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Highlights From The Affordable Art Fair, Fall 2021!

lustre gallery booth photo by gail worley
Lustre Contemporary Gallery of Canada Was Among the Exhibitors at the Fall ’21 AAF (All Photos By Gail)

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!

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The Affordable Art Fair Returns for Spring 2021!

blush by greg creason photo by gail worley
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!

booth display emmanuel freemin gallery photo by gail worley
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!

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Favorite Art From The Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2019!

Patty Carroll Cooking The Goose
Patty Carroll, Cooking The Goose, $5000, Edition of 10 (All Photos By Gail: Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail))

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 Cactus Sculptures

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.

Ara Cho Cactus

Here’s a closer look at a piece she calls City Oassis – Ferocactus A (2019). Unique and super cute!

Liv Antonecchia Cake Slices

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.

David Bowie Ziggy

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.

Olivia Bonilla Heatwave

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!

Pink Wrapped Candy

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!

Pink Roller Skate
Pink Roller Skate ($4500)

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.

Rainbow Cloud and Lips
Blue Rainbow $4500; Purple Lips $3000

Red Glitter Popsicle By Betsy Enzenberger  

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.

Assorted Popsicles By Betsy Enzenberger

Betsy, who lives in Los Angeles, also had these smaller Popsicle sculptures for sale, priced at $200$300 per piece. They are so cool!

Assorted Popsicles By Betsy Enzenberger

Visit her website at This Link to inquire about commissions!

Popsicle Series

Here’s another Popsicle Series by Argentinian artist  Maximiliano Pecce, selling for $4500 per sculpture at Evan Lurie Gallery of Carmel, Indiana.

Popsicle Series Orange and Pink

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.

Popsicle Series Detail

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 Pink Happy Dog

Sebastian Burdon’s Pink Happy Dog ($2350) was found at Tag Fine Arts of London, UK!

Wall of Sardines By Ortaire De Coupigny

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.

Sardines By Ortaire De Coupigny

Ortaire is representedat the Affordable Art Fair by at Ronen Art Gallery of Amsterdam.

Nine Buddhas By Tal Nehoray

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.

Philippe Berry Purple Splash

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.

Badly Behaved Bottles By Love Jordan

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.

Badly Behaved Bottles Detail

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.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

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.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier Detail

I absolutely love this.

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

Peek & Choose Multicolored by Stephane Gautier

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

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 By Carl Smith

Green Robo Love ($800) by Carl Smith at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, California.

Composition No 181 By Mara Minuzzo

Composition No 181 ($2500) by Mara Minuzzo at Lustre Contemporary, located in Canada.

Lustre Art Booth

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!

Favorite Pink Artworks From the Affordable Art Fair, Fall 2017!

AAF Front Doors
All Photos By Gail

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.

AAF NY Fall 2017

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!

Art By Devra Freelander

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.

Soft Sculpture Gun

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!

I Love Plastic
Brett Goldstar’s I Love Plastic at Tag Fine Arts of London

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.

Pink Pop Culture Icons 1

Fun! Here’s another section.

Pink Pop Culture Icons 2

You could make game of trying to be the one who can accurately identify the most faces! Even better: make it a Drinking Game!

Rock n Roll Tribute
Rock ‘n’ Roll Tribute By Josefina Wendel Carlsson at Agora Gallery, NYC

Always

Hanna Moore, Always, at Lustre Contemporary, a Virtual Gallery which specializes in work by Canadian Artists.

Wyoming Moon
Steve Harris, Wyoming Moon at Paint Box Gallery, New York City

Cosmogonia Rosa

Cosmogonia Rosa By Isabelita Valdecasas at Soraya Cartategui, Spain

Brickbrick

Brickbrick By Chang-Hwan Park at Genuine Global Company, Seoul, South Korea

Art from Studio Paradise

Unidentified Art from Studio Paradise, Dubai, UAE

Lac Rose By Fei Alexeli at Retrospect Galleries

Lac Rose By Fei Alexeli at Retrospect Galleries, Australia

In-Gong Cosmic Dust 2 at Ginuine Global Company

In-Gong, Cosmic Dust 2, at Genuine Global Company

Morning 7

Morning 7 by Gyee-Won Han at Genuine Global Company

Scented Garden Suite

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.

Detail from Coeur De Soldat Pollock
Coeur De Soldat Pollock, Detail

Happy Mind Happy Life

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.

Vanilla Candy Cup Cone

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!

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Frida The Fortune Teller By Susan Elliott

Frida The Fortune Teller
Photos By Gail

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 (one of the small pieces used in mosaic work), 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.

Ceramic Flower Crown

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!