Art World Missed Connections: At the Affordable Art Fair and Outside MoMA PS1

This week’s two Art World Missed Connections take us from a booth at the Affordable Art Fair‘s first fall edition in Chelsea to the sidewalks outside Long Island City’s MoMA PS1, where two strangers pass each other, while exchanging sidelong glances filled with desire, “every morning.” While the former involves a plot filled with international intrigue that seems unfortunately doomed to fall victim to the vagaries of the global affordable art fair circuit, the latter should be an easy fix.

In his moving post “This happens every morning……It must stop – m4w (21st street LIC),” a romantic young man writes:

On 21st street across from PS1, just about every weekday we pass each other and make eye contact. Sometimes they are side way glances, but they always make me smile. We seem to be both on our way to work, but I always want to interrupt your stride and introduce myself. This morning in the pouring rain and you still were a vision of beauty with your tousled hair under a hood and rain boots on. I always turn around as we pass each other hoping I can catch you looking my way again. Put a description of what I look like in your email so I know it is really you.

Please let’s stop this and meet over a cup of coffee already. I think we owe it to ourselves…Agreed? ; )

Well that’s just beautiful — the rain scene especially — but coffee? Coffee?! What about horse meat steak tartare sugar pie from the new M. Wells Dinette at PS1? Much more romantic, in our books.

Earlier this month, in Chelsea, an aspiring collector from Russia stepped in to the Victoria Kovalenchikova Gallery booth at the Affordable Art Fair, and walked away with the booth attendant’s heart. His post, “Affordable Art Fair/Russian blonde with glasses – m4w – 42 (Chelsea),” elaborates:

You were visitng Victoria’s art booth from AmsterdamI was helping her, we talked about you returning. You had to leave with your friend. I hoped you would come back. If this finds you, contact me.

An accompanying photo shows the gallery’s booth at the AAF. It sounds as though the elusive Russian simply wasn’t interested in the gallery’s wares, but we suppose said suspicions may be confirmed — or debunked — if she turns up again at this weekend’s Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Detail of Georges Rouault, “Le Sacré Coeur,” 1935-1939. Via Centre Pompidou.)