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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 Enzenberger 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!

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Favorite Art From the Affordable Art Fair!

Heidler & Heeps Vinyl Collection
Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection (2014) At Bleach Box Gallery, London (All Photos By Gail)

The Affordable Art Fair, which took over two floors of the Metropolitan Pavilion from March 25th – 29th, may now be relegated to a cache of wonderful memories, but that doesn’t mean we can’t revisit some of the fantastic art we saw over several visits, or give a well-earned shout out to the many galleries from all over the globe who came together to make this such a successful and memorable event for all art lovers who attended.

Here are some of our favorite pieces and galleries from the show!

Tom Morosz Seven's Home
Tom Morosz, Seven’s Home, Fractal Optic Crystal at Ai Bo Gallery, Rye NY

Jacky Tsai War Skull
Jacky Tsai, War Skull (Jack of Spades), Eyestorm Online Gallery

Lucie Bennett Romy In Lights
Lucie Bennett, Romy In Lights, Eyestorm Online Gallery

Valerio Loi Instagram
Valerio Loi, Instagram at Artstar

Eom Hae Jo, Thesaurus III
Eom Hae Jo, Thesaurus III, Dura Artspace, Seoul South Korea

Yoo Sun Tai, Text and Word
Yoo Sun Tai, Text and Word, Dura Artspace, Seoul South Korea

Xavi Carbonell, Untitled
Xavi Carbonell, Untitled, Art Angler, New York City

Basquiat-esqe!

Reyka Vodka Bar

A special shout out goes to Reyka Vodka (my favorite), who sponsored Free Admission Friday and hosted an open bar on the second floor. Impulsive Drunk Art Buying! Woo!

Miniature Balloon Dog
Miniature Jeff Koons Balloon Dog, Karyn Mannix Contemporary, East Hampton, NY

The folks in the Karyn Mannix Contemporary booth, who were selling these adorable miniature replicas of Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dogs mounted on drink coaster-sized mirrors could be overhead chatting about how “Jeff Koons does not own the likeness of the Balloon Dog” and thus anyone should be able to do whatever the heck they want with it, and blah blah blah. They have a point, of course, and I am sure this argument holds water right up to litigation time!

Elvis By Keith Haynes
Elvis By Keith Haynes, Vinyl Sculpture, Will’s Art Warehouse, London UK

Happy Days Golden Clouds
Happy Days, 14K Gold-Glazed Porcelain Clouds, Michele Mariaud Gallery, NYC

Ryan Callanan Love is the Drug
Ryan Callanan, Love is the Drug, Tag Fine Arts, London, UK

Tag Fine Arts in London had one of our overall favorite booths, showcasing lots of eye-catching, contemporary pop art, with most pieces priced in the $2,000 range.

David Shrigley Brass Tooth
David Shrigley Brass Tooth, Tag Fine Arts

Tag Fine Arts Booth
Tag Fine Arts Booth

Tom Ungerer, Eat
Tom Ungerer, Eat at Artspace Online

Now You See Me By Nemp Jantzen
Now You See Me By Nemo Jantzen, Galerie Envie D’Art, Paris, France

Check out a detail shot of the above work, just below:

Now You See Me Detail

Yves Krief Mur n 159
Yves Krief, Mur n 159, Galerie Envie D’Art, Paris, France

Constellation V by Pedro Bonnin
Constellation V by Pedro Bonnin, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Where The Action is Mick by Robert Mars
Where The Action is Mick by Robert Mars, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

She No 4 by Chamnan Chongpaiboon
She No 4 by Chamnan Chongpaiboon, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Ninja Skull - Sakura, Shin Koyama
Ninja Skull – Sakura, Shin Koyama, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Rock 'em Sock 'em by Nelson De La Nuez
Rock ’em Sock ’em by Nelson De La Nuez, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA, CA

Jean-Marc Calvet, El Viaje
Jean-Marc Calvet, El Viaje at MZ Urban Art, NYC

Jealous Gallery Booth

Finally, let’s make a pit-stop at another favorite exhibitor, Jealous Gallery, which has several locations in London, UK. It is probably no accident that this the booth where I ended up making a purchase.

Bowie and Madonna By Ragman
Bowie and Madonna By Ragman, Jealous Gallery, London, UK

Photo Opportunity Shocking Pink by Russell Marshall
Photo Opportunity – Shocking Pink by Russell Marshall

Simone Lia, I've Got No Brain
Simone Lia, I’ve Got No Brain

Such fun art! If you like something you’ve seen on this post, feel free to look up the galleries or the artists on the Google!

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What Works: An ArtStar Pop-Up Exhibition to Open for Three Days Only!


Todd Knopke, Chapel (2010) (Top)

Katherine Newbegin, Hotel Slavija, Belgrade, Serbia (2009) (Bottom)

ArtStar.com, seller of affordable, collectible art prints, will be hosting their first pop-up show in their unique gallery space on the Lower East Side later this week, and it should be one of the summer’s not-to-be-missed art events. What Works features the art of six artist couples who explore the influence they have on each other. Each artist will present a work that reflects, either consciously or unconsciously, the influence of his or her partner. The show includes photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, tapestry, baked goods, and alien encounters from ArtStar and Little Collector artists and their talented paramours who will take over the ArtStar gallery space for a three day exhibition. ArtStar Creative Director Rich Hendricks is excited to bring this show to the public. “Having launched ArtStar.com just over five months ago, it is our mission to create new opportunities for artists and collectors. Transforming our office space into a temporary gallery to showcase our artists and curators is just another platform for more art lovers and collectors to engage with contemporary art.”

Participating artist couples include:

Kate Sullivan & David Levinthal
Langdon Graves & Nick Van Woert
Erin Kornfled & Charlie Schultz
Ginger Schulick & Don Porcella
Katherine Newbegin & Todd Knopke
Colette Robbins & Micah Ganske

Don Porcella, widely known for his fantastic pipe cleaner sculptures, participates in the show along with his fiancée, curator Ginger Shulick. Don offered the following statement that What Works “is a great idea for an exhibition, because it explores the relationship between partners and how it relates to their artistic practice. For me, I really love being in a relationship with Ginger Shulick. She has the best ideas and she really understands what it means to be creative. Ginger is a great supporter of the arts and artists in particular. She really fosters their growth and pushes them to make the best work possible. We constantly talk about art and through these discussions new ideas emerge. We are both very critical about art and that criticism helps me push myself. It also creates a context for me when thinking about where my art might go and be seen. Since Ginger is primarily a curator, I get to see the world through her eyes and this helps me a great deal when thinking about how my work will fit into an exhibition.”

I think What Works sounds like a unique and fun exhibit. I’ll see you there on Thursday!

The Opening Reception for What Works: An ArtStar Pop-Up Exhibition Takes Place on Thursday July 14, 2011 from 6 – 9 PM, With Viewings By Appointment from July 15 – 17, 2011, at ArtStar’s Space, located at 195 Chrystie Street 801B, New York NY 10002. Email chrissy@artstar.com or Call 917-710-5509 for more information or to arrange to see the art after Thursday’s Opening.

Ginger Schulick, Extra Terrestrial (Childhood Drawing 1986), Crayon on Construction Paper (Top)

Don Porcella, Extra Terrestrial (2009), Encaustic on Wood (Bottom)