On Wednesday May 4, I attended the New York City Affordable Art Fair’s opening night at 7 West 34th Street, 11 stories above Midtown Manhattan. Over 70 galleries from around the world were represented in a single venue. The organizers of the Affordable Art Fairs, which take place around the world, consider “affordable art” to be any original piece of work that is below US$10,000, €5,000 or £3,000. Many of the galleries, who were organized in 100 to 200 square foot booths, offered work ranging in price from as little as $50 to to the maximum amount permitted. However, on average, the prices tended to be around $1,200 to $3,600. Galleries from as far away as Hanoi Vietnam, Melbourne Australia and Buenos Aires Argentina showed work from the local artists they represent. However, the New York galleries, second only to London galleries, were predominantly represented.
Only two Washington area Galleries, East City’s very own Honfleur Gallery from Anacostia and Fraser Gallery, from Bethesda, MD, which closed its doors recently, had exhibition booths at the Affordable Art Fair NYC. Honfleur had a good blend of both artists whose works they have exhibited within the last 18 months along with a few newcomers such as Stephan Laplanche, a Paris-based painter who creates colorful abstract pieces with oil on board.
Art fairs are an ideal way for art lovers to connect to contemporary art movements, recent trends and a great occasion to network and meet peers from around the globe. For those readers who do not have the opportunity to travel to attend these events, know that in September, DC will have its first international art fair. The (e)merge art fair will take place September 22-25 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel at South Capitol and Eye Streets SW.
Moving forward, East City Art will continue to cover these events when our local galleries are represented either in the US or abroad and we will naturally bring you coverage of (e)merge. Below are some snapshots of Honfleur’s booth at the Affordable Art Fair.