AAF CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR in NYC this weekend: June 14-17

This year’s AAF Contemporary Art Fair is this coming weekend in NYC. It will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (where Photo NY had been held in the past).

From the website:
“AAF is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 – $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 60 galleries with approximately a quarter of the exhibitors from Europe, Canada and South America.”

Additional programs (check the website for updates):

All lectures will take place on the lower level of the Altman Building and are free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 16 @ 2pm
First Steps: Beginning and Developing Your Collection
Moderated by Lisa Hunter, Author of The Intrepid Art Collector: The Beginner’s Guide to Finding, Buying, and Appreciating Art on a Budget

Sunday, June 17 @ 2pm
The Paper Chase: Collecting, Owning and Preserving Works on Paper
Moderated by Judith Solodkin, Founder of Solo Impression Inc.

The weekend lecture series is held in conjunction with The School of Visual Arts.

Art fairs are a great way to survey which galleries are representing what type of work; remember however that this is NOT the place to bring your work! Rather – do your homework at their fairs, and perhaps you will come away with a short list of galleries that you will add to your mailing list, watch for the directors to server as Jurors, or Reviewers at portfolio review events. The worst “first impression” you can make is to try to show a dealer your work, when they have invested (heavily) in being present at a fair to SELL work that they have committed to representing. Pay attention to those galleries who are now representing photographers as there may be new opportunities for you with these venues.

Among the many galleries participating are three of my favorites: Dolby Chadwick (SF), Foley Gallery (NYC) and The Print Center (Philadelphia).

You can join the mailing list for this annual event here.

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