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Saatchi goes to Brooklyn

Seems like we’ve found another reason to visit New York and Brooklyn in June as Saatchi’s The Other Art Fair are launching their first fair in the USA (June 1-4 at the Brooklyn Expo Center). Thankfully for those of us not able to make the trip, they have a fantastic website too.

Their approach is different from the traditional style fair aimed at art galleries, since they feature emerging art which starts at around $75, which makes it a good way into starting to collect art and means you’ll have something different from everyone you know.

They want to “connect audiences with the art world’s most talented artists at the start of their careers” says Ryan Stanier, the Founder of The Other Art Fair. And they have a bunch of live installations and art talks too.

There’s a special feature on Brooklyn-based artists and for those brave enough, tattoo artist Rosa Bluestone Perr will be offering hand-poked tattoos featuring designs exclusive to the fair.

The artists featured in each fair presented by TOAF are chosen by a panel of influential art experts and tastemakers to ensure fair goers are given access to the most promising and talented roster of emerging artists. This year’s U.S. selection committee includes big names from Saatchi, Friends of the High Line (which if you’ve never visited is a beautiful linear park across the rooftops of NYC), and luminaries from Brooklyn Magazine, MacGill, and Christie’s. You can know at least that even if you know nothing about art, the folks that do have curated what’s on sale.

The Saatchi Art online gallery carries more than 500,000 original paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs by over 50,000 emerging artists from over 100 countries. They say their mission is in redefining the experience of buying and selling art by providing art lovers with free art advisory services and an expertly curated selection of art www.saatchiart.com.

Here’s our pick from the TOAF. OK, so none of them are $75, but they give a sense of the range of styles available at the show:

Red Lips And Palm Trees

by Fei Alexeli

catalogue link, size: 39.4 H x 27.6 W x 0.8 in, $1,390

Formless 3

by Lacey Kim

catalogue link, size: 30 H x 40 W x 1 in, $3,950

Love Series I

by Vicky Barranguet

catalogue link, size: 57 H x 74 W x 2 in, $11,750

Inside the Lines – Limited Edition 1 of 8

by Cassandra Zampini

catalogue link, size: 18 H x 24 W x 0.1 in, $1,240

It’s All Mine

Lauren Matsumoto

catalogue link, size: 15 H x 12 W x 1.5 in, $1,200

To Find Out More

To learn more about The Other Art Fair, visit www.theotherartfair.com.

Private View:

Thursday, June 1st, 6:00pm-9:30pm when 100% of ticket sale proceeds benefit Free Arts NYC

General Entry:

Friday, June 2nd, 12:00pm–9:00pm, Saturday, June 3rd, 11:00am–7:00pm, Sunday, June 4th, 11:00am–6:00pm

They’ll be back in London at the Old Truman Brewery in October.

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