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Get Inspired This Weekend at the Affordable Art Fair NYC

by Caitlin Kelch

It’s that time of year again! When autumn rolls around, the familiar signs of the season return — falling leaves, cool mornings and one of our favorite art events filled with original work from independent artists. This weekend the Affordable Art Fair NYC opens to the public and we couldn’t be more excited! This year’s fair began yesterday and runs through September 30th at the Metropolitan Pavilion located at 125 W 18th St. You can get tickets here.

The very first edition of the Affordable Art Fair launched in London’s Battersea Park back in October 1999 and 10,000 art lovers descended upon the fair. The relaxed and no-pressure environment provided the perfect weekend for visitors to browse and purchase thousands of original contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints. After the original fair’s success, it became a reoccurring event and now the Affordable Art Fairs across the world welcome over 210,000 art enthusiasts each year. Visitors can enjoy a mix of local, national and international galleries showcasing a wide array of art by established artists and rising stars.

Beyond the comfortable gallery atmosphere, the fairs also host a creative smorgasbord of artist performances, innovative talks and tours, hands-on workshops, kid’s activities, live music and irresistible restaurants and bars. The fairs make for an ideal day out with family and friends. If you’re in NYC this weekend, visit the fair and get energized by the art and atmosphere. If you’re outside the city, take this opportunity to visit the site online, get inspired and maybe even plan a trip to the city around the celebration next year.

This post is is a collaboration between Design*Sponge and the Affordable Art Fair NYC. We encourage you to support independent artists and designers and this long-running event that brings original artwork to the public. Enjoy a preview of the art and event right here.

Today we’re sharing some of our favorites from this weekend’s fair!

Image above: Yvonne Michiels, ‘Fading Flowers Red’, 2017, Photo composition on diasec, Edition of 9, 43 x 43in, Villa del Arte Galleries, Stand 1.30.

Image above: Iona Stern, ‘Heat Haze’, 2018, Monotype, screen print and paint, 24 x 24in, Fine Art Consultancy London & Tokyo, Stand 1.41.


Image above: Jayoung Yoon, ‘Emptiness of Form 02’, 2018, Photopolymer on BFK rice paper, 11 x 15in, Julio Valdez Project Space, Stand 1.54.


Image above: David Farren, ‘Blue Reflections towards Times Square’, 2017, Oil and acrylic, 24 x 24in, $2,500, Signet Contemporary, Stand 1.21.


Image above: Laura Park, ‘Come Fly With Me’, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48in, Muriel Guépin gallery, Stand 1.2.

Image above: Adam Bridgland, ‘I Need This Wilderness For My Heart To Beat (NYC)’, 2018, Screen print on Somerset Tub Sized 410 gsm with hand spray paint overlays, Limited Edition of 10, 27.6 x 19.7 in, Unframed, TAG Fine Arts, Stand 1.11

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