The Affordable Art Fair will open, with a Private View, on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. This annual event will be open to the public from Tuesday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 26th, showcasing original artwork ranging in price from $100 to $12,000.
The Affordable Art Fair has a long history across the globe of acting as a critical entry point for curious art-goers and new collectors seeking access to the contemporary art market. This year, the fair has expanded its price-cap to $12,000 which accommodates for the growth and maturation of artists’ markets after repeat exposure to collectors both at Affordable Art Fair and beyond.
This year, expect to see over 1,000 artworks shown by 75 galleries. Overwhelming? Begin with the ‘Spotlight on: Khao Haskell’ and move on to ‘Fair Director’s Picks.’ And now for your own picks’, you can start with the ‘Under $500 Wall’ which is a great place for an emerging collector to begin. But when you find that over-$500 piece of artwork that you just can’t live without, The Affordable Art Fair has a great way to purchase with Art Money, a quick and easy way to own exactly the artwork you want, with no interest payments for 10 months.
The fair programming will welcome back highlights including the Private View opening on Wednesday evening, Art After Dark programming on Thursday evening, and Free Fridays. The fair will also present its acclaimed Young Talent Exhibition, a special program curated by Arts Gowanus director Johnny Thornton which showcases emerging artistic talent from Brooklyn and the Greater New York Metro area. The fair’s Fellowship Program, which was piloted at the fall 2022 edition, will also continue its support of Brooklyn’s Established Gallery. This program is poised to grow over the next fair editions, welcoming a second and ultimately third Fellowship gallery participant by spring of 2024. The Curatorial Excellence Award also celebrates its 6th year at the spring fair.
Over the past year, the Affordable Art Fair New York has sought to reintroduce itself as a fair that promotes accessibility for both its collectors and its exhibitors. The fair provides a platform for galleries, artist-run projects, digital art platforms, among other gallery formats to exhibit, to market their stable of artists, and to cultivate meaningful relationships with collectors and arts enthusiasts in a way that fosters long-term relationships and encourages collecting. Further, through educational resources and tools — including partnerships with arts companies like Art Money — Affordable Art Fair New York commits itself to making art affordable and accessible to a broad collectorship. As the Affordable Art Fair continues to grow and distinguish itself within the New York arts ecosystem, it is with pleasure that we welcome new exhibitors and continue to grow the footprint of the fair.
These efforts have garnered the participation of 7 new exhibitors joining the Affordable Art Fair for the first time, among them: Arbor3 Arts, Philippe Labaune Gallery, Anne-Céline Grandury Art, and See|Me.
Welcoming back highlights include the acclaimed Young Talent Exhibition, a special program curated by Arts Gowanus director Johnny Thornton which showcases emerging artistic talent from Brooklyn and the Greater New York Metro area. This season’s presentation features Effloresce, a site-specific installation by Khae “K” Haskell, an interdisciplinary visual artist, draftsperson, and illustrator. The installation will be accompanied by a series of mixed media collages representing different stages and details of the natural world.
The Curatorial Excellence Award also celebrates its 6th year at the spring fair. The award underscores the fair’s commitment to fostering dynamic presentations and encouraging galleries to prioritize quality, content, and curation in developing their art fair presentations. This edition’s all-female jury includes: Nina Blumberg of @artstagram__, Angie Raman of @oneyearinparis, and Dr. Rose Vickers of @rosevickers
The Affordable Art Fair will have a Private View on Wednesday, March 22nd, with Public Opening from Thursday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 26th located at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC.
There is food & drink as well as wrapping & shipping. There is also an Art After Dark night and even Stroller Hours. Click on the Digital Fair Guide.