It’s been a minute since I visited the most recent Art Expo NY — which was pretty darn impressive this time around. One of my favorite pink things from the show is Capsule II (Pink), a Pink Rotary Dial Telephone surrounded by fluttering Monarch Butterflies and encased in a resin block. This artwork by Diana Vurnbrand (who is also well-known for her photography) sells for $4,500.
Amy Shekhter is an emergent, emerging American contemporary artist who’s inspired by historic iconic figures and her love of today’s fashion. Amy uses a creative mix of mediums, merging digital design with various layers of texture using resin, glitter, paint, and crystals. By putting a modern spin on familiar imagery — as with this 2023 portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo entitled The Great Escape (Frida), Amy’s pop art not only introduces younger generations to these important icons, but also touches on materialism and values of today’s culture.
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Pop artist and designer Heather Lee Fazzino cites Keith Haring and Takashi Murakami as primary creative influences, though it would be hard to not include her father, renowned 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino in that category as well. You can see that she shares her dad’s meticulous attention to detail in this gorgeous hand-painted, one-of-a-kind guitar that any fan of The Beatles would love to own.
I have been known to good-naturedly refer to Art Expo as the Hotel/Motel Art Show of NYC art fairs, in that it hosts lots of art for people who do not really understand art. That means it is more about generating sales than blowing minds, and that is totally fine. Not everything can be as elitist and untouchable (read: fun) as Frieze. On the upside, the most recent Art Expo took place over Halloween weekend, so what it lacked in original artwork it made up for in A+ People -Watching. Take this woman dressed as a Pink Bunny, for example.
A year or two before the pandemic was even a thing, I noticed a vending machine similar-looking to this one installed in Union Square subway station. Likely sponsored by CVS or Duane Reade, it was stocked with common hygiene and healthcare items — such as a toothbrush/ toothpaste, Advil, and Tampax — that you might need in an emergency on your way to wherever. Not a bad idea, really. Who hasn’t forgotten to put something important in their purse or bag and wished there was a drugstore in the subway. I’m sure I have.