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This Weekend, Buy Artwork Directly from the Creators at BADA 2019

From August 29 through September 1 at La Rural.

By | [email protected] | August 27, 2019 11:21am

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If you were to think that the art world is full of snobbery and elitism, you wouldn’t be wrong. However, you wouldn’t be completely right, either. No, this isn’t a riddle (I’m just not fully caffeinated yet). Lucky for art lovers that don’t have time for any of that bullshit, BADA 2019 comes back to La Rural for its eighth edition this weekend, from August 29th through September 1st. Buenos Aires Directo de Artista is the only fair where artists sell directly to consumers, eliminating any and all meddling middlemen and snooty gallerists.

More than 250 artists will be setting up shop in Palermo, selling their creations – in a variety of styles and techniques, from drawing and painting to sculpture, mosaic, collage, installations, and more – to art lovers, nascent buyers, and anyone interested in learning more about the art world in general. And before you tell me that there’s no way a poor millennial like yourself could even fathom dropping a big chunk of cash for a painting, each artist showing at BADA 2019 has to have at least 10 small-format works that cost no more than AR $4,000. That’s right! Given the current exchange rate, that’s more or less US $70. I know for a fact that you spend more a month on drugs, Uber, and Grin, so quit your whining.

In an age where people are scrambling to buy hyper-local everything (I mean, weren’t we all doing that at Masticar a couple weeks ago, stocking up on artichokes from La Plata, blood oranges from Tucumán, and cheese from Lincoln?), it only makes sense that these principles apply to art. After all, isn’t it a great feeling to know that you were able to support a local creative in the most direct way possible? Maybe I’m just sensitive because, you know, the Amazon is in flames, but it’s times like these when we need to support the arts more than ever.

There will be spaces dedicated to young artists that won contests sponsored by BA Joven, the City Government of Buenos Aires’ initiative, as well as others run by UNA Visuales (Universidad Nacional de las Artes), which all aim to shed light on up-and-coming talents loaded with promise. In September, an e-commerce portal, aptly called BADA Shop, will be launched so artists can show and sell their work year-round.

BADA 2019 | August 29 – September 1 from 2 PM – 9 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | AR $250 general, AR $465 weekend pass, AR $150 students-pensioners, 2 x 1 Club La Nación & Tarjeta Clarín 365 | Web | Instagram

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