An AAFair to Remember

May 5, 2009

After participating for seven consecutive years, SVA is keeping things fresh at the New York Affordable Art Fair (AAF) with installations, live performance art, a panel discussion and, of course, a booth. The AAF provides new and established collectors with an opportunity to buy contemporary art in all media, with pieces priced between $100 and $10,000. This year it runs from May 7 – 10 and will take place at 7 W New York, 7 West 34th Street.

The SVA booth will display the work of nine soon-to-be graduates from various departments. The artists are Samuel T. Adams (MFA Fine Arts), Brandon Davey (MFA Fine Arts), Marysia Gacek (BFA Fine Arts), Julian Gilbert (BFA Photography), Yuhi Hasegawa (MFA Fine Arts), Greg Krauss (BFA Photography), Habby Osk (MFA Fine Arts), Ivar Theorin (BFA Fine Arts) and Edwin Vazquez (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay).

In addition to the booth, SVA will have several installations throughout the fair, including a large-scale sculpture by Theorin and wall-mounted piece by Stacy Scibelli (MFA Fine Arts). In perhaps the fair’s most “affordable” work, Davey is staging an arm-wrestling competition for fairgoers to take part in, complete with live video feed. The competition will run throughout the day, with the winners receiving a trophy created by Davey.

SVA will also have a presence in an exhibition organized by the AAF entitled “Closer to God.” This exhibition features the work of select recent graduates of New York MFA programs including current MFA Fine Arts Department student Shai Zurim. Additionally, SVA has organized a panel discussion entitled Building Your Own Art Empire in a Recession, which will be moderated by Steven Sergiovanni, director of Mixed Greens, and take place on May 9 at 5pm.

Images: (top) Yuhi Hasegawa, Innocently Violent, 2008, oil on canvas; (bottom) Brandon Davey, untitled performance, 2009.

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