Brooklyn Bound contributor Tsadiqwah Scarville hops on the subway to check out the Affordable Art Fair.
There are so many things to love about the much-to-do Big Apple, and experiencing the art scene is just one of them! I got a dose of pop culture with eye-popping contemporary art at the private preview of the Fall 2014 Affordable Art Fair in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. More than 40 galleries were on exhibit at The Tunnel, with original prints ranging from $100, and more than half of the illustrious designs priced under $5000!
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the international Affordable Art Fair, and it’s the most intriguing fair yet! The emphasis on “accessibility of art” bolstered up a record-breaking season with a follow-up of panel discussions, tours and an exclusive shopping experience with Affordable Art Director Cristina Salmastrelli. Inch by inch I made my way through The Tunnel, studying rich oil paintings, beautifully hand-carved sculptures and one-of-kind glass, digital and 3D art pieces.
AAF newcomers, such as the Brooklyn artists known as High on Visual Art (you knew I had to get that Brooklyn connection in there!), made a big splash with vivid abstract forms, acrylics on canvas and paper mache. A “stick-up art bag,” made from cast resin and found objects like Gucci sunshades and a revolver, was also a hot item by artist Debra Franses-Bean, as well as a personal favorite of mine!
If you missed the New York Affordable Art Fair, don’t worry be art happy because the fair now takes place throughout Europe and Asia and in Mexico City.