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Affordable Art Fair Returns to Chelsea This Week

By Mathew Katz | April 1, 2013 7:52am

CHELSEA — Who says you need to break the bank for fine art?

The Affordable Art Fair will return to Chelsea on April 3 at the Metropolitan Pavilion for four days of paintings, prints, sculptures and more — all for less than $10,000.

Whether you're new to the art world or just don't want to spend your life savings to add to your collection, the Affordable Art Fair has something for all levels of art aficionados. The fair is particularly aimed at new collectors who may not know how to get into art buying, and even has an online guide for first-time art buyers.

The fair brings together new artists and veteran names, with more than half of the works priced at less than $5,000. More than 80 galleries will show off works at the fair, making it larger than the fair's fall event.

The fair also features talks and workshops, including one aimed at kids who will work with staff from arts nonprofit DreamYard to create works in response to what's on display at the festival. In another workshop on April 7, Uprise Art founder Tze Chun will show visitors how to decorate homes on a budget with affordable art.

Founded in 1996 in London, the popular fair has spread around the world, taking place twice a year in New York. For years, the fall fair took place at Midtown's 7W New York, but it moved to The Tunnel in Chelsea in October.

The Affordable Art Fair kicks off with a preview party on April 3, and runs from April 4-7 at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. Tickets are $65 for the preview party and $15 per day, with free admission on Friday, April 5, from 6-8 p.m.