging and little-known artists. In this 12th edition of the fair, 84 galleries will display the works of contemporary artists from around the globe. Special exhibitions include the Recent Graduates Exhibition and the Emerging Gallery Section. Some of the artists to look out for this year include multimedia artist Rebeca Raney, whose oversized, doll-like figures are hard to miss; David E. Peterson, whose special installation takes its inspiration from actual J Crew tops and bottoms; Greek artist Evi Savvadi, whose large clay dice installations fill the room; and Akiko Ban, whose colorful masks have both personal and ritual undertones.
One of the great things about the Affordable Art Fair is that it tries to educate art-lovers about art and about purchasing art. Multiple talks, tours, and activities will take place throughout the extended weekend, including a class on the valuation entitled “The Art of Business,” a printmaking workshop, and a tour with the director. AAF also invites families with young children to join in on the fun, offering special children’s activities entitled “Dreamyard Workshops,” in which kids can learn to create their own artwork in response to what they see around them.
Tickets to the fair are only $15 at the door, and $10 for students and seniors. Kids get in for free. Stop by to see what all the excitement is about, and, who knows? You may walk home with your very own work of art. Let us know what you purchased by leaving a comment in the space below!
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