Money Bag Jane By Sean Keith at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, $800 (All Photos By Gail)
For many New Yorkers, the fist sign of Fall might be the changing of the leaves, or a noticeable dip in temperatures; but for me, it’s the arrival of the Affordable Art Fair, which is the first big art event of the season. Whether you’re shopping for art, looking for inspiration, or just enjoy the social aspect of the fair, the AAFNYC offers something to satisfy every artistic palette. My tastes tend to run to pop and very contemporary art, so I’m going to show you a lot pieces that fit into those categories. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Art Chameleon in Her Natural Habitat
I love how this lady’s dress matches the colors of the art around her!
The Affordable Art Fair takes place across five days — Wednesday evening through Sunday afternoon — but you’ll always find me there during opening night’s Private View evening, when most of the press attend, and when there’s an open bar! This season’s bar was co-sponsored by Schoffenhofer Grapefruit Beer, which is my favorite drink in the entire universe. It. Is. So. Delicious.
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 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.
Here’s a closer look at a piece she calls City Oassis – Ferocactus A (2019). Unique and super cute!
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.
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.
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!
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 ($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.
Blue Rainbow $4500; Purple Lips $3000
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.
Betsy, who lives in Los Angeles, also had these smaller Popsicle sculptures for sale, priced at $200 – $300 per piece. They are so cool!
Visit her website at This Link to inquire about commissions!
Here’s another Popsicle Series by Argentinian artist Maximiliano Pecce, selling for $4500 per sculpture at Evan Lurie Gallery of Carmel, Indiana.
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.
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’s Pink Happy Dog ($2350) was found at Tag Fine Arts of London, UK!
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.
Ortaire is representedat the Affordable Art Fair by at Ronen Art Gallery of Amsterdam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I absolutely love this.
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($6500) by CJ Green, spotted in the booth for Byard Art of Cambridge, UK.
Green Robo Love ($800) by Carl Smith at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, California.
Composition No 181 ($2500) by Mara Minuzzo at Lustre Contemporary, located in Canada.
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!
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!
Artist Ryan Callanan created this sculpture of the late Rapper Biggie Smalls as the Buddha, covered in gold leaf, draped in bling and seated on a big pile of cash. Nice. Buddha Smalls Cash Gold (2016) one of an edition of seven pieces, sells for $1,700 from Tag Fine Arts in London, UK.
Who says Stormtroopers don’t have bad days? Mashing up Star Wars with the Passion of Christ like nobody’s business, Ryan Callanan’s Long Suffering Trooper (2016) is resin with a copper patina finish (also available in solid copper). Available in a Limited Edition of just 25 pieces (signed/numbered by the artist) for $625 each, from TAG Fine Arts in London.
Photographed at the Affordable Art Fair NY in September, 2016.
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, Fractal Optic Crystal at Ai Bo Gallery, Rye NY
Jacky Tsai, War Skull (Jack of Spades), Eyestorm Online Gallery
Lucie Bennett, Romy In Lights, Eyestorm Online Gallery
Valerio Loi, Instagram at Artstar
Eom Hae Jo, Thesaurus III, Dura Artspace, Seoul South Korea
Yoo Sun Tai, Text and Word, Dura Artspace, Seoul South Korea
Xavi Carbonell, Untitled, Art Angler, New York City
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 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, Vinyl Sculpture, Will’s Art Warehouse, London UK
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, Tag Fine Arts
Tag Fine Arts Booth
Tom Ungerer, Eat at Artspace Online
Now You See Me By Nemo Jantzen, Galerie Envie D’Art, Paris, France
Check out a detail shot of the above work, just below:
Yves Krief, Mur n 159, Galerie Envie D’Art, Paris, France
Constellation V by Pedro Bonnin, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Where The Action is Mick by Robert Mars, Joanne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
She No 4 by Chamnan Chongpaiboon, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand
Ninja Skull – Sakura, Shin Koyama, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand
Rock ’em Sock ’em by Nelson De La Nuez, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA, CA
Jean-Marc Calvet, El Viaje at MZ Urban Art, NYC
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, Jealous Gallery, London, UK
Photo Opportunity – Shocking Pink by Russell Marshall
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!