Hey, look it’s a beautiful weekend for walking around and looking at (maybe thinking about buying) some art. And it just so happens that there are three major contemporary art events between today and Monday aiming to promote greater access and affordability in contemporary art. Perfect.
First up, the Affordable Art Fair opened yesterday at 7W (7 West 34th Street, right across from the Empire State Building) and continues through Sunday, offering excellent, inexpensive works from artists represented by galleries from all over the world, with a special section devoted to the Brooklyn-based galleries we know and love, like A.I.R., Causey Contemporary, Like the Spice and more. Admission is $20 ($15 for students and seniors), but if you’re a child under 12 you can get your mother in for free on Sunday (because Sunday is Mother’s Day, DO NOT FORGET THIS). Seriously though, folks: affordable art, it’s good for you.
One of my favorite Lower East Side galleries isn’t so sure that affordable art is good for artists though, so NY Studio Gallery (154 Stanton at Suffolk) is hosting the Unaffordable Art Fair, beginning today and continuing through Saturday evening’s cocktail party (6-9pm). We’re not sure what it is, but on the event’s Facebook page the organizers (artists Gregory de la Haba and CJ Nye) write: “We, the artists of the Unaffordable Art Fair, ask- How do you value art? Remember: you get what you pay for.” (Art) Fair enough.
Finally, on the truly unaffordable but no less worthwhile end of things, today is the first day of the inaugural New York Gallery Week, which, inexplicably, is only a four days-long event. No matter, because 50 Manhattan galleries and 7 non-profit art spaces will be throwing all kinds of free and special events today through Monday, including book signings, guided tours with curators and artists, panels and lectures, walking tours and good, old-fashioned free booze art parties. The highlight, if I had to pick one, might be the 3pm screening on Sunday at Murray Guy in Chelsea with artist Patricia Esquivias, SculptureCenter curator Fionn Meade, and independent curator Manuela Moscoso of the latter’s new film Los 29 Enchufes. Don’t miss these great events, or at least don’t miss all of them.