Affordable Art Fair aims to take intimidation factor away from buying art

C-print on diasec by Sarah Bahbah, courtesy of Corridor-Mika Gallery in Tel Aviv

C-print on diasec by Sarah Bahbah, courtesy of Corridor-Mika Gallery in Tel Aviv

By Sabina Mollot

It was nearly two decades ago when William Ramsay, founder of the Affordable Art Fair, opened a warehouse in London that he stocked full of affordable works by 150 relatively unknown artists. The warehouse as gallery wound up being such a hit that he went on to expand on the concept, to form the Affordable Art Fair where works of art are priced between $100 and $10,000 (half of it costing under $5,000).

AAF has since grown from its original London home to operate in other cities and overseas, including in New York, where its next event is set to take place from September 10-13. The fair will be run out of the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in Chelsea, while AAF New York is headquartered out of the same West 22nd Street building in the Flatiron District as Town & Village.

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The 1970s were on display at Manhattan Vintage Show

Stylist Purely Patricia Fox (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stylist Purely Patricia Fox (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

At the Manhattan Vintage Show, a thrice yearly event held at the Metropolitan Pavilion that last took place on Friday and Saturday, many vendors said they’d been stocking up for the resurgence of the 1970s.

The trend has also been creeping back into mainstream fashion with wide and flared pants having replaced the skinny silhouette and bright colors – a not-so-subtle hint that New Yorkers are ready for spring weather.

But in the vintage world, trends can also be kicked into high gear by period TV shows and this year, one influencer is the popular AMC show “Mad Men” (the last season of which was set in 1970).

“‘Mad Men’ is very hot and for us it means sexy secretary outfits,” said Jen Kuykendall, of Donnaland Vintage. “A lot of people have been having (themed) parties and there was an uptick in sales.”

The company had been selling many 1970s prints at the show and other recent vintage shows. “Anything 1970s,” or more specifically anything with bright colors and patterns.

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