Not as over-the-top as oh let's see last week's Frieze Art Fair. Still, there is good art to see at the Affordable Art Fair, with much of it actually within the purchasing range of mere mortals. We reckon our review of the 2008 AAF pretty much applies to this '09 event, just maybe with more portraits of bovines than pooches on display this year (don't ask us why). With a price cap set at £3000, art at this Battersea Park perennial is meant to move out the door (if not necessarily your sense of aesthetic).
If you've been to AAF in the past, expect more of the same. The good news is that means at least a handful of top notch London galleries are represented. On our visit, we found it refreshing that so many exhibitors were keen to gab about and to promote their artists (even to this scruffy reporter). Among the galleries we took special notice of, Kensington Church Street's Arts Republik with its collection of “real” and edgy Chinese art wowed us, as did the fresh faced folks from Crouch End's Jealous Gallery with their killer screen prints.
The Affordable Art Fair runs until Sunday the 25th at 6pm. Tickets start at £12 (£10 concessions). Visit www.affordableartfair.com for more information.
Photograph of Caieyi Lin's "A Green Revolution" (represented by Arts Republic) by Chris Osburn