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Affordable Art Fair Manhattan in Chelsea NYC

Apr 12, 2018 at 06:05 pm by mikewood

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The Affordable Art Fair NYC

There’s Something for Everybody at the Affordable Art Fair

March 19, 2018 / Chelsea Neighborhood Manhattan near the West Village / Manhattan Art NYC / Manhattan Things To Do / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

affordable art fair chelsea manhattan nycThe Affordable Art Fair returns to New York City this week. It opens on Wednesday, March 21st at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in Chelsea with a private viewing from 6 to 9 pm [$80 at]. The Affordable Art Fair runs through this weekend, ending Sunday, March 25th at 5 pm.

The Affordable Art Fair is open from 11 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday, and Sunday it closes at 5 pm. In addition to the Wednesday Private Preview, on Thursday there’s Art After Dark from 6 to 9 pm, which also includes a complimentary drink, and a free viewing from 6 to 8 pm Friday evening. Tickets are also free for children under 12, and cost $10 for students and seniors, $20 for adults, $30 for Art After Dark (Thursday from 6 – 9 pm) and $80 for the Private Preview (Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm).

I attended the Affordable Art Fair last year at the Metropolitan Pavilion and will include a slide show of some of the items I found at the fair, as well as photos of some of the interesting-looking people who attended. I have begun to see many of the art shows I’ve attended in recent years, to be as much performance … as art.

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The Affordable Art Fair NYC

There’s Something for Everybody at the Affordable Art Fair

March 19, 2018 / Chelsea Neighborhood Manhattan near the West Village / Manhattan Art NYC / Manhattan Things To Do / Manhattan Buzz NYC. Continued.

Manhattan: Affordable Art Fair History

manhattan things to do nycThe Affordable Art Fair began in 1999 in London and has spread to ten cities around the world – although most of them are European. New York, Hong Kong and Singapore are the exceptions. The Affordable Art Fair appears to be well marketed, as they tell us that over 200,000 visit the fairs each year and that over 450,000 artworks have been sold.

The idea that inspired the Affordable Art Fairs was to make art more accessible to the general populace. The artworks include photography, paintings, sculpture, drawings, collage and prints and many pieces may be found which cost less than $400. The most expensive item I found cost in the neighborhood of $9,000. One report indicated that they require that 75% of the items sold by a vendor must cost under $5,000. They also included an art term glossary to help make art more accessible -


Affordable Art Fair Exhibitors NYC

manhattan affordable art fair manhattan nycMany of the artists who exhibit are local to the city or the nation. And all tolled, there will be between 50 and 75 of exhibitors at the Metropolitan Pavilion this week / end. This is their 24th edition, as they periodically hold two Affordable Art Fairs on some years [this year only one has been scheduled to date]. They estimate that between 8,000 and 25,000 people will attend the fair and that “most Galleries will make between $30,000 and $150,000 in art sales during the weekend”. So in addition to being an art event, there are also a lot of transactions going on.

In 2017 the Affordable Art Fair occupied two floors of the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street in Chelsea. The main floor is the largest and took the longest, while the upstairs was more condensed, it was also less crowded. On both levels I found interesting art and interesting looking people.

I could describe what I found, but as the saying goes, “A picture says a thousand words” and since I have dozens of good photos, I’ll let them speak for themselves. Slide show to follow later today or this week.

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