Blush By Greg Creason, $1650 at Creason’s Fine Art Galleries (All Photos By Gail)
A sure sign that the vaccine rollout is working — and Covid is finally on the wane — was the in-person return of the semi-annual Affordable Art Fair, which arrived at NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion on May 20th for four fun days of art and socializing, at long last!
Art By Inkyeong Baek (Left, Center) and Ardan Ozmenoglu (Right) at Fremin Gallery, NYC
While the Fair has been restaged to allow for better traffic flow and social distancing –which means many of our favorite vendors were absent (Tag Fine Arts, you were missed) — there was still lots of cool art to see, familiar faces and new exhibitors whose artworks we are excited to bring you in this post. Let’s take a look at the triumphant return of the Affordable Art Fair!
Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden Sculpture/Installation Paired With Chris Ofili’s Painting To Take and To Give (All Photo By Gail)
On a very rainy Sunday in NYC, the ideal indoor activity turned out be a ferry ride over to Randall’s Island for the Frieze Art Fair! Because what’s a little mud on your shoes compared to the joy of browsing for hours through thousands of prohibitively expensive artworks?
It Isn’t an Art Fair Without Yayoi Kusama!
Looking back through the digital archives, it appears that my previously most recent Frieze recap dates all the way back to 2015 — wow — for reasons that take too long to talk about. One thing that is abundantly clear though is that my skills as a photographer have improved greatly in the last four years! Let’s take look around this year’s Frieze Art Fair and check out a selection of my favorite art!
Carlotta (2017) is monumental 3D-effect stiles steel sculpture by Juame Pensa, found at Richard Grey Gallery. That’s an Alex Katz abstract painting at the left.
It didn’t take me long get distract by shiny things, because I neglected to note the artist of this installation of Colored Spherical Shaped Mirrors, which is just fantastic.
It might look like a weed has sprouted up though a crack in the wall at the booth for the Marlborough Gallery, but that weed is actually a metal sculpture. Clever!
Quartz Eroded Newspaper Machine (2019) by Daniel Arsham.
Here’s the view of another side: Coffee Cup included! Spotted at Perrotin Gallery.
Two colorful, feathered bears wrestle playfully in this sculpture by Paola Pivi entitled You Drive Me Crazy, also at Perrotin Gallery.
You know how it is when you have to wait so long for all of the people to clear out of the shot that your forget to make note of what you were photographing? This is one of those times.
Untitled (After John Singleton Copley) By Ewa Juszkiewicz
Mermaid Sculptures by Olivia Erlanger at And Now Gallery sell for $8,000 each!
Back and Forth (2016) By Marilyn Lerner at Kate Werble Gallery
Alyson Shotz created this iridescent suspended soft sculpture made from interlinked, dichroic-dyed aluminum discs, found at Derek Eller Gallery. Check out two detail views of this work, below.
Surface of Discs. Exterior.
Surface of Discs, Interior.
Here’s a unique blown-glass work by Gabriele Beveridge called True Bone. It’s so lovely I am compelled to offer a side view from which you can see how the glass ‘weeps’ over the chromed Steele frame, or bone.
Men Who Cannot Cry (2018) Neon Sculpture by Alfredo Jaar.
Mark Thomas Gibson, The Snowman (2018) at Fredericks and Freiser.
Stainless Steel and Urethane Vinyl Sculptures and Drawings by Seung-Taek Lee at Gallery Hyundai.
Alex Da Corte, Orb Weaver Weft (2019) at Karma Gallery.
Indigo Illusions (1991) By Betye Saar at Roberts Projects.
Empowered Women (2019) By Andrea Bowers at Andrew Kreps Gallery
This neon sign switched up its timely message by having the “ed” in “Empowered” flicker off and on. Nice.
Metaphysical Leg Pull (1976) By Duggie Fields, at The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd.
You Should Be Dancing (2018) By Jim Lambie
This reflective wall sculpture made from the lenses of sunglasses was also spotted at the both for at The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd.
Mirror Balloons By Jeppe Hein (2019) at 303 Gallery of New York.
Colorful Acrylic Sculptures By Marta Chilindron (Above and Below).
My Life As A Tree By Edouard Duval-Carrie (2019) at Lyle OReitzel Gallery.
Shiatsu (2019) By Max Hooper Schneider
Now here’s a modern sculpture that has everything! Max Hooper Schneider’s Shiatsu takes a custom acyclic vitrine — that an observer might easily mistake for an ordinary household aquarium — and creates a surreal habitat filled with hand tools scattered among the lush terrarium plant life and accented with a vintage neon sign! Let’s take a closer look.
Spectacular! Hooper Schneider’s work is represented by Maureen Paley Gallery of London.
Avid readers of The ‘Gig might recognize this freeform abstract sculpture as the work of sculptor Tony Cragg from This Post, though the one above, entitled Gate (2017) is of a much, much smaller scale!
Look Up: It’s one of Nick Cave’s Sound Suits!
Raked Leaves (Apparition) (2019) by Patrick Jacobs is a tiny diorama that was embedded into the wall of the booth for Pierogi Gallery of New York.
Check out this fabulous silk flower and bead-embellished hoodie sculpture, February (2018) by Devan Shimoyama. I would wear it.
Well that about wraps up this year’s Frieze coverage. If you dig the photos in this post please share the love and share the link on your social media! Art!
The 2017 edition of the annual Frieze Art Fair on New York’s Randall’s Island Park was a huge disappointment compared to previous years, or even to the Context Art Fair at the pier just one day earlier. The weather was the suck and most of the art was complete garbage. That said, I did get to see a handful of artworks that moved me. One of those is this large, egg shaped and wall-mounted cast polyurethane sculpture, To Be Titled (2017) by legendary artist Lynda Benglis.
Like all of the colorful, cast acyclic resin sculpture’s by artist Sam Tufnell, Dadadadadadada(2017) sits on a lighted pedestal to create a wildly appealing glow that really sets the work off. We spotted Pink Batman and his friends (see photo below) in the booth for Castle Fitizjohns Gallery at Art New York / Context Art Fairs at Pier 94. Below is the full work, which is a unique piece that sells for $5,500.
Telephone is a sculpture made from a re-purposed phone booth filled with blown glass, aluminum, silver and LEDS. Anyone familiar with local artist Randy Polumbo from Previous Posts here on The Gig will recognize his work immediately.
Telephone Interior Detail
Photographed at the Portal Art Fair, held at Federal Hall National Memorial in NYC, May 2016.
Update: Randy informs me that this piece is on exhibit at The Hollows, located at 151 Bedford Ave. (between N8 and N9) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for most of the Summer, too!
Pink Teddy Bear By Valay Shende, $4,000 (All Photos By Gail)
The late summer edition of the Affordable Art Fair is back at the Metropolitan Pavilion through Sunday, September 13th! We hit the Preview Night on Wednesday and were thrilled with the variety of artworks for sale and the friendliness of the gallery representatives on hand to help move each piece along to an art-loving home.
We took a ton of photos, as usual, but managed to edit this post down to 10 (or 11, actually) of our favorite Pink Things we saw at the show. Enjoy!
Adam KouKoudakis, Tiger Requiem (Pink) at Jealous Gallery London
Twiggy By Elisabetta Fantone at Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN
Brooklyn Bridge by Thierry Hoyau at Arteria Gallery, Canada
Bubblegum Sculptures By Maurizio Savini at Emanuel Fremin, NYC
Pink Panther in a Pink Suit, By JuanRamon Garcia at standARTe, Madrid Spain
Emma Levine, Flouro Tree II at LCA, London Contemporary Art
Emigre Collection, Tokyo Japan
Art By Lumir Hladik at Reference Contemporary, Toronto CA
Dong Hee Lee, Pink Cell Division at H.O.V Art (High on Visual Art), Brooklyn, NY
That was fun right? And there is so much more to see, so make sure to go this weekend!
The Metropolitan Pavilion is located at 125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) and the Affordable Art Fair hours are as follows:
For the moderately-sized art fair that it is, no one could accuse the Metro Curates show, which ran from January 21st to 25that the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street, of a lack of diversity or ambition.
An annual event now in its fourth year, Metro Curates brought together a dynamic and cerebrally stimulating array of periods, genres and styles from folk art to antiques and collectibles to pop and outsider art from across the country. Socially, it was a great place to see and be seen, and to schmooze with your artist and collector pals, but it was also an excellent outlet to gain exposure to facets of the art world that may be outside of your comfort zone. At any rate, this Art fair was a lot of fun!
Here are some photos of our favorite cool pieces from the show!
Matthew Dutton, Expecting at the Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn
Lilly Fenechel Untitled, at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Robert Buratti, The Death Card (Arcana)
Murano Slag Glass Circa 1970
Pair of 1920s Carousel Mirrors, American Garage, Los Angeles, CA
Metal Store Display: Safety Pin, Circa 1930s, American Garage, LA, CA
Howard Jones, Pink Bulb, American Primitive Gallery, NYC
Shoe Sculpture, American Primitive Gallery, NYC
Bill Rauhauser, The Wild, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Judicator Cap, Nigerian, Glass Beads, Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago