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September 27, 2022
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Inside the Affordable Art Fair, Where Artists Pose as Dealers and Paintings Fly Off the Walls

By Zachary Small For Artnet News September 27, 2022

Marking its 20th anniversary, the expo provides a window into the little-discussed and low-cost backbone of the art market. The Affordable Art Fair does things a little differently from its more prestigious brethren like Art Basel and Frieze, where blue-chip dealers schmooze their high-rolling clients in between sips of champagne. For starters, inventory cannot be priced above $10,000. There is no selection committee of veteran dealers choosing who receives a spot on the showroom floor. A good opening day at the Affordable Art Fair can top nearly $300,000—about half the price of a single Chris Ofili painting shown by David Zwirner at this year’s Armory Show. And yes, here, sometimes artists masquerade as their own dealers.

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