Being an artist takes perseverance and patience while waiting for a muse to get entangled in a carefully camouflaged trap net. Let others do the hard work with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a one-day general-admission ticket to The Affordable Art Fair taking place May 5–8 at 7 West 34th Street (up to a $20 value). The fair opens at 11 a.m. each day and closes at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Founded 12 years ago and currently held in 10 locations worldwide, The Affordable Art Fair envisions a utopian society in which all art lovers have access to high-quality contemporary art at reasonable prices. Discover pieces priced from $100 up to $10,000 by today's most talented brush brandishers, ranging in degree of fame from art stars to artists who dress like black holes. Spring 2011 exhibitors include galleries and collectives from all over the world, including BadJupiter of New York, Capital Culture of London, and Villa del Arte of Barcelona, among many others.
Idea-hungry knowledge hoarders can catch one of the free events and workshops hosted throughout the fair, including the Aperture-led Collecting Photography series, which discusses everything from starting a collection to superior archival methods. In its short life, the fair has sold nearly $200 million worth of art to the picture-procuring public, a number sure to grow with this spring's iteration and subsequent stream of art grabbers.
Mothers receive free admission on May 8 if accompanied by a child. If you fit this description, use the Groupon on a different day to get the best value.
The Affordable Art Fair
The Affordable Art Fair nearly manages to fit the entire world of contemporary art into a sprawling—yet walkable—space. There will be over 1,000 local and international artists represented in galleries full of sculptures, paintings, photographs, and other media in every imaginable style. In fact, there are only three big requirements for the fair: every artist represented must be living, all work must be original, and everything must be priced below $10,000.
Visitors shouldn't be intimidated by that top price tag, though. Fair founder Will Ramsay and his team want to make art accessible to as many people as possible, so they amass pieces priced as low as $100. They also encourage art newbies and experts alike to attend and explore the works of established artists, emerging artists, and recent art graduates. Kids and adults might even uncover their own hidden talents during onsite art workshops.
- Bring paper and a pen, pencil, or fine-tipped paintbrush in order to note down favorite pieces as you wander.
- Ask the exhibiting artists questions about their works—you'll have a story to share later if you buy a piece.
- Check out the programming to see what free panels and tours to join.
- Check out this video primer for more details on what to expect.
7 W 34th St.
New York, New York 10001Get Directions