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The Affordable Art Fair 2011


 

Whether you’re a casual art lover or serious collector, there’s now at least 30% more reason for you to pop down to the F1 Pit Building at Marina South this November 18th to 20th. That’s because the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) is returning for the second year, and it promises to be bigger by at least 30%. That’s statistics right there, and we can’t fight with statistics.

 

Established in London more than 10 years ago to debunk the myth that collecting art is only for the wealthy and elite, AAF is now an annual event in nine major cities around the world and appeals to people from all walks of life by ensuring that artworks on display ranges from $100 to $10,000. The Singapore Fair this year will showcase more than 70 galleries from Asia, Australia and Europe offering a vast range of artwork ranging from oil paintings, sculptures to mix-medium displays.

Some brand name artists, such as Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst, would also be exhibiting during the fair. Established local artists such as Justin Lee and Genevieve Chua, who has been rising to prominence, will be participating as well.

 

AAF expects to welcome its 1 millionth visitor in 2011 since its first show in 1999. These visitors have come from shows in London, New York, Amsterdam, Milan, Brussels and Sydney, spending over £140 million. The fact that Singapore has now joined the ranks of these cities in bringing art to the masses just goes to show the burgeoning public interest and Singapore’s increasing reputation as a leading arts hub in Asia.

 

Serving more as a celebration and congregation of art lovers than anything else, the fair will also be complemented with activities such as free printmaking demonstrations, talks on contemporary art from Sotheby’s institute and children’s workshops by Art Boot Camp.

 

– Yishu

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