NEW YORK—A pair of hot pink cows stands out. For the interior design-minded, Vanessa Smith’s acrylic interiors are particularly appealing. Every year, the Affordable Art Fair offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to survey relatively reasonably priced fine art from dozens of U.S. and international galleries. “Affordable” means most of the paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture and mixed-media works range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
The Joanne Artman Gallery is featuring bold “Sunglasses” portraits by Anja van Herle; paintings by America Martin, a Colombian-American whose work is characterized by a unique indigenous line-drawing style; as well as innovative mixed-media pieces by James Verbicky. The Visual Arts Gallery is showing work by students from the School of Visual Arts. And Spence Gallery in Toronto, Canada, is exhibiting work by artists of African, Caribbean and Latin American descent, including Zoya Taylor.
The fair feels more accessible to a wider audience than most fine art fairs. In addition to the moderate pricing, gallery owners are quite welcoming and conversational with almost all visitors.
View Part 2 coverage of the fair here.
The Affordable Art Fair New York runs from April 18 to April 22, 2012 at 7 West 34th Street, near Fifth Avenue.
All photos by Arts Observer
“I was in a tram, it was about to rain in Milan,” 2012 (mixed media) by Fabio Coruzzi at Bicha Gallery in London.
“Daybreak,” (acrylic on canvas) by Vanessa Smith at Mark Jason Gallery.
“Flood,” (acrylic on canvas) by Vanessa Smith at Mark Jason Gallery.