The late arts patron Vera List, who had a natural eye for collecting contemporary art, once said: “I don’t want to buy what someone else likes. I want to buy what I like. I want to respond to it.” Sound advice for those who plan to attend the Affordable Art Fair, a five-day gathering of galleries from all over the world that is considered to be the most welcoming fair for newbie collectors. Find a wide range of works from more than 70 contemporary-art exhibitors, including ArtBlue Studio of Singapore, Centro de Edicion of Buenos Aires, and Victoria Kovalenchikova Gallery of Amsterdam. Works generally run between $100 and $10,000, but a majority are under $5,000, and all are a good investment—if you choose what you love.

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