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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Bambi at the Affordable Art Fair!

Pink Bambi
Photo By Gail

Hey what’s up. The annual Affordable Art Fair, which officially opens today, hosted a super crowded preview last night with free drinks and lots of amazing art that is, admittedly subjectively, priced to own. To the Fair’s creators, this means art priced up to $10,000, so your mileage may vary. I know that I admired perhaps a dozen works that I’d love to have in my collection, priced from between $400 to $3,000, so that certainly fits my budget — and that’s exciting!

This 3D Lenticular print depiction of a Hot Pink Giant Bambi wandering along a NYC street is by artist Paco Raphael, represented by the Ronen Art Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and sells for just $2700, which is a steal! There are also versions of this artwork where Bambi is Orange, and one where he is Purple. So, something for every taste!

What’s extra cool about AAF is that it hosts galleries from all over the globe, so you can see works from Europe and Asia that you otherwise might not be exposed to, all in one place.

Affordable Art Fair takes place at the Metropolitan  Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in NYC, through Sunday March 29th, 2015. Visit This Link for more information!

Dasani Air Batman on Bowery and Houston

Dasani Air Batman
Photo By Gail

I’m not sure who does the Dasani Air street art — which has been floating around the east village since 2013 — but this one (spotted on Bowery just below Houston) was new to me. I’ve seen it with Queen Elizabeth sucking on a canister of Dasani Air (clearly parody of Coca Cola brand’s Dasani Water) but Batman is pretty popular as well.

Sweet Toof at Broome and Bowery

Sweet Toof
Photo By Gail

It’s really been years since we spotted any work by the mysterious British Street Artist Sweet Toof in the neighborhood, but maybe that is just because we do not know where to look! Immediately recognizable for the distinctive, over-sized Gums on the character, this cheerful mural can be found at the northeast corner of Broome and Bowery in downtown Manhattan.

Update: Sweet Toof (@onlysweettoof) recently tweeted at me to inform me that this shutter mural is actually a collaboration between him and DarkClouds. So, thanks for that!

Ice Head Sculpture

Ice Head 1
All Photos By Diane Anderson

My friend Diane (a.k.a.”Diaaahhne!”) took these fun photos of an Ice Head Sculpture sitting atop a parking meter near 5th Avenue between 96th and 97th Streets in Manhattan. I’m sure it was once malleable snow, but the consistently frigid temperatures that we have been enjoying just lately have turned it to solid ice. Kinda creepy.

Ice Head 3

Frank Gehry’s IAC Building

IAC Building
All Photos By Gail

The IAC Building, which is the headquarters for InterAcive Corp, sits on the Hudson River-facing lot on Eleventh Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets. I sometimes pass it when I am gallery hopping and when it is lit up at night it is quite a breathtaking site.

IAC Building Screens

Besides the fact that the building itself is one of the most gorgeous examples of modern architecture in Manhattan, I am also quite charmed by the block-long series of video screens in the building’s lobby, which are visible from Eleventh Avenue. The visuals change all the time, but on a night last fall I snapped few photos of this pink and green set of abstract images.

IAC Building Screens Detail

When you get up close to the glass, you can see it is imbedded with little black dots, which I imagine help to shade the interior and add a dimension of privacy during the day.

IAC Building Facade Detail

I love this building.

IAC Building in the Snow

Snow White Store Window Display, Saks Fifth Avenue

Snow White Store Window
Photo By Gail

It is no secret among residents of NYC that the worst possible place to be in the City — besides Times Square, really, ever — is in the midst of midtown sidewalk shopping traffic during the Holiday Season. Seriously, you might as well just kill yourself. But if you happen to find yourself in that area at this time of year, do fight your way to the Avenue-facing display windows of Saks Fifth Avenue Department Store, because you might see something super cool, like this scene from Snow White, where the Wicked Queen tempts Snow with the Poison Apple. And we all know how that turned out.