ARTS & CULTURE
03/23/2013 08:34 am ET | Updated Mar 24, 2013

Affordable Art Fair: New York Plays Host To A Four-Day Celebration Of Artworks You Can Actually Buy (PHOTOS)

There's nothing we adore more than an art organization with a democratizing attitude, so how could we not fall in with New York's upcoming Affordable Art Fair?

Set to take over the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea April 3-7, the fair is a welcome celebration of emerging artists whose works boast price tags beginning in the $100 range, never straying north of $10,000. The artworks -- a wild mix of paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures -- bring a spotlight on the members of the art world creating works a layperson can actually buy, widening the circle of a sometimes exclusive community in the process. Nestled between the Armory Show's massive showdown in March and Frieze Art Fair's looming chaos in May, the AAF is a perfect opportunity for hesitant collectors to get in the game.

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The AAF, which began in 1999 under the careful direction of Will Ramsay in London's Battersea Park, abides by a William Morris mantra, a quote that is carefully placed on the fair's website, which states: "I do not want Art for a few any more than I want education for a few, or freedom for a few."

With those words in mind, scroll through the slideshow below for a sneak peek at the works on display at the fair next month. From Xavi Carbonell's vibrant, Basquiat-inspired canvases to Antoine Rose's spectacular aerial photographs, there are endless options for all art collecting newbies and aficionados on a budget. Let us know what you think of AAF's NYC edition (the fair has outposts in places like Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Seattle as well) in the comments.

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