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.
While the NYC edition of our favorite biannual art event, the Affordable Art Fair, reemerged from its Covid-imposed hiatus in the spring of this year, the fair’s fall edition (which took place over four days in late September) showed a significant return to form. Not only has the fair increased the number of exhibitors to again fill the second floor of their space at the Metropolitan Pavilion, but the sponsored open bar was back as well! Most importantly, the variety of unique artworks for sale has taken a step up. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite pieces!
Canadian designer and visual artist Mara Minuzzo painted this solitary Pink Horn Chair as part of a marvelous series of Midcentury Chairs, which were on exhibit, along with a selection of her more abstract paintings, in the Lustre Contemporary booth at the recent Affordable Art Fair NYC, Spring Edition. You can see the full series of chairs, and lots more fantastic contemporary Pop art, by clicking on that link!