This vintage metal cocktail tray is absolute perfection and a dream to own for any fan of mid-century modern design! Embellished with a design of assorted Pink Cocktail Glasses and a boarder of prancing Pink Elephants, this 5 x 7-inch tray, officially known as a “tip tray,” was originally sold in sets of four. Currently, lucky collectors can find them in stores that specialize in vintage pop culture collectibles, and on eBay and other auction sites.
JeongMee Yoon’s photograph, Jeeyoo and Her Pink Things (2007) from The Pink Project (2005 – ongoing) inspired this diorama of Pink Girls Toys, which provides a launching focal point the new exhibit, Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color up now at the Museum at FIT.
The idea that pink is for girls and blue is for boys is ubiquitous today. Already conspicuous in the 1950s, when it was part of an ideological push towards gender conformity, the pinkification of girl culture really took off in the late 1970s and 1980s.
I could have stood in front of this breathtaking Shrine to Pinkness forever.
Please enjoy a few more detail shots of this Pink-Lover’s Paradise!
Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color Will Be on Exhibit Through January 5th, 2019 at The Museum at FIT, Located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street in NYC.
If you dig the Tiki Bar Culture-inspired art by the artist known as SHAG (AKA Josh Agle) and you happen to live in or near Palm Springs or Los Angeles, California, then you are in luck! Those who wish to fill their homes with Shagadadelic accessories bearing the way-groovy designs of SHAG can visit the The SHAG Store to purchase original, limited-edition prints as well as lamps, cocktail glasses, handbags, jewelry and throw pillows, among other goodies!
This Pink Elephant Throw Pillow measures 16-inches in diameter, with a Fez-adorned Pink Elephant on the front and a solid black fabric back. Contact the store to see if it’s in stock, or can be purchased online!
While I was at this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show, I saw and fell in love with so many cool and beautiful things, but never really had the time to distill the day’s many photos into a proper wrap up of the event as a whole. Fortunately, it’s never too late to find a way to feature some of a my favorite photos from the show; in this case, several items I saw in the booth hosted by Chesterfield Gallery, who specialize in fine glass art.
Hangry is a hand-blown glass hippopotamus affixed to a copper wire with a steel base, and it’s part of American glass artist Chris Ahalt’s balloon animal series.
There is a cool Pink Elephant also.
And another Pink Hippo, who seems less “hangry.”
Chesterfield Glass Art is Based in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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.
Eloquen Art Company’s booth included fun works by NYC based realist ‘Gumshoe’ painter, Angela China!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a gorgeous piece of kinetic art that we saw in the booth for Galerie Envie d’Art,located in Paris.
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)
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!
Mike Weiss Gallery is currently hosting Stefanie Gutheil’s fourth exhibition with the gallery, The Home of Mr. Peeps and it is all kinds of crazy fun. For this show, the Berlin-based artist has delved deep into the recesses of her imagination – back where horned beasts, laser beams, onesies, a brass marching band, phonographs, multi-talented chickens, the original stooge named Krampus and a giant pink elephant all reside – and emerged with a phantasmagoric stable of characters à la a secularized and hallucinatory version of Noah’s Arc. With this herd of misfit creatures, Gutheil has left normality at the door and transformed the gallery into a sanctuary of the bizarre – a surreal, utopic landscape of chromatic and psychological vibrancy.
With all their quirks and foibles in plain sight, the artist’s fantastical creatures appear to us as friends and intimates. In fact, it is precisely because of the alluring, almost childlike honesty inherent in the figures unabashed eccentricities that connection with the works is nearly inevitable. Yet there is more to these characters than their carnivalesque appearance; in each, Gutheil has instilled an emotional gravity that seems both personally derived and universally comprehensible.
Sometimes the sentiment is uplifting – for example in A Walk in the Forest, where we find two cronies strutting with emoticon-worthy smiles strewn across their faces. Other times, the mood isn’t always so chummy. In Safe Bet, it is impossible to say with certainty whether the winged yet dense-looking humanoid is falling down or flying upward, if it has walked the plank by force or leapt from the diving board by choice.
In their peculiar features and with their hearts on their sleeves, Gutheil’s oddballs all emit a vaguely familiar sense of the folkloric, as if the artist unraveled them from traditional fables and stitched together her own. The horned, anthropomorphic, anti-Santa Claus fictional beast of German-Austrian descent named Krampus, for example, seems to make an appearance in multiple works. Instead of a facsimile representation, though, Gutheil has flipped the idea of Krampus on its head – in one work it walks a man-carrying pig and in another it nonchalantly strolls through the forest with a friend – by stripping it of its menace and making it comical.
Yet in her fairytales, Gutheil has not set a narrative. Instead, she provides all the raw, jumbled materials – the characters, the costumes, the emotions, and the stage – and leaves us to imagine our own farfetched tales, whether somberly retrospective or curiously, whimsically, and optimistically infantile.
Stefanie Gutheil’s The Home of Mr. Peeps will be on Exhibit Through January 30th, 2016 at Mike Weiss Gallery, Located at 520 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
While I’m not crazy about the fact that this post is basically an advertisement for whatever store is now located at the above Madison Avenue address, I could not resist snapping a photo of this awesome Pink Elephant Statue as I passed the shops along Antique Row on South Broadway late one Saturday evening. If you look closely, you’ll also see what looks like a stone or cement Alligator sculpture, which would be fun to own. It just goes to show you that you should always have your camera at the ready when you go out for a stroll in NYC.
Update: I saw this same statue — or one identical to it — on September 11th, 2016 in front of this antiques store on Bowery just above Houston.