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Art You Can Actually Afford

Friday, May 07, 2010

Broke buyers can find a safe haven at the Affordable Art Fair. The event, which lasts through the weekend, gives wannabe art-collectors a chance to take part in the action without dropping as much cash.

The ninth annual event caters to first-time buyers and those who want something, yet still need to worry about paying their rent.

Over 75 galleries from five continents plan on exhibiting original paintings, sculptures, photographys, and other works on paper.

Works range in price from $100 to $10,000 — a far yet welcome cry from the going rate of big ticket items. Just the other day, Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sold for more than $106 million at Christie's auction house.

The vast majority of items at AAF cost a few hundred dollars. Though note, it does cost money to attend the show. Regular admission will set you back $20.

"Ask about the artist. Ask about how they make the work," says Judith Pineiro, the fair's director recommends for prospective collectors. "See if there are other works available by the artist. And think about where [the work] whereyou're going to have it in your home. Is it in the dining room? Think about the subject matter."

Her main advice: trust your instincts.

The fair runs until Sunday, May 9.

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