While the NYC edition of our favorite biannual art event, the Affordable Art Fair, reemerged from its Covid-imposed hiatus in the spring of this year, the fair’s fall edition (which took place over four days in late September) showed a significant return to form. Not only has the fair increased the number of exhibitors to again fill the second floor of their space at the Metropolitan Pavilion, but the sponsored open bar was back as well! Most importantly, the variety of unique artworks for sale has taken a step up. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite pieces!
You know I’m a sucker for anything pink, so I was instantly charmed by Loving Pears (Pink) by Cat Sirot ($8,000) spotted at Galerie L’ Atelier of NYC.
This colorful abstract, Curvy Delight ($1500) by Jose M. Fontaiña reminds me of a martini with an olive in it. Jose is represented by Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery in Las Vegas.
Simon Vargas specializes in surreal representations of extravagantly-dressed women amid fantasy scenarios who have flowers or fruit in place of a head. Visit him online for more works and prices at Simon Vargas Art.
Continuing on with the surreal, it was fun to discover a series of archival photographic prints by Miguel Vallinas at the booth for NYC’s Van Rensburg Galleries. Pictured above is Suppe Nummer 29, and below is Suppe Nummer 13 (all images are issued in limited editions of 25 and prices vary by print size).
Arguably my favorite piece at the fair was this whimsical painting entitled Sleeping Beauty ($3500), by Australian artist Vanessa Stockard, also at Van Rensburg Galleries. I could look at this one for hours.
Here’s a fun abstract geometric painting by Brooklyn-based Irish artist Bronwyn Whittle. She calls this cubist breakfast Swanson Order ($800), and I am guessing the title is a reference to this popular meme right here.
This would not be a proper AAF recap if it did not include at least one artwork influenced by the late great David Bowie. Space Oddity (David Bowie) ($2200) by David Hollier is one of the better ones — and the price includes the vintage typewriter!
As you can see, Bowie’s face (from the Aladdin Sane album cover) is comprised of lyrics to his popular song “Space Oddity.” Hollier is represented by the New Apostle Gallery in Westchester.
Also spotted at New Apostle is this very Halloween-appropriate digital collage called Marion ($1000) by Cesar Baez. This piece is really a steal as the price include the elaborate frame. Love it.
Let’s feature another skull, shall we? This is Navi ($2700) a beautiful blue work of glazed ceramic by Alexander Berezovchuc, found at Lysenko Gallery of London.
This is great, isn’t it? The piece is call Life ($3900) by Henrik Abedian, spotted at Connect Contemporary of Atlanta.
Believe it or not, this is not by Invader. It’s Bubble Gum Pink Fluo Ghost ($1920) by Mike Pelland, found at Artêria Gallery in Canada.
Do you like Donuts? I sure do. Sprinkle Feast ($540 for the 9-Piece Set) by Liv Antonecchia, has zero calories but is maybe a bit hard on the teeth. At the Miller Gallery, Charleston, SC.
Small Bésame Splatter ($850) is part of the Bésame series of pouty lips by Angela Chrusiaki Blehm. Very collectible! She is also represented by the Miller Gallery, in Charleston.
If you need a bling thing (and who doesn’t) how about this bejeweled delight entitled Pharaoh Hippo ($9500) by Oleg Kedria at VK Gallery in the Netherlands.
Works by one of my very favorite contemporary sculptors, Betsy Enzensberger, are always one of the great investments of the fair with her Popsicles ($300) available at Treat Gallery!
Treat Gallery is also where you’ll find midcentury-inspired photography from the Vacancy Series ($430) by Matt Mele.
Until next spring, Happy Arting!