It’s been two weeks since the Affordable Art Fair took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, but the images are still fresh in our minds – and surely on the walls of many of the fair’s visitors.
The Affordable Art Fair, which celebrated its 12th year in New York this April 3-7, is known for its contemporary art that a serious – but not at all rich – art buyer can enjoy and bring home with them at the end of the day. And in fact, many visitors did buy many of the works on display there, with galleries having to constantly re-hang works and lines forming at the wrapping stations.
This year’s Affordable Art Fair was decidedly more subdued than most of the other fairs that have already taken place this arts season, but it still offered some great works that both pushed the boundaries of art today and also honored the tried-and-true art of the past. The Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street, played host to 84 galleries spread out over two floors. Works ranged in price from as little as $100 (sometimes even less!) to no more than $10,000.
Some show highlights included Makiko Azakami’s Itadakimasu! (Bon Appetit!), an origami-inspired paper work of a plate-full of sushi and other food items for $8000; Rebecca Hossack’s cheeky screen prints of iconic New York and London on sale for $3000; Seong O Lee’s oversized paper collage of Marilyn Monroe, priced at $7000; and Marlene Rose’s Bookshelf Buddhas made of hand-casted glass and steel and priced at $2900 apiece. Geun Hwa Lee created mixed media pieces that looked like small rainbow fish swimming among the reefs surrounding an island, but up close the “fish” were actually what looked like painted pieces of cardboard. Featured artist Rebeca Raney displayed her Disco Babies, life-size stuffed and sequined mannequin-forms which greeted visitors at the entrance of the fair. Mariko Ishikawa created child-sized Dress Like A Bouquet, made of watercolored paper flowers. One particular wall near the back of the show was dedicated entirely to images of horses, and the image of Vigilante, a mixed media on wood panel created by Ken Peloke was especially arresting in its portrayal of a Black-Beauty-esque and majestic horse.
Visitors of all ages wandered the halls, and the Affordable Art Fair held many workshops and lectures to help educate early art buyers on just how to make that first big purchase. The AAF presented the perfect introduction to contemporary art and to becoming a first-time buyer. Next year’s installment will surely be as successful as this year’s as the fair continues to grow and gain more exposure.
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