Many people probably think that art is something reserved only for the wealthiest of Americans. And to some extent, that’s certainly true. Purchasing art can be incredibly expensive, and sometimes single pieces can go for more money than some of us will make in our lifetimes. But don’t get some art confused with all art.
The New York City Affordable Art Fair is back this year to prove that art is for everyone, not just the rich. It will be held from April 3rd until April 7th in the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Prices begin around $100 and cap off at $10,000. It’s not thrift-store-cheap, but there will be lots of high quality art available for reasonable prices that won’t break the bank.
The AAF comes right on the heels of the Armory Show, which showcased some of the top contemporary art in the world. It’s also making an appearance just before the Frieze Art Fair. Both shows are certainly worth seeing, but for interested buyers who can’t afford to pay millions per piece, the AAF is the show to see.
The AAF began in 1999 in London’s Battersea Park, directed by Will Ramsay. It holds to the words of William Morris, who said, “I do not want Art for a few any more than I want education for a few, or freedom for a few.”
So instead of letting art belong to a smattering of privileged individuals, AAF extends the opportunity to average Americans. The show will feature photographs, paintings, prints, sculptures, and more. It will be a great opportunity not just for those interested in art to purchase some, but also for emerging artists to network, build rapport, and get their work out to the general public.