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!
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!
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!
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 Enzensberger 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!
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!
This fantastic, ceramic mosaic portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, entitled Frida The Fortune Teller, was created by Hastings, UK-based artist Susan Elliott. Intricately composed from found ceramics mounted on board, the work combines still life and classic portraiture with the timeless art of mosaic-making to create a stunning modern sculpture. Elliott’s practice includes other works made from found and recycled ceramic kitchen crockery, tourist mementos, novelty mugs, and badges, which are then are woven into more traditional mosaic tesserae (), creating multi faceted, jewel-like and iconic images. Priced at just $3900, Frida The Fortune Teller is one of my favorite pieces seen at this fall’s installment of the Affordable Art Fair NY, where this photo was taken this past weekend.
I even felt a bit nostalgic looking at Frida’s gorgeous flower crown of delicate pink, white and yellow ceramic roses and recognizing them as being quite similar to a small ceramic floral bouquet found in the home where I grew up. If you missed Susan’s beautiful and unique art at the AAFNY, you can see more of her cool mosaic portraits, including those of pop culture icons like David Bowie and Amy Winehouse, and get contact information for galleries in the UK that represent her, at This Link!