Canadian designer and visual artist Mara Minuzzo painted this solitary Pink Horn Chair as part of a marvelous series of Midcentury Chairs, which were on exhibit, along with a selection of her more abstract paintings, in the Lustre Contemporary booth at the recent Affordable Art Fair NYC, Spring Edition. You can see the full series of chairs, and lots more fantastic contemporary Pop art, by clicking on that link!
This year, New Yorkers definitely needed a seasonal hard reboot, and the Spring edition of the biannual Affordable Art Fair brought much-appreciated flashes of color and whimsy into the City during its exciting four-day run in late March. Whether you’re an experienced collector, someone looking to invest in a single piece for your home, or an art lover who just enjoys the inspiration and joy of browsing, the Affordable Art Fair is a great place to expose yourself to (and purchase) art from a finely curated selection of cutting-edge, contemporary galleries from across the globe. For me, this recent fair really embraced the spirt of fun and humor in art. Let’s look at a collection of my favorite fun artworks spotted at the AAFNYC for Spring 2019!
Ara Cho creates these soft Cactus Sculptures for Gallery Art Plaza, located in Seoul, South Korea. Made from stuffed, sewn and embellished leather, they sell for just $400 each.
Here’s a closer look at a piece she calls City Oassis – Ferocactus A (2019). Unique and super cute!
Among the best bargains of the fair, these fun stoneware and glazed ceramic sculptures of Cake Slices, by Liv Atonecchia were selling for just $54 each! I found them in the booth for Miller Gallery of Charleston, SC.
Miles Purvis Daniel made this bold and colorful collaged portrait of the late, great David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust ($6500), also found at Miller Gallery.
Displayed in that same gallery, just in front of Ziggy, was this imaginative sculpture by Olivia Bonilla, who manifested the dreamlike vision of a fancy Cupcake with NYC Yellow Cabs imbedded in its sky-high swirl of frosting. Entitled Heatwave, it was priced to move at just $225!
Online gallery ArtStar teamed up at AAFNYC with New York artists Robyn Blair and Name Glo to transform their booth display into an installation of candy-themed artworks that had fair-goers stopping in their tracks to grab a photo or two for their Instagram feeds!
These visually enchanting sculpted pieces incorporate specialty candies suspended in a hand-poured resin and a Plexiglas case. IThe Name Glo neon-look LED lights are sculpted by artisans based in New York.
You can get a better look at ArtStar’s display wall as you admire this monumental Red Glitter Popsicle sculpture ($2850) by Betsy Enzenberger from just across the aisle at Retrospect Galleries, which is based in Australia.
Betsy, who lives in Los Angeles, also had these smaller Popsicle sculptures for sale, priced at $200 – $300 per piece. They are so cool!
Visit her website at This Link to inquire about commissions!
Here’s another Popsicle Series by Argentinian artist Maximiliano Pecce, selling for $4500 per sculpture at Evan Lurie Gallery of Carmel, Indiana.
Each ice cream treat measures 40-inches by 24-inches and is made from melted recycled plastic covered with colorful plastic beads. Check it out.
Maximiliano’s work is an effort to increase awareness of the amount of plastic waste produced daily by our modern society, while retaining a nostalgic energy to those younger days of playing with plastic beads! I like it!
Sebastian Burdon’s Pink Happy Dog ($2350) was found at Tag Fine Arts of London, UK!
French artist Ortaire De Coupigny works with various materials and pigments to create his unique painted fish before suspending them in paraffin wax and covering them with transparent resin. Genuine sardine tins (manufactured in his local area) are used where possible to create an interesting dynamic between an industrial, mass-produced everyday object and art. The tins sell for $170 to $249, each.
Ortaire is representedat the Affordable Art Fair by at Ronen Art Gallery of Amsterdam.
Nine assorted-color, laser-cut Plexiglass seated Buddhas in a box frame (Nine, $950) is the work of Israeli artist Tal Nehoray. Found at Contempop Gallery, with locations in Tel Aviv and NYC.
This freeform wall sculpture of polished and varnished bronze is entitled Purple Splash ($8900) by French artist Philippe Berry. Photographed in the booth for Galerie Duret, Paris.
Imagine the time and meticulous attention to detail that went into creating Badly Behaved Bottles ($8800) by LoveJordan — a collaboration of artists Jonny Love and Samuel Jordan. Let’s take a closer look.
Wow! Consider the effort that went into filling each tiny bottle with paint, and then arranging them just so. LoveJordan are represented by Woolff Gallery of London.
This next piece mines a similar idea vein as the LoveJordan collaboration, but then takes it ‘to eleven,’ as the saying goes. Peek & Choose Multicolored ($6300) is a one-of-a-kind sculpture by Stéphane Gautier make up of sixty bespoke bottles of nail polish displayed in a Plexiglass case. Take a closer look and you’ll realize that each bottle bears the instantly recognizable logo of a well-known brand, celebrity, film, pop culture franchise, etc.
I absolutely love this.
Photographed at Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart of Paris.
Here’s some other random cool stuff that stood out in the crowd!
Egg Cup With French Bull Dog Salt Shaker ($6500) by CJ Green, spotted in the booth for Byard Art of Cambridge, UK.
Green Robo Love ($800) by Carl Smith at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, California.
Composition No 181 ($2500) by Mara Minuzzo at Lustre Contemporary, located in Canada.
Mara Minuzzo also painted the amazing collection of Mid-century Modern Chairs ($800 each), which are the perfect complement to display alongside this totally rad photograph of a vintage Pink Cadillac by Patrick Lajoie, entitled Rosy Days Are Here (In The Round) ($6000) which comes in a handmade aluminum frame!
And that wraps up our recap the Spring 2019 Affordable Art Fait, NY! See you again in the Fall!
Life is better with Art in it: it’s just a fact. Whether you are a seasoned collector, someone looking to start a collection by investing in a single piece for your home, or an art lover who just enjoys the inspiration and joy of browsing, the Affordable Art Fair is a great place to expose yourself to (and purchase) art of almost every tangible medium. Held in a dual-floor space inside the Metropolitan Pavilion, AAFNYC gathers contemporary galleries from across the globe in the spring and fall each year for a three-day event that’s always both educational and lots of fun. This season’s fair boasted the most diverse collection of high-quality, original art that l’ve noticed for as long as I’ve been attending. Let me turn you on to some of my favorite pieces spotted at this year’s fall fair!
This year’s lead booth was sponsored by the Non-Violence Art Project. The Non-Violence Symbol, also known as the Knotted Gun, was originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed in New York City in December 1980. The Non-Violence Project Foundation is a non-profit organization promoting peace and social change through education.
A portion of the revenue from the sales of these Limited Edition sculptures goes to the Non-Violence Project and contributes to social change and bringing increased peace to the world. Art for Peace!
At every fall edition, Affordable Art Fair NYC releases a Limited Edition Print in collaboration with an artist commissioned by the fair. Established in 2013 with minimalist artist Chad Kouri, Affordable Art Fair has since worked with artists specializing in a variety of mediums, from large scale woodcuts to mixed media collage pieces, with each artwork incorporating the fair’s signature color, pink. Limited to an edition size of 10, the prints are exhibited and available for sale at the fall fair.
This season, the Limited Edition Print series featured the above artwork by London-based artist Adam Bridgland (of Jealous Gallery). The screen print with spray paint overlays is a love letter to the urban wilderness that is New York City, and a thematic continuation of a sculptural work that Adam created earlier in 2018.
Before I get any further, I must give a shout out to deliciously smooth Van Gogh Vodka, who sponsored this year’s open bar! In case you didn’t already know, the bar is hidden way in the back on the second floor of the fair. I always make sure to hit that acton as soon as possible!
Let’s kick off this recap with some art featuring lovely ladies! This abstract portrait is entitled Joan and it is by Jean-Luc Almond ($7500), who is represented by Art Unified Gallery of Venice, California.
This collage of Marilyn Monroe’s face is created from hundreds of smaller images culled from vintage magazines.
I love this pop art portrait that looks like the pieces of a puzzle. Keymi (slang for Mickey) is the pseudonym of French painter and graffiti artist Stephan Raymond.
Sadly, I only managed to capture two of the Three Jumpers, a thread-based hanging sculpture by Moto Waganari ($9,300) at Connect Contemporary of Atlanta.
Check out the details on the skirt, below, which is made with paint and encaustic.
Everyone loves flowers. One of the first pieces that wowed me at the show was September Harvest by Kristin Sjaarda ($4250), which I found at Eye Buy Art, an online photography gallery located in Toronto. Kristin creates contemporary still-life photography influenced by the Dutch masters. She arranges and photographs flowers she picked from her own garden, emphasizing the diversity and beauty of the world around us. Kristin also only uses the natural light coming in from her kitchen window. Her work is simply stunning.
This colorful abstract entitled Ria Formosa, by artist Joana Vasconcelos, looks like a bouquet of flowers on acid. Available for $6500 at Manifold Editions, London, the print was created using a combination of etching and block printing methods.
Mathijs Siemens is a Dutch artist who creates his unique artwork using thread. Check out the detail below!
Ruined By James Talon ($4250) at The Public House of Art, Amsterdam
Transparencies (Sereis) By Salvador Santos at Soraya Cartategui Art Gallery, Madrid
I love these two paintings (above and below) of mid-century homes!
This relief wall sculpture of a tube of paint is made from screws! Check out the detail below!
AAFNYC is definitely the place to find unusual sculptures. These Man Bag sculptures by Debra Franses-Bean are $10,000 from Tag Fine Arts. Each piece, made from cast resin and found objects, is unique.
She Screamed for Ice Cream By Gillie and Marc ($2800) at Lilac Gallery
Blown Away Trooper By Josh Mayhem ($2400)
Music and musicians offer a huge source of inspiration for visual artists. This series of framed cassette tapes by James Talon were spotted at the booth for Public House of Art. They sell for $2,000 each.
David Bowie continues to inspire us.
This impressionist study of the four Beatles walking across Abbey Road is a fun way to revisit an iconic scene. The Beatles are still massively popular, but none them have inspired more artwork than John Lennon.
Imagine Thought Circle by Cary Henrie, made from acrylic on aluminum, is $295 from Lawley Art Group.
This one is pretty great: Lennon Superman By Srin Joy ($3800) at Connect Contemporary.
That’s it for the Fall edition of Affordable Art Fair NYC. If you’re interested in any of the art you see here, please visit the galleries online! Cheers!
The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, motivate and engage young people on how to peacefully resolve conflicts. It holds violence prevention and nonviolence education programs for schools and sports clubs around the world. NVP’s signature logo is the Non-Violence, also known as the Knotted Gun. It was created by the Swedish artist, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd (1934 – 2016) as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980, in New York City. Ambassadors of the Non-Violence Project include Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono, among others. This Shell Pink Knotted Gun sculpture was spotted for sale in the Non-Violence Project’s booth at the Fall 2018 Affordable Art Fair in NYC.
This Hot Pink Louis Vuitton-branded Hand Grenade is the work of artist Emil Armendariz (AKA Mr. Debonair) who became renowned in the world of contemporary art by mixing luxury brands with firearms and grenades to create unique works of art. Mr. Debonair’s particular mix of war and high fashion creates unique works art in his old-school, handcrafted artistic style. I mean, check out that high-gloss paint job!
Each design is numbered and very limited, and every single grenade is hand painted and signed by the artist. This beauty was spotted at the Fall 2018 Affordable Art Fair in NYC and is priced to own at just $1,200 from the Evan Lurie Gallary of Carmel, Indiana!
This year, the beginning of Spring in NYC was noteworthy not only for the arrival of Winter Storm Toby, but also for the kick off of the Affordable Art Fair — an event which we traditionally condense with a recap of the coolest Pink Artworks of the fair. Let’s get to it!
As usual, the Affordable Art Fair lived up to its reputation as the place to see, buy and be inspired by thousand of pieces of art — including unique sculpture, painting, photography and beyond — in a price range to fit every budget. While a few old favorite galleries were absent this year, a few others were back again, and a few established their presence at the AAFNYC for the first time, which kept the art fresh and exciting for everyone.
Greeting everyone at the entrance to the fair was Chiefs & Spirits International Art, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Chiefs & Spirits showcased a collection of very Spring-like wall sculptures by German artist Stefan Gross. These works resemble carpets of tiny blossoms and are, appropriately, entitled Bloomers.
These pieces are priced at $7,500 each.
Pop Artist Matthew Lapenta continues with his signature Emoji sculpture series with this piece found at Axiom Contemporary, located in Santa Monica, CA.
The Gift by George Charriez, $4,500, at Connect Contemporary in Atlanta.
Brooklyn’s Ground Floor Gallery represents many up-and-coming artists. This lovely abstract work is called Pink Dreams (Neon Dusk) (2018), by artist Rhia Hurt ($775).
The gallery owner also had on these gorgeous hot pink pumps!
Pink Snow Cephalopod (2018), By Jenny Brown, $250, also at Ground Floor Gallery.
Nothing says “It’s Spring, Bitches” quite like flowering tree, amiright?
This piece is called Fushia Spray in Two Parts — an exploding spray-paint can encased in an acrylic glass block — by Francois Bel. Priced at $5,600 from Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart, Paris.
Jealous Gallery of London, UK was back in action at the AAFNYC after taking last year off, and boy were they missed! We love their fun pop culture / pop art posters!
Decadence (Pink) By Sara Pope, $1440 Framed from Jealous Gallery.
Apologies for the wonky angles, but it was the only way to get the shot without a reflection in the glass!
Hey, do you like neon art? Check out this fun sign, You Blow My Mind by Lauren Baker: $2,050 at Liberty & Gas Gallery of London.
Pink, Black and Gold By Emily Carriere, $1,540 at Canada’s Lustre Contemporary.
I am sure that this works speaks to many people right about now.
Look what we found over at the booth for London’s Tag Fine Arts (a perennial favorite): it’s another piss-take on the iconic Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog Sculpture, this time from Pop Artist Sebastian Burdon (also known under the pseudonym Whatshisname).
Burdon’s POPek the Balloon Dog loves taking a poop, HA! POPek Pink (2017) can be yours for just $6,000!
Also at Tag, we found Heidler & Heeps’ B Side (Pink), 2014, print under resin, priced at $2,100!
Last but not least, we adore this piece by NYC-based artist Leslie Tucker! Leslie has rendered a very accurate representation of a fancy bra called Hooks & Slides, whose fastening straps feature a fanged viper at one end and a fish hook at other! Available from JVS Project Space in NYC for $975 framed.
See you in the Fall with more Pink Art!
Whether you’re an experienced art collector, a new investor looking for pieces with a personal resonance to enliven your home decor, or an art fan just looking for ideas, the Affordable Art Fair, which makes a biannual stop in Manhattan, is a must-attend event. Art Galleries come from around the globe to offer something for every taste beyond what you can find in the NYC galleries.
The AAFNY made its Fall stop at the Metropolitan Pavilion event space from September 14th through the 17th, but we made the scene for the Press Preview on Wednesday and hit each both in the search of the best Pink Art (which includes art in varying shades of pink, and art with pink as a secondary color), which is how we break it down. Enjoy!
The Recent Graduate Exhibition, displayed in the exterior and entry lobbies of the Metropolitan Pavilion, is a dedicated platform that supports emerging artists and curators within the contemporary art community. This fall, AAFNY featured two artists, one being New York-based sculptor Devra Freelander’s minimalist works like the one you see above.
Also chosen for this honor was Natalie Baxter, whose contribution, a series called Warm Gun, consisted of a colorful array of soft gun and firearm sculptures, each with a unique patchwork fabric construction. Topical!
An Art Fair wouldn’t be complete with the world’s most overly-licensed image of the late Marilyn Monroe showing up in multiple incarnations. We love this one though for its subtle incorporation of pop culture icons as part of the mosaic matrix that makes up her face. Take a look below.
Fun! Here’s another section.
You could make game of trying to be the one who can accurately identify the most faces! Even better: make it a Drinking Game!
Hanna Moore, Always, at Lustre Contemporary, a Virtual Gallery which specializes in work by Canadian Artists.
Cosmogonia Rosa By Isabelita Valdecasas at Soraya Cartategui, Spain
Brickbrick By Chang-Hwan Park at Genuine Global Company, Seoul, South Korea
Unidentified Art from Studio Paradise, Dubai, UAE
Lac Rose By Fei Alexeli at Retrospect Galleries, Australia
In-Gong, Cosmic Dust 2, at Genuine Global Company
Morning 7 by Gyee-Won Han at Genuine Global Company
Madeleine Lamon0t, Scented Garden Suite, at Lamont Stewart Art Projects of Toronto
Coeur De Soldat Pollock (Heart Of Soldier Pollock ) by Stéphane Gautier (Galerie Barrou Planquart, Partis) is made up of thousands of tiny Pink Army Men.
Continuing with Gautier‘s use of miniatures as a signature motif, the artist also likes to work with plastic Gummy Bear replicas adhered to his canvases, as seen in the above work, Happy Mind Happy Life.
Anna Barlow’s Vanilla Candy Cup Cone at London-based Kahn Gallery
And that’s a wrap for this year! See you again the Spring of 2018 for more Affordable Pink Art!