Talks & tours

At the Affordable Art Fair, the best way to engage and learn is to join one of our free and informal talks. With a full schedule of events, you can educate yourself on everything from beginning and maintaining a collection to learning exclusive insider information on the contemporary art market at no extra cost.

Here’s what was on offer at our spring edition, do look out for our fall 2015 programming coming soon!

Spring 2015 programming

Dispelling the Myths: Collecting Prints and How to be a Savvy Editions Buyer
Thursday, March 26 

Purchasing prints can be a great way for beginners to start their collection and grow confidence in their buying instincts. We joined expert art dealer and TAG Fine Art’s Associate, Diana Ewer, to learn about the process of properly collecting prints and how the’ll instantly add value to your collection!

Perspectives on Collecting: Building your Private Collection
Thursday, March 26
Members and Guest Event hosted by ArtTable

ArtTable members took part in a lively discussion, debating how to build and develop your personal art collection. Moderated by Amy Kisch, Founder and CEO, AKArt, the panel featured Jill Bokor, Executive Director of The Salon: Art + Design Fair; Jessica Porter, Owner/Director, Porter Contemporary; Vivian Brodie, Specialist, Paddle8; Aliza Edelman, curator and art historian; Marlies Verhoeven Reijtenbagh, Co-Founder and CEO of The Cultivist; and Dexter Wimberly, curator.

This diverse array of panelists spoke about different approaches to building and maintaining a collection that has both personal and market value. As a new collector, where do you begin when starting your collection? Once you have started your collection, how to do you continue to grow it in a strategically? How do you collect at Art Fairs and in a fair-dominated market?

This event was for members and their guests. 

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How to Spot a Picasso: What to Look for in an Artist
Friday, March 27
Advisor, curator, publisher Diana Ewer and artist, collector Danielle Durchslag explained the best tools and resources available in finding emerging artists and making safe investments for your collection.

I Bought a Piece of Art, But How do I Hang it Properly in my Home?
Friday, March 27 

Affordable Art Fair’s official framer, Framebridge, walked us through the hanging process to make sure all of your new works of art looked fabulous, while secure, on your wall!

Passionate Collecting – Thoughtful Ownership Part Two
Presented by Travelers
Saturday, March 28 
Our legacy sponsor was back with the crew!  David Sleeman (Executive Director of Business Development at Winston Art Group), Von Sanborn (Attorney at Withers World Wide) and Director Cristina Salmastrelli, returned for a second annual debate on a new and refreshing contemporary art world subject!  Plus, our spring fair brought us the added bonus of artist, Danielle Durchslag, joining the panel for the first time in order to add another perspective to the bunch! Moderated by Travelers’ own National Fine Art Practice Leader, Andrew Gristina, the discussion was focused around the concept of the “Toxic Art Bubble.”

With the art world focusing on selling works over $250,000 to collectors, where does that leave the emerging collector of contemporary art?  Is there room for the art world to concentrate on both? 

The Evolution of your Collection Presented by Lofty.com
Saturday, March 28 

Back by popular demand, Lofty.com presented the Evolution of your Collection 2.0!  We joined a new group of experts that advised the collector, whether novice or seasoned, how to navigate your art collection properly through the decades.

The fairs spring panel was moderated by Andrew Huff ( arts professional), with panelists  Ann Lydecker (Pall Mall Art advisor), Sabine Wilson (independent art appraiser), Teriha Yaegashi (independent art advisor), Mark Lurie (Lofty.com founder), and Judith Day (art dealer and founder of Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art).

Tips From Author and Interior Designer, Betsy Helmuth
Sunday, March 29
Interior Designer and Author Betsy Helmuth shared her expertise on incorporating art and design into your home and office. Following the session, she will held a special signing for her newly released book, Big Design, Small Budget: Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps. 

*All programs were free with admission and took place in the Amazon Art Programming Lounge, lasting approximately 30 minutes each.

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