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!
Drums For Peace Knotted Gun By Ringo Starr ($1390) For The Non-Violence Art Project
Life is better with Art in it: it’s just a fact. Whether you are a seasoned collector, someone looking to start a collection by investing 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 of almost every tangible medium. Held in a dual-floor space inside the Metropolitan Pavilion, AAFNYC gathers contemporary galleries from across the globe in the spring and fall each year for a three-day event that’s always both educational and lots of fun. This season’s fair boasted the most diverse collection of high-quality, original art that I’ve noticed for as long as I’ve been attending. Let me turn you on to some of my favorite pieces spotted at this year’s fall fair!
Tripping on Brooklyn Bridge By Lars Tunebo at Ronnen Art Gallery, Amsterdam, $3200 (All Photos By Gail)
This year, the beginning of Spring in NYC was noteworthy not only for the arrival of Winter Storm Toby, but also for the kick off of the Affordable Art Fair — an event which we traditionally condense with a recap of the coolest Pink Artworks of the fair. Let’s get to it!
As usual, the Affordable Art Fair lived up to its reputation as the place to see, buy and be inspired by thousand of pieces of art — including unique sculpture, painting, photography and beyond — in a price range to fit every budget. While a few old favorite galleries were absent this year, a few others were back again, and a few established their presence at the AAFNYC for the first time, which kept the art fresh and exciting for everyone.
Greeting everyone at the entrance to the fair was Chiefs & Spirits International Art, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Chiefs & Spirits showcased a collection of very Spring-like wall sculptures by German artist Stefan Gross. These works resemble carpets of tiny blossoms and are, appropriately, entitled Bloomers.
Detail of Above Work
These pieces are priced at $7,500 each.
Pop Artist Matthew Lapenta continues with his signature Emoji sculpture series with this piece found at Axiom Contemporary, located in Santa Monica, CA.
The Gift by George Charriez, $4,500, at Connect Contemporary in Atlanta.
Brooklyn’s Ground Floor Gallery represents many up-and-coming artists. This lovely abstract work is called Pink Dreams (Neon Dusk) (2018), by artist Rhia Hurt ($775).
The gallery owner also had on these gorgeous hot pink pumps!
Pink Snow Cephalopod (2018), By Jenny Brown, $250, also at Ground Floor Gallery.
First to Bloom (2016) By Pham Luan, $8,600, at Judith Hughes Day Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art, Via Artnet
Nothing says “It’s Spring, Bitches” quite like flowering tree, amiright?
This piece is called Fushia Spray in Two Parts — an exploding spray-paint can encased in an acrylic glass block — by Francois Bel. Priced at $5,600 from Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart, Paris.
Photo Opportunity -Shocking Pink By Russell Marshall ($750 Framed)
Jealous Gallery of London, UK was back in action at the AAFNYC after taking last year off, and boy were they missed! We love their fun pop culture / pop art posters!
Decadence (Pink) By Sara Pope, $1440 Framed from Jealous Gallery.
Willian Kingett, Neon Heart, $465 Framed.
Apologies for the wonky angles, but it was the only way to get the shot without a reflection in the glass!
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!
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.
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!
Rock ‘n’ Roll Tribute By Josefina Wendel Carlsson at Agora Gallery, NYC
Hanna Moore, Always, at Lustre Contemporary, a Virtual Gallery which specializes in work by Canadian Artists.
Steve Harris, Wyoming Moon at Paint Box Gallery, New York City
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.
Coeur De Soldat Pollock, Detail
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!
Julian Stanczak, Early Brim, Silkscreen on Plastic, $4675. Harris Stanton Gallery, Cleveland. (All Photos By Gail)
The fall edition of the Affordable Art Fair is going on right now at the Metropolitan Pavilion in the Flatiron District. We made a run through during Wednesday night’s Private View and found these fun Pink Artworks that will give you an idea of what you can find to bring home with you at this vibrant, priced-to-own fair!
Moonlight By Arthit Pansuay, $3300. A Gallery, Hong Kong
Edie Nadelhaft, BLTC: I <3 U, $1400. Art Star Online.
Louise Marler, VokarcamERA – Pink on Aperture (Fuji C-Print Light Box), $1380. Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles.
Poodle By Ross Bonfanti, $1400. Rebecca Hossack Online.
Damien Hirst, Quisqualic Acid, $4550 (Signed and Numbered By the Artist). Manifold Editions, London, UK.
(Above and Below) Matthew Lapenta, Emoji Series, $7500 each. Axiom Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
A Glittering Moment By Yu Na Kang, $730. Sia Gallery, NYC.
Melissa Tseng, Blushed (Encaustic on Panel), $760.
Victor Spinelli, Circus Circus $1, $2900. Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, NYC.
Pink Bike By Sergio Garcia. The Lawley Art Group, Dallas, TX.
Andy McKenzie, Candy. Bleach Box Gallery, London, UK.
The Affordable Art Fair Runs Through Sunday, October 2nd at the Metropolitan Pavilion, Located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan. More Information, such as Hours and Admission Charges, is available at This Link!
Hot Pink Zebra Stencils Guard the Doors of the Metropolitan Pavilion for the Affordable Art Fair! (All Photos By Gail)
One of the best places in NYC to see and buy new art, the Affordable Art Fair, kicked off this past Wednesday with a private preview and continues through Sunday, April 3rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
The Pink Level Refers to Art on the Second Floor
I always have a good time at the fair and I love seeing so much diverse contemporary art — from galleries all across the globe — under one roof. The gallerists are super friendly and I always run into friends. It’s a good time! Since it’s virtually impossible to distill this event due to its massive scope and overall diversity of the art, I decided to do what I did last year, which is to recap by featuring my favorite pink works of art also (including purple and red, just because) to give you an idea of what you’ll see at the Affordable Art Fair, and what the prices are like.
Bubble Girl Neon By David Zalben
I love the way the bright pink neon extends beyond the background in this sassy piece from La Lanta Fine Art, based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Brooklyn Purple By Lars Tunebo
You gotta love a Pink Elephant taking a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge! Spotted in the booth for Ronen Art Gallery , which is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Bite Me By “Gumshoe” Angela China
Eloquen Art Company’s booth included fun works by NYC based realist ‘Gumshoe’ painter, Angela China!
Cherry By Giorgio Laveri
This unique sculpture — a pair of oversize, ripe cherries — was created from ceramic and gold, and was found in the booth for Placenza, Italy-based Palma Arte.
Osos (Pink) By dEMO
The Madrid-based artist know as dEMO is famous for his playful Bear sculptures of all sizes — some are as tall as a building! He is represented by Soraya Cartategui Gallery, also based in Spain.
Remembrance Wall Light (1 of 2) by Wonsil Kim
Korean-born artist/sculptor Wonsil Kim created a pair light fixtures that he calls the Remembrance Wall Light. I snapped a photo of the one with a pale pink finish, but there is also one in a complementary shade of blue. The glass of each lamp depicts a scene of people playing volleyball on the beach, as bright yellow tennis balls wiz by at high speed! Very beautiful, and nostalgic, even! The top of each light features a pair of white feathers poking upward that somewhat emulates a pair of wings. Here’s another view of this lovely work, which I saw in the booth manned by Park Fine Art in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Price: $600 Each (sold as a pair with one Pink and one Blue Lamp)
Sound by Roh Jae-soon
These Lips are actually an oil painting and not a photograph! Roh Jae-soon explores aspects of communication by painting lips. He is represented by Lilac Gallery here in NYC.
Strawberry Bubblegum by Pedro Bonnin
Joanne Artman Gallery (based in Laguna Beach, CA) always brings along a selection of fun, whimsical artworks for their booth, including the hyper-realist paintings of Pedro Bonnin.
Cocoon by Moriello
From further away you can see this is a pixelated representation of a woman’s face, embedded with a pink neon heart. Very Modern! Courtesy of Arteria Gallery in Bromont, Canada.
Azoar Rose Violet by Nathalie Cohen
Here’s a gorgeous piece of kinetic art that we saw in the booth for Galerie Envie d’Art,located in Paris.
Heidler & Heeps, Vinyl Collection
London’s Bleach Box Gallery is one we look forward to visiting each year. Here are two works, by photographer duo Heidler & Heeps (Richard Heeps and Natasha Heidler), both of which are Silver-C prints dry mounted onto aluminum. Their colorful and contemporary work is priced to own!
Price: $215 (for Vinyl Collection, above)
Heidler & Heeps, Stamp Collection, Liberty
The Affordable Art Fair Runs Through April 3rd, 2016 at The Metropolitan Pavilion, Located at 125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) in Manhattan. Visit This Link For More Information!
If you attended the Affordable Art Fair in NYC this past weekend, you could not have missed the bright, florescent colored Tiger Mural, entitled Fiend Cub, adorning the 18th street-exposed wall of the entrance lobby at the Metropolitan Pavilion, which was created by Orlando, Florida based artist Boy Kong especially for the fair!
I think that just looking at the piece got everyone excited for the show before they even entered the exhibition hall!
Kong also created a companion piece in this sculpture, Blood Dancer. A 3D artist by trade, Boy Kong expertly illustrates, paints and then hand cuts, and layers pieces of wood or acrylic to create his signature aesthetic. His pieces usually incorporate a bright and upbeat color scheme while his subjects often portray a disquieting message.