When it comes to the art work at Art Basel, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
But even if you don’t have an extra $40,000 (or $4 million) lying around, but you still might be tempted to buy. We canvased a few of our experts (writers Anne Tschida and Siobhan Morrissey, and art consultant Lisa Austin) and came up with these hunting grounds for affordable art during Miami Art Week.
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Word to the wise: Art can increase in value, but often doesn’t — especially when acquired at a low price point. Buy things you love, and you’ll enjoy them regardless of price.
- NADA (New Art Dealers Association), at the Ice Palace: While prices have risen even here, you can find some limited-edition photographs, other multiples and even original works here that fall under $500. Tip: Go on Thursday if you can.
- Ink, at the Suites of Dorchester: These works on paper are all limited-edition multiples. While most will be outside the budget, it’s worth a look around.
- Satellite Art Show, at the Ocean Terrace Hotel, run by artists, describes itself as “the antagonist to the standard fair.”
- AquaArt, at the Aqua Hotel, features fresh talent that is often more affordable.
- Fridge Art Fair, at the Blue Moon Hotel. This show focuses on small works — many with small prices.
- Local galleries: Don’t forget them! During Art Week and beyond, local galleries feature work that sometimes fall within this range. Even when they don’t, you’ll have fun looking.