A few weeks ago, I attended New York’s Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in what I guess is Chelsea on W. 18th St. (I haven’t yet nailed down the boundaries of all the various NYC neighborhoods.)
I trucked down there, paid my $20 admission fee, and spent a few hours wandering around the galleries showcased within. While there were many art pieces that I loved, I can’t really say that the curators’ idea of “affordable” art and mine were in line.
They tout the exhibit as having art from $100-$10,000, with half priced at $5,000 or less. This may have all been true, but I don’t really think of $4,999 as affordable. Less expensive, maybe. But not affordable. Maybe the better question is, affordable to whom? I only counted a handful of artworks under $500.
But oh well. The affordability of the works didn’t deter me from swooning over some beautifully large animal portraits or giant abstract flowers in oil and acrylic.
What also caught my eye was that one of the booths exhibited works from the Art Students League that is a collective-like school just around the corner from us on W. 57th. I have been eyeing to join ever since my mom told me about it, but I haven’t done so yet because of the time commitment to become a member. You pay to be a full-time or part-time member, going to classes 2-5 days a week. And it’s open to anyone of any level which is very cool.
I would go to the Affordable Art Fair again next year, better prepared for what to expect. Maybe one day I’ll be able to go as part of an exhibit, rather than as a shopper!