Even if you’ve been attending New York’s biannual Affordable Art Fair for the past decade, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the blocks-long queue snaking east from the Metropolitan Pavilion for that of yet another big retail chain’s going-out-of-business sale. On my way to the Wednesday night Private View, I thought maybe the Container Store was in its final days, so it was kind of crazy to realize that the line lead directly to my destination, meaning the AAF is back post-Covid as a bona fide social event, attracting an eclectic group of VIPS, art enthusiasts, collectors, and assorted fans. Judging by the body-to-body crowd and vibrant atmosphere inside the venue, art events have entered a new, new normal. Welcome to it.
If I am ever asked to name my three favorite pastimes (which really is not often) I will respond as follows:
I like to Eat
I like to Look at Art
I like to Watch TV
You can see that my love of Art is way up there, ranking just behind my love of sustenance, TV and also (not mentioned previously) sleeping. Art Fairs are a terrific way to get a huge and diverse art fix in one place and my favorite is the twice-annual Affordable Art Fair (AAF), which I have been highlighting and photo-recapping since 2015! I can’t believe how much I rule.
Detail from Safe Space Installation by Traci Johnson
‘Surreal‘ is the word I would use to describe being in attendance at the absolutely packed Spring 2022 edition of the Affordable Art Fair, which took place in late March, but which I am just now getting around to telling you about, because things are surreal all over. Just like in the Before Times, the fair was crazy crowded — like Covid never happened. No one checked vax cards at the door and masks were optional (read: nonexistent). Is that good or bad? I don’t know anymore. All I can say is that the entire time I was inside the Metropolitan Pavilion was like being transported inside Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine. That said, let’s check out some of my favorite art from the show, much of which is definitely surreal!
Continue reading Favorite Art From The Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2022
This very fun mixed media sculpture– which re-imagines Barbie‘s head and torso engulfed in a pink, donut-like soft puff, while she sports hot pink swim fins on her feet — is part of the Icons series by artist Nicolette Benard. Nicolette is a Netherlands-based visual artist and jewelry designer represented by Chiefs and Spirits Gallery — in whose booth at the Spring Affordable Art Fair we spotted this excellent work ($1250 each). Wouldn’t it be cool if Mattel decided to make a series of Art Barbies and hired Nicolette to design them based on her Icons series? I think so! See more Icons on her website, at This Link!