The Affordable Art Fair
If you’ve ever wondered how art-savvy collectors manage to nab work from emerging talent before their prices go stratospheric, look no further than The Affordable Art Fair. Founded in Battersea Park, London by gallery owner and events man Will Ramsay in 1999, the festival now takes place annually in Seattle, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Rome, Stockholm, Singapore and Hong Kong
(among others) and from October 3-6 will be setting up shop again in New York.
No ordinary art fair, AAF abides by a William Morris mantra: "I do not want Art for a few any more than I want education for a few, or freedom for a few," promising as it does to display thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, with prices ranging from as little as US$100 all the way up to US$10,000, and with more than half under US$5,000. And in the same democratic vein, the work of young artists sits alongside the big names (which in the past has included the likes of Damien Hirst), while exhibitors are both domestic and far-reaching from Argentina to Israel.
And if you miss this one, AAFNYC is so popular it can justify two fairs a year, with the next in Spring 2014 – blank walls begone!