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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


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)