The Affordable Art Affair
As a student double majoring in Finance and Economics I spend the majority of my days learning formulas and computing data. It follows, that engaging with visual arts often takes a backburner in my life. In an attempt to stay abreast of the latest developments in the art world I attended the Affordable Art Fair held at the Metropolitan Pavilion. From the moment I entered the building I was overcome with exuberance. The Affordable Art Fair provided everything one could ever want from an art fair. The space was filled with countless original paintings, sculptures, and prints created by skilled artists from around the world. The stylish and diverse group of guests in attendance were just as interesting to observe as the art. And the bar was stocked with premium liquor, appropriately named Van Gogh Vodka. Ultimately, yielding a lively and welcoming atmosphere to appreciate the brilliant works of art on display.
Eager to explore this visual emporium I grabbed a map and begun visiting the many booths, each complete with a unique set of specially curated contemporary pieces. As I made my way through the two floors I expanded on my knowledge of fine art. Through making conversation with various art dealers I became familiarized with the names of some of the most distinguished artists of my time, gained insight on what to look for in a work of art, and learned the unexpected techniques and materials used by the creators.
With works from hundreds of artists, there is something suited to every taste. I was personally taken by the work produced by twins Franklyn and Brendan Connor. I was initially drawn to the dark humor presented in their paintings. I only became more intrigued with their work after talking with their representative. I learned that the Connor brothers were brought up within a cult known as “The Family” until their escape at age sixteen. As a result they were deprived of access to outside information throughout the entirety of their adolescence. Their highly unusual upbringing has altered their way of viewing society and this distinctive perspective is translated into their artwork.
Another artist that jumped out to me was the young artist Mónica Hernández, who in my opinion has perfected the art of visual storytelling. Her exhibition featured a collection of wonderfully colorful paintings. Her works primarily explore the concepts of desire and guilt, in relation to her background as a Dominican American.
Whether you are a seasoned collector, or simply looking for a creative and entertaining way to spend your evening, the Affordable Art Affair is the place for you.