Affordable Art Fair and more
The first Affordable Art Fair that I went to was easily 8 years ago. It took place at the Pier. The show has changed locations but is now an event that takes place across the globe. The concept is of course being that everyone can own art made by real artists.
Certainly the web is changing the art world too. The opportunity to buy prints as well as limited editions from top artists are sold at 20 X 200, Art Space, Artstar and Exhibition A. You can even rent art for your walls from Artiscle. Access to art is available at an entirely different level. There is Art.sy where you can discover fine art and through them get connected to the gallery. There are also Art Fair sites that are launched around specific fairs where you can buy on line prior to the event, during the event and after the event. It is pretty amazing that you can see, discover and educate yourself about art while sitting on your couch watching your computer.
The fair this past weekend, on a beautiful day in NYC, was packed. 75 galleries from everywhere including a heavy presence from Australia. What I noticed the second I walked in was not only was the place packed that there was alot of purchases being made. People were walking out with their purchases, pieces were being wrapped...commerce was everywhere.
So what does that say? Does it say that more people are buying art, probably. What it said to me is that the economy in NYC is spreading its wings and that is a very good thing. Is Bloomberg still thinking about running for President?
Here is the highlights, at least for me.
I had seen these photographs when I was in Mexico City. An artist from Mexico City captures photographs of people who have come to NYC, dressed up as superheroes, as they go about their daily life and all of them send money home and work several jobs. The artist is Dulce Pinzon.
Most of the gallery was taken over by the artist who had turned the gallery into a garden. E.V. Day and Kembra Pfahler. I liked the garden more than the photos.