City Pulse

By Patricia Wersinger

If you think that owning contemporary art is beyond your means, think again. The Affordable Art Fair New York City (AAF NYC) is coming back to New York this weekend. Known for making art collecting within the reach of everyone by presenting contemporary art priced as low as $100 and for the most part below $5000, the AAF is heading for its 13th season.

The fair is now taking place annually in Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels, London, Melbourne, Milan, New York, North London, Singapore, and Sydney. Its success continues with the estimated millionth visitor to AAF expected in 2011. From May 5th – 8th, over 75 international and national galleries will exhibit original paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper at 7 West 34th Street, NYC.

To further the renewed interest for women artists that has generated full scale exhibitions at Moma PS 1, the Centre Pompidou and the Brooklyn Museum recently, AAF is hosting Art x Women consisting of 9 galleries offering only work by women artists. The fair is also presenting special installations, programming, and a Recent Graduate section in conjunction with Art x Women. At the Preview Show on Wednesday night, I saw more than several pieces I would love to hang in my living room from exquisite portraits by Bristish artist Mary Jane Ansell, paper cut outs by Amy Williams and abstracts by Casey Voigt. Additional programs and events at AAF NYC Spring 2011 include a Recent Graduates Exhibition curated by Sam Vernon, collecting discussions with, children activities hosted by, and photography focused talks with world-renowned Aperture.

In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, Moms accompanied by a child will be welcomed to AAF with free admission and a special Mother’s Day gift bag. As always, all children under 12 can attend the fair no admission charge during all public hours.

General Admission:

Saturday, May 7th: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 8th: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Ticket prices:
General admission tickets $20
Students and Seniors: $15
Group discounts (10+): $10
Children under 12: FREE during public fair hours

To purchase tickets, please visit

Originally published May 2011
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