Culture Vulture: Balancing the price of art against its payoffs

The crowd at Affordable Art Fair Singapore. By making sure there was a wide range of pieces under $10,000, the fair showed art-buying newbies that art didn't have to cost six-figure sums.
The crowd at Affordable Art Fair Singapore. By making sure there was a wide range of pieces under $10,000, the fair showed art-buying newbies that art didn't have to cost six-figure sums.PHOTO: AAFS

SINGAPORE - I covered my first art fair, Tresors: International Fine Art & Antiques Fair, as a rookie reporter in 1994. But it took me another 17 years before I screwed up enough courage to buy my first "proper" work of art.

And I was almost thwarted in my first buying sortie. I made the mistake of trying a booth at Art Stage Singapore where the blonde gallerist gave me a critical once over, decided I wasn't worth the effort and ignored me in a very loud, pointed silence.

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