Affordable Art Fair NYC Fall Edition coming this September 26 - 29!

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Affordable Art Fair NYC will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion in September for its Fall edition where you will find an inspiring and friendly atmosphere to browse thousands of original contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints showcased by 74 local, national and international galleries. The Fair will bring back some of New York City’s favorite art events such as Art After Dark and their signature Private View taking place on Wednesday, September 25th in addition to some exciting new series and programs.

Series such as the highly anticipated Young Talent Exhibition will return this fall featuring the esteemed Ceramics program at Teachers College/Columbia University. The program which goes back to the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century fosters an environment of experimentation, creative discourse and interaction between all ages. The exhibition will include outstanding examples of the ceramic works from the Teachers College/Columbia University studio.

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Another interesting feature of the fair will be the launch of the new Trade Hours initiative taking place at 11am on Thursday, September 26th and Friday, September 27th, before the fair opens to the public. Trade Hours are a chance for interior designers and decorators, architects, art consultants and more, to engage with contemporary art galleries on a professional level like never before all while networking with New York City’s most prominent design experts.

At every fall edition, Affordable Art Fair NYC also releases a Limited Edition Print in collaboration with an artist commissioned by the fair. This year the fair will exhibit South London based linocut printmaker Ellen Von Wiegand’s work which places her battle with shyness at the center of her work. By featuring her own nude body, she confronts her lifelong fear of being seen, and uses this insecurity as a tool for expression and connection. The piece will only be available in an edition of 15 and is titled ‘She Seemed Odd from the Beginning’ and relates to the artist’s interest in the idea of belonging.

There is so much to do at Affordable Art Fair NYC and with contemporary artwork by over 400 established artists and rising stars, and price points ranging from $100-$10,000 – there is something to suit every taste and wallet whether you are a first-time art buyer or a seasoned collector.

Create! Magazine is excited to be partnering with AAF and we will have limited complimentary copies of our most recent issue available at the fair cafe. For additional information and to purchase admission tickets, please visit their website.

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We recently had the opportunity to interview the fair’s Director, Vanessa Seis, where we learned a few of her picks for new highlight exhibitors to see and the events you can’t miss, as well as some useful tips for first-time art collectors!

Can you tell us about the mission or vision behind the Affordable Art Fair and what sets it apart from the ever-growing calendar of international fairs?

The first Affordable Art Fair took place 20 years ago, in 1999 in Battersea Park in London, with the vision of making art accessible to all. To this day, we create art fairs that provide a welcoming, fun, educational and inspiring environment in which seasoned art collectors as well as art novices can browse and buy contemporary art under $10,000. I think it is that clear definition and the accessibility that really set us apart from other art fairs.

Is there something about the New York Fall iteration of your fair that is particularly unique?

A feature truly unique to the NYC Fall edition is our Limited Edition Print. We launched this feature in 2013 and have since been collaborating with an artist on a limited edition print that is truly unique to the year’s fall edition. Each print features our signature pink and is limited to an edition of 10-15. This fall, we are presenting a beautiful print by British artist Ellen Von Wiegand, represented by our longtime exhibitor DECORAZON gallery at the fair. It’s an edition of 15 and unframed, the piece is priced at $300. We have footage of Ellen creating the print on our blog and it’s exciting to get this peak behind the scenes and see how the print was created.

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What are you most excited about for this edition of the fair?

I’m probably most excited about our Young Talent Exhibition featuring students of the distinguished Teachers College, Columbia University ceramics program. The program is not customarily available to a broad art collecting audience and we are so proud to debut this series of work from emerging artists of the utmost caliber, from an international and diverse student body, all before it is available to the wider art market.

Can you name a few highlight exhibitors that attendees can look forward to seeing?

This is really tough, as we have a fantastic group of 74 local, national and international galleries this year. I love the internationality of our exhibitors and am excited to introduce RISE GALLERY from Tokyo as well as Bogotá-based artist-collective Rat Trap to our NYC audience. Of the US galleries that are joining us for the first time this edition, I’m excited for Collective 131 and Kathryn Markel Fine Art to join the Affordable Art Fair family. But there are so many more that are absolutely fantastic, so make sure to check out our full list of exhibitors on the website.

Besides the great exhibitors and art, are there any special events that viewers should be aware of?

We have two signature evening events, our Private View on Wednesday, September 25 and Art After Dark on Thursday, September 26. The Private View is the first opportunity to see the fair and buy the piece you’ve been coveting and Art After Dark is our event for young patrons of the arts. Both events include a complimentary drink and Art After Dark boasts a performative element, which I’m particularly proud of. It’s so special and inspiring to find yourself in an art fair and experience musical and performative elements as you wander through the aisles and look for that special piece of art to fall in love with.

Do you have a few tips for young or new collectors or those attending a fair for the first time?

Buy what you love! But do come a bit prepared and know your spaces and your budget. We have a great feature in the front of the fair called “Under $500 Wall” that gives fairgoers a curated overview of what’s possible even on a small budget. And I would also encourage everyone to just talk to our gallerists and ask them questions! They truly embody the Affordable Art Fair spirit and are so welcoming and knowledgeable.

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Website: https://affordableartfair.com/fairs/new-york-fall

FAIR HOURS

Wednesday, September 25

Private View | 6pm–9pm

Thursday, September 26

Trade Hours | 11am-12pm

General Admission | 12pm–6pm

Art After Dark | 6pm–9pm

Friday, September 27

Trade Hours | 11am-12pm

General Admission | 12pm–6pm

Free Admission | 6pm–8pm

Saturday, September 28

Stroller Hour | 10am-11am

General Admission | 11am–8pm

Sunday, September 29

Stroller Hour | 10am-11am

General Admission | 11am–5pm

GETTING THERE

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street.

Find us between 6th and 7th Avenues in Chelsea.

Nearest subways are 1, 2, 3, L, F and M lines.

Nearest MTA bus lines are M5, M7 and M20.

Get your tickets here. Private View Code: MCM10

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