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PAINTINGS TO THE PEOPLE

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The Affordable Art Fair takes the experience of buying art away from Upper East Side showrooms and into the Tunnel, not far from the Lincoln Tunnel. But don’t let the proximity fool you. The previews alone — which feature an xogram of a rabbit in a magician’s hat and a cluster of glowsticks in a serene, screensaver-y landscape — promise arresting works of art from 50 local and international galleries. The Affordable Art Fair has gained enough traction since its founding in 1996 that it also takes place in Stockholm, Singapore, and Mexico City, among other cosmopolitan hubs, and has grown to include workshops like Collecting 101 and personal shopping sessions. Parents trying to decorate a new home can join their kids on a tour with the Art Fairy. But whether you’re ready to purchase a piece of art from $100 to $10,000 or not, the wares are ripe for browsing, and it makes for one sophisticated way to kick off fall.

Fri., Sept. 26, 11 a.m.; Sat., Sept. 27, 11 a.m.; Sun., Sept. 28, 11 a.m., 2014

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