artfair-feature

On Nights Like These: New York
The Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2014

The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) opened with a Private Preview  in NYC on April 2nd.  Despite the US$65 ticket fee, the line wrapped from the middle of the block all the way to Sixth Avenue, and the two-story venue was packed!

The AAF has now become a bit of a phenomenon with art priced no higher than US$10,000, the majority of offerings below US$5,000, and poppy pink stickers drawing attention to fun pieces priced under US$1,000.

The fair — which lasted from April 3rd to April 6th — is always a fun way to introduce yourself to collecting as all prices are displayed by the artwork – no snobbish lady with a European accent fake-flipping catalogues for minutes on end before returning to you to quote some astronomical and nonsensical figure.

We’ve bought art at the AAF before, and we recommend you search and DIG.  Many of the galleries will have a library of unframed pieces, prints, and sketches on the side, where there are many hidden treasures.

Our faves this season?

Xavi Carbonell, represented by Art Angler of New York.  We are partial to Xavi as we already own one of his masterpieces.

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Xavi Carbonell
Untitled, 2012
Mixed media on paper
19.75 x 27.5 in (50 x 70 cm)

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Lucie Bennett, represented by Eyestorm, a UK on-line gallery.  She reminds us of the playful lines of Julian Opie, perfect for a beach house, without being so hard on the pocketbook.

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Lucie Bennett
Ring-a-Zing-Zing, 2013
31.30 x 42.72 in (79 x 108 cm)

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Moriello of Arteria Gallery from Canada, who is doing digital ink jet prints on acrylic arranging large pixels onto a surface like a modern day impressionist.

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Moriello
Jackie O
Digital ink jet print on acrylic
24 x 24 in (61 x 61 cm)

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Last but not least, if you’re willing to hit the max at US$10,000, we’re loving Peter Monaghan, represented by Cube Gallery, and what he’s doing with ping pong balls and little discs.

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Peter Monaghan
Counter Balance
39.37 x 39.37 in (100 x 100 cm)

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The next day we returned to the fair, attending the “After Dark Young Collector’s Cocktails” event. And we’re glad we did.

The night before we had dinner reservations and wanted to spend more time at the exhibition.

This time around we were able to see all the art  while treating ourselves to a generous pouring of whiskey on the rocks with a nice shaving of orange peel.

We leave you this weekend with a few more top picks before we go out to buy some Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye and oranges for the weekend.

Some more of our faves?

To start with a pair of artists, whose work has made it into our own personal collection.

They’re Albane de Saint Remy and Marion Robert represented by the French gallery Galerie Barrou Planquart.

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At this year’s AAF, we immediately fell in love with the poetic lines of Albane de Saint Remy against the reds and the pinks that she does best in Braise, as well as a newer experimentation of greys with soft purples and greens in Inspire.

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Albane de Saint Remy
Braise
146 x 97 cm

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Marion Robert, only 30 years of age, got even better than last year with Peau de Loup and Paysage, taking her dark silhouettes to a stormy yet peaceful place.

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Marion Robert
Paysage
100 x 73 cm

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Back on the ground floor Peter Monaghan’s work was updated and we loved the new piece even more.

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Peter Monaghan
Large Gold And White

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Xavi Carbonell sold another painting as we stood by, and we found Carlos Albert’s sculpture of forged steel and wood powerful and intriguing. How did we miss that yesterday? It must have been the Hochstadter’s.

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Carlos Albert
Sombra 02, 2013
Forged steel
18.9” X 10.2” X 8.6 in