I'm a freelance writer/photographer living in the East Village neighborhood of New York City.
The current buzz in
the contemporary art world is about making work by emerging artists both available and affordable to a greater number of people. Some platforms have been very successful in offering such work to the masses, such as Jen Bekman's 20X200, a clever site that enables art lovers to purchase prints of new works from limited editions of 200, which are then sold for $20 each. Bekman also represents many of the artists she sells at her eponymous Lower East Side gallery.
In a similar vein comes Artspace, another curated online gallery that members can join for free, enabling them access to any number of contemporary works by established and up-and-coming artists—many at affordable prices.
Learn more about buying and selling art at New York City's annual Affordable Art Fair opening at the 7W showroom in midtown this spring, first with a private party on May 4 followed by free admission May 5.
Now in its third year, the fair has expanded to include lectures and workshops sponsored by respected heavyweights like Aperture. Meet exhibitors and artists from all over the world, network with dealers and promote your work. Listed below are a few highlights.
Collecting Talks Taking the Intimidation Factor Out of Collecting Art, Hosted by ArtStar.com Chrissy Crawford, Director/Founder, ArtStar.com, Rebecca Heidenberg, Director, RH Gallery, and Gabe Greenberg, Greenberg Editions, offer expert tips and insight about how to approach and navigate emerging art galleries, negotiate with dealers, and engage with New York's contemporary art scene. May 7, 2 PM; May 8, 2 PM
Collecting Photography The Basics, Hosted by Aperture Learn more about collecting photography, from editions to C-prints. May 6, 7PM; and May 7, 1PM
Taking Care, Hosted by Aperture Learn how to care for your collection, from archiving to framing. May 7, 4PM
Discussions With Female Artists Hosted by A.I.R. Gallery Narrative Abstraction Daria Dorosh, Multimedia Artist May 5, 6:30PM
Women Artists and the Community
Joan Snitzer, Painter and Director of Barnard Visual Arts Program May 5, 6:30PM
Female Photographers and the Fe(male) Gaze Jeanette May, Photographer May 6, 7PM
Works on Paper at Art X Women Ferris Olin, Co-Director of the Institute of Women & Art, Rutgers University May 6, 7PM
Women's Galleries & Feminist Art
Susan Bee, Painter May 7, 1PM
Collecting Work by Women Artists
Marjorie Martay of Art W May 7, 4PM
Interactions, Working with Digital Media, Cliché Verre and Printmaking Processes
Nancy Lasar, Printmaker May 8, 1:30PM
This really is an incredible thing to have in NYC. There's cheap art all over, but some of it leaves something to be desired. The art fair is definitely one of the best places to find what you want -- high quality items that are low cost and that you actually feel a connection to and you want to hang in your place.
By L.R. - senior writer Tuesday, 3rd of May @ 03:46 am