Affordable Art Fair Spring 2015 Highlights

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This week, March 25th to 29th, the Affordable Art Fair New York returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion for its spring 2015 edition. With more than 70 galleries from around the world offering original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs priced from as low as $100 to $10,000—and more than half priced under $5,000—the Affordable Art Fair is the perfect place to add something new to your collection, or get one started. With so much to choose from, we turned to the AAF team as well as our own evaluations experts to share the pieces they have their eyes on at the fair.

 

Affordable Art Fair Picks

 

Cristina Salmastrelli, Fair Director

Melissa Arendt, Clusterfuck 6, 2012
Gouache on panel, 10 x 10 in
$210
Image Courtesy Of: Uprise Art (New York, NY) Booth 2.4

“The greens really pop on the wood, which caught my eye immediately. Then, the pencil on top of the paint adds a great layer and makes the piece so rich. The work is only 10 x 10 inches so you have to get up close and personal in order to appreciate it. Once you get really close, the details are amazing!”

Elizabeth Boyle, Finance Administrator

Rebecca Kinkead, Cannonball No.81
Oil on linen, 56 x 48 in
$9,900
Image Courtesy Of: Edgewater Gallery (Middlebury, VT) Booth 1.45

“I’m drawn to this piece by Rebecca Kinkead because of the fluidity of movement in the solid shapes. I love the blending of forms and colors and I am fascinated by the anonymous features of the children. All of Rebecca’s pieces at Edgewater Gallery have a playful tone that always speak to me.”

Nikki Iacovella, Fair Manager

Keiran Brennan Hinton, Open House #18, 2014
Oil on linen, 9 x 12 in
$600
Image Courtesy Of: FRONT art space (New York, NY) Booth 2.9

“This Brooklyn-based, Canadian-raised artist is definitely one to watch. Currently finishing an MFA at Yale, Kiernan Brennan Hinton has already showed in an impressive number of shows. I love the eerily domestic feel of this piece. It’s painterly and warm yet architectural and structured. I look forward to seeing more of Kieran’s pieces at the fair.”

Laura Toppi, Marketing and Communications Associate

Lizzie Gill, Crown Jewels, 2015
Digital pigment print, 28 x 21 in
$350 (unframed)
Image Courtesy Of: Sugarlift (Brooklyn, NY) Booth 2.11

Crown Jewels combines contemporary and retro themes in a fun and thought-provoking way. This mixed-media piece draws you in as the lines of time begin to blur. I love the vintage feel of the print as it has each viewer questioning the true identity of the work.”

Caitlin Britton, Partner & Sponsorship Coordinator

Barry Cawston, Trapiche Barnabe, 2010
C-Type Print with Acrylic Face Mount, 60 x 48 in
$7,500
Image Courtesy Of: Capital Culture (London, United Kingdom) Booth 1.24

“I love the crisp focus of this photograph in juxtaposition with the antique subject matter and the vibrant color that bleeds through. It’s impossibly uplifting and instils an immediate feeling of travel and excitement for me.”

 

Lofty.com Picks

 

Mark Lurie, Founder/CEO

Siân Hopkinson, Lemons
oil on board, 9 x 20.5 in
$6,400
Image Courtesy Of: Panter & Hall (London, UK) Booth 1.55

“This painting reminds me of some of the great still lives of Luis Melendez that are hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”

Sarah Shinn Pratt, Director

Nine Francois, Cougar #2, 2014

Archival pigment print, Various sizes
Price range $1,200–$4,700
Image Courtesy Of: Julie Nester Gallery (Park City, UT) Booth 1.26

“I like this photograph because of the animal’s expression. Staring back at this big, inscrutable cat is hypnotic.”

Jessica Mizrachi, Director of Consignments & Evaluations

Visarute Angkatavanich, White Dancer, 2013
Photograph, 32 x 32 in
$2,200
Image Courtesy Of: La Lanta Fine Art (Bangkok, Thailand) Booth 1.52

“I love this image—it reminds be of Ernst Haeckel’s illustrations in Kunstformen der Natur, which we have hanging in our home office. Nature is art!”

Corin Blust, Senior Evaluations Associate

Daan Oude Elferink, Picturesque, 2014
Photograph, 40 x 60 in
$4,500
Image Courtesy Of: Ronen Art Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Booth 1.13

“Possibly because I am from Detroit, I have a soft spot for ‘ruin porn,’ or images of deteriorating buildings, especially those that were once grand and luxurious, like Michigan Central Station in Detroit. I love the look of the pastoral, aristocratic wallpaper peeling off the walls in this deteriorating hallway. The details of the work will be striking and even more beautiful in person.”

John Maher, Evaluations Associate

Julian Lennon, Horizon, 2014
Photograph, 33 x 50 in
$3,000
Image Courtesy Of: Emmanuel Fremin Gallery (New York, NY) Booth 1.35

“I love how vast the landscape in this photograph is in comparison to the man in the foreground—it reminds me of my favorite German Romantic artist, Caspar David Friedrich, and his paintings of lone figures humbled by the natural expanses that surround them. Compared to nature, we are all so small!”