The Gallery: The Affordable Art Fair

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Cal Lane. Plasma cut shovels (detail) 58"x24"

Get thee this weekend to the Affordable Art Fair!

This is a great chance to see loads of art from galleries across the US, Canada and even Europe. Prices start at $100 and are capped at $10,000 (used to be $5,000... ah, inflation) but you can find lots of great work for under $1,000.

Here are a few interesting booths to check out - galleries that'd otherwise require a road trip to see. Gallery Page and Strange, hailing from Halifax Nova Scotia will be at Booth M-402. There you can see Cal Lane's sculptures (an apotheosis of gardening tools).

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Cal Lane. Plasma cut Wheelbarrow.

Head over to Booth M-308, where Philadelphia is in the house. Gallery 339 will be showing some stunner photographic work – see Sarah Stolfa’s gripping portraits and Guariglia and Chen’s patterned photo montages.

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Sarah Stolfa. Joanna O'Boyle, 2005. Archival Pigment Print, 23 x 23 on 24x28 paper

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GUARIGLIA + CHEN. Shaolin, Bagua III, 2007, Archival Pigment Print

From across the pond is Rebecca Hossack Gallery at Booth M-100. This London gallery will have cut paper work by Welsh artist Anna Howarth and paintings that steal my heart by Scottish artist, Alasdair Wallace.

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Alasdair Wallace. Three Horses in a Field. Acrylic on Board. 50.5 x 47 cm

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Anna Howorth. Diana, 58 x 58 cm. Cut paper.

If it's your first time at one of these big art fairs -- I recommend doing a brisk turbo spin around the whole show and see which booths catch your eye... and then go back and look more closely. (Veterans - please pipe in with your own strategies for enjoying a big art fair.)

Details: The Affordable Art Fair runs from June 14 – 17 at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, btw 6th and 7th Ave. Admission is $15 – Students/Seniors $10. Children under 12 go free and Daddy’s get in free when they arrive with their children on Father's Day, June 17th!

Know any artists whose work would make a home a lovelier place? Send ideas to The Gallery. Thanks!

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