Posts tagged Art Fairs
Interview with Moniker Art Fair highlight artist Ken Nwadiogbu

Founded in 2010 in London, Moniker Art Fair is a hyper-curated five day contemporary art fair, exhibiting an international roster of the finest artists and galleries at the cutting edge of urban art and culture. This October, Moniker brings its acclaimed event format to Chelsea, which has for 9 years attracted contemporary art collectors in their thousands to East London. Moving from Shoreditch to Chelsea marks a year of radical change, as Moniker continues to push the narrative of urban art, and its role on the London art scene, Moniker’s reinvention in Chelsea will pioneer its future-forward outlook.

Over the past decade, the fair has embraced risks and it seeks to prove how powerfully the immersive and experiential fair format can stimulate audiences and win over the next generation of contemporary collectors. As much a festival as an art fair, Moniker has evolved since its East London foundation and the scene’s inevitable global transience means it can embrace its transient roots as it relocates.

The five day arts festival will include a daily talks and film program hosted by The Art Conference, Live Dj’s, art workshops, immersive experiences and a selection of food and beverages.



VIP + COLLECTORS OPENING: Wednesday 2 October | 3pm - 10pm

PUBLIC PREVIEW: Thursday 3 October | 3pm - 10pm

Hosted by Creative Debuts


Friday 4 October | 1pm - 9pm

Saturday 5 October | 11am - 8pm

Sunday 6 October | 11am - 6pm

Create! Magazine was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview one of the highlight artists who will be exhibiting at the fair, Ken Nwadiogbu. Ken is a Nigerian visual artist whose practice is primarily centered around hyper-realistic drawings and is inspired by gender equality, African cultures, and black power.

You actually studied civil and environmental engineering in school so how did you pivot to focusing on art?

Interesting question. If you’re from Africa, you’ll understand that nothing says “value” more than a university degree. Not just any degree, but either from Engineering, Law, Accounting or Medicine. So from a young age, the society starts, subconsciously, breeding this hunger; regardless of it being your passion or not. This was my case. Everyone wanted me to be an Engineer, and it became a subconscious part of me, even tho I loved drawing.

I entered into Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Lagos. Was doing pretty well till I stumbled on someone drawing the Dean of the University at that time. Everything changed from there. The feeling of Art started coming back, the hunger begun to grow, I begun researching and asking questions- “how did he draw that?” Study brought hunger.. hunger brought addiction... addiction brought love. And that’s how I feel deep in love with art in the first year of my university.

Was it something that you were always interested in or pursuing on the side?

I never thought I’d be a visual artist 7 years ago. All I thought was, I was gonna be an Engineer. The moment I started art, my mindset changed and this slowly drifted my attention from my studies into my art. Couldn’t quit Engineering, cause to everyone, the excuse was “a taboo”, so I had to get that certificate, prove I had that value, then pursue art exactly how I wanted to pursue it. “Art is not lucrative”, they’d say. “Art is for the poor”, “Art is for the dumb”... so many wrong perception... but I’d not blame them, I’ll blame the society for the lack of knowledge and exposure, and the government for the lack of support to the Nigerian art scene.

Your work is described as being part of the Contemporealism movement. What do you see as the core principles of this style of art?

I started off doing Hyperrealism as my mentors range from the likes of Carole Feuerman to Chuck Klose. But you see, one would describe hyperrealism as a genre of painting and sculpture, resembling a high resolution photograph... Just that.

For me, I’ve always wanted more, so what I try to do with my work is not just creating high resolution photographs but incorporating with it- the 3-Dimensional illusion and figurative elements born from conceptual ideas and contextual narratives. In some sense all I’m trying to do is deploy elements of contemporary art or illusions of form and space, usually, to create emphasis in the narrative I portray. With this style, I get to display Hyperrealism in a ‘unique Contemporary way’.

Tell us about where you find inspiration for your art and how you use art to express ideas on social and political issues.

It started with me being extremely disappointed with a lot going on in my country. Then I figured, every country has same issues, just with different names and profiles. This pushed me to create art to attack this abnormality- To listen, To speak, and To change a wrong socio-political ideology. I believe that with my visuals, the narratives I portray, and my actions, I can, in some way, change the world to see value as I see it- a conscious act to build worth from within.

What is the art scene in Nigeria like and what did you do to push beyond it at a young age to begin showing internationally?

The art scene in Nigeria is a growing one. The likes of ArtX, Omenka, Artyrama, Rele, and Retro Gallery are changing the narrative by showing upcoming amazing visual artists. But that’s just few out of the numerous galleries around the country. The scene is changing, and I believe it’s only a matter of time. For me, I’ve always seen myself exhibiting internationally... I’ve always seen myself in the likes of Christie’s and Sotheby’s, making global moves like Kehinde Wiley and Kerry James Marshall, birthing strong narratives like Ai Wei Wei, and still being as contemporary as Damien Hirst. I’ve always seen myself as more, so I went for it and it has taken me thus far.

Can you share a bit of what you will be exhibiting at Moniker art fair coming up in October?

A plethora of works that show black presence and value. Works made as of January to August, 2019 in Nigeria- a time when the country went down in value- both politically, financially, and economically... and holds the record of housing one of the highest cases of fraud in the world. A very strong time for me, as a Nigerian and as a Visual Artist.

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Affordable Art Fair NYC Fall Edition coming this September 26 - 29!

Affordable Art Fair NYC will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion in September for its Fall edition where you will find an inspiring and friendly atmosphere to browse thousands of original contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints showcased by 74 local, national and international galleries. The Fair will bring back some of New York City’s favorite art events such as Art After Dark and their signature Private View taking place on Wednesday, September 25th in addition to some exciting new series and programs.

Series such as the highly anticipated Young Talent Exhibition will return this fall featuring the esteemed Ceramics program at Teachers College/Columbia University. The program which goes back to the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century fosters an environment of experimentation, creative discourse and interaction between all ages. The exhibition will include outstanding examples of the ceramic works from the Teachers College/Columbia University studio.


Another interesting feature of the fair will be the launch of the new Trade Hours initiative taking place at 11am on Thursday, September 26th and Friday, September 27th, before the fair opens to the public. Trade Hours are a chance for interior designers and decorators, architects, art consultants and more, to engage with contemporary art galleries on a professional level like never before all while networking with New York City’s most prominent design experts.

At every fall edition, Affordable Art Fair NYC also releases a Limited Edition Print in collaboration with an artist commissioned by the fair. This year the fair will exhibit South London based linocut printmaker Ellen Von Wiegand’s work which places her battle with shyness at the center of her work. By featuring her own nude body, she confronts her lifelong fear of being seen, and uses this insecurity as a tool for expression and connection. The piece will only be available in an edition of 15 and is titled ‘She Seemed Odd from the Beginning’ and relates to the artist’s interest in the idea of belonging.

There is so much to do at Affordable Art Fair NYC and with contemporary artwork by over 400 established artists and rising stars, and price points ranging from $100-$10,000 – there is something to suit every taste and wallet whether you are a first-time art buyer or a seasoned collector.

Create! Magazine is excited to be partnering with AAF and we will have limited complimentary copies of our most recent issue available at the fair cafe. For additional information and to purchase admission tickets, please visit their website.


We recently had the opportunity to interview the fair’s Director, Vanessa Seis, where we learned a few of her picks for new highlight exhibitors to see and the events you can’t miss, as well as some useful tips for first-time art collectors!

Can you tell us about the mission or vision behind the Affordable Art Fair and what sets it apart from the ever-growing calendar of international fairs?

The first Affordable Art Fair took place 20 years ago, in 1999 in Battersea Park in London, with the vision of making art accessible to all. To this day, we create art fairs that provide a welcoming, fun, educational and inspiring environment in which seasoned art collectors as well as art novices can browse and buy contemporary art under $10,000. I think it is that clear definition and the accessibility that really set us apart from other art fairs.

Is there something about the New York Fall iteration of your fair that is particularly unique?

A feature truly unique to the NYC Fall edition is our Limited Edition Print. We launched this feature in 2013 and have since been collaborating with an artist on a limited edition print that is truly unique to the year’s fall edition. Each print features our signature pink and is limited to an edition of 10-15. This fall, we are presenting a beautiful print by British artist Ellen Von Wiegand, represented by our longtime exhibitor DECORAZON gallery at the fair. It’s an edition of 15 and unframed, the piece is priced at $300. We have footage of Ellen creating the print on our blog and it’s exciting to get this peak behind the scenes and see how the print was created.


What are you most excited about for this edition of the fair?

I’m probably most excited about our Young Talent Exhibition featuring students of the distinguished Teachers College, Columbia University ceramics program. The program is not customarily available to a broad art collecting audience and we are so proud to debut this series of work from emerging artists of the utmost caliber, from an international and diverse student body, all before it is available to the wider art market.

Can you name a few highlight exhibitors that attendees can look forward to seeing?

This is really tough, as we have a fantastic group of 74 local, national and international galleries this year. I love the internationality of our exhibitors and am excited to introduce RISE GALLERY from Tokyo as well as Bogotá-based artist-collective Rat Trap to our NYC audience. Of the US galleries that are joining us for the first time this edition, I’m excited for Collective 131 and Kathryn Markel Fine Art to join the Affordable Art Fair family. But there are so many more that are absolutely fantastic, so make sure to check out our full list of exhibitors on the website.

Besides the great exhibitors and art, are there any special events that viewers should be aware of?

We have two signature evening events, our Private View on Wednesday, September 25 and Art After Dark on Thursday, September 26. The Private View is the first opportunity to see the fair and buy the piece you’ve been coveting and Art After Dark is our event for young patrons of the arts. Both events include a complimentary drink and Art After Dark boasts a performative element, which I’m particularly proud of. It’s so special and inspiring to find yourself in an art fair and experience musical and performative elements as you wander through the aisles and look for that special piece of art to fall in love with.

Do you have a few tips for young or new collectors or those attending a fair for the first time?

Buy what you love! But do come a bit prepared and know your spaces and your budget. We have a great feature in the front of the fair called “Under $500 Wall” that gives fairgoers a curated overview of what’s possible even on a small budget. And I would also encourage everyone to just talk to our gallerists and ask them questions! They truly embody the Affordable Art Fair spirit and are so welcoming and knowledgeable.




Wednesday, September 25

Private View | 6pm–9pm

Thursday, September 26

Trade Hours | 11am-12pm

General Admission | 12pm–6pm

Art After Dark | 6pm–9pm

Friday, September 27

Trade Hours | 11am-12pm

General Admission | 12pm–6pm

Free Admission | 6pm–8pm

Saturday, September 28

Stroller Hour | 10am-11am

General Admission | 11am–8pm

Sunday, September 29

Stroller Hour | 10am-11am

General Admission | 11am–5pm


Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street.

Find us between 6th and 7th Avenues in Chelsea.

Nearest subways are 1, 2, 3, L, F and M lines.

Nearest MTA bus lines are M5, M7 and M20.

Get your tickets here. Private View Code: MCM10

May 1st is Collectors Day at Moniker Art Fair
Moniker London 2016. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

Moniker London 2016. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

We’re just a few days away from Moniker Art Fair and in addition to all of the exciting things planned throughout its run, this year, the fair will be kicking off with a special opening event called Collectors Day. Read on to learn more!

Moniker Art Fair is pleased to introduce Collectors Day, a unique concept designed to encourage art buying from fairs, galleries and artists alike. Taking place on opening day, May 1st, 2019 at the fair’s new NoHo location, 718 Broadway, this exploratory initiative challenges and defies the traditional VIP vernissage for art fairs. Providing more than a VIP preview, the day fosters education and accessibility to art collecting through a series of talks and Q&A’s led by collectors, gallery directors, curators, and artists. Moniker’s second New York edition will take place on May 1-5, 2019.

Collectors Day will feature tours across the expansive, multi-level fair lead by Moniker Director Tina Ziegler. Special programming for the day will include panel discussions with art world professionals on a wide range of topics that matter both to veteran and emerging collectors including: how and why to collect contemporary art, the best way to approach building a collection, and investment opportunities and elitism within the art world.

Fair Director Tina Ziegler says, “Collectors Day means real, mature discussion on subjects that matter to our collectors. What are the pros and cons of buying direct from artists? How long can it take for art to mature significantly in value? How do I even begin collecting? These are all things we can and should answer, and we can’t wait to see the effect Collectors Day has on our guests.” Collectors Day will also host talks led by accomplished collectors, gallery directors, curators and artists. Moniker’s approach to the new programming for this New York edition is the latest in a series of initiatives that Moniker has undertaken over the last 10 years to make art collecting accessible to the public.

Photo courtesy of Evoca 1 and Moniker Art Fair.

Photo courtesy of Evoca 1 and Moniker Art Fair.

As part of the Collectors Day program collectors will have a chance to hear short presentations from galleries and Spotlight Artists. The 2019 New York edition continues to exemplify the fair’s commitment to exhibiting the depth and breadth of urban contemporary art from across the globe. 2019 New York edition participating galleries include Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, Philippines; Mazel Galerie, Brussels; Damien Roman Fine Art, The Hamptons; Fousion Gallery, Barcelona with Spotlight artists WK Interact, Christian Boehmer, Evoca 1, ICY & SOT who are recognized leaders in the urban and new contemporary art movement.

Partners for the Collectors Day include: Art Money, Art Law, Barnebys Auction House, Greenpoint Innovators, It’s a Small World, Juxtapoz Magazine, Norwood Club, Soho House, and Tagsmart among others.

Opening of Moniker Art Fair 2019 | 3pm

Drinks Reception and welcome to the fair | 3pm - 4pm

Fair Tour with Fair Director Tina Ziegler | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Each person will receive headsets for the tour so they can hear the tour throughout the fair. Each exhibitor will get 5 minutes to introduce their collection to the tour. This gives collectors a guided one-on-one with each gallery and artist.

Collecting Art 101: Starting a Collection | 5:30pm

This program explores questions every new collector should ask themselves: how do you define your personal taste as a collector? What type of collector are you? How to purchase art for passion and purpose?

Collecting Art 101: Investing in Art | 6:15pm

A round table discussion on how collectors control the market, why it’s important to collect in today’s climate, and the good and bad aspects of buying art on Instagram. Guest Speakers include: Derek Gores, Professional Artist, part of the Open Studios Program; Jonathan Levine, Director of Jonathan Levine Gallery (New York); Evan Pricco Editor-in-Chief of Juxtapoz Magazine; Damien A Roman, Director of Damien Roman Fine Art Gallery, The Hamptons; Yasha Young Director and Curator of Urban Nation Museum, Berlin; Tina Ziegler, Director and Curator of Moniker Art Fair.

Additional speakers and programming to be announced.

Mural program, Moniker London 2015. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.

Mural program, Moniker London 2015. Photo courtesy of Moniker Art Fair.


Wednesday, 1st May
VIP Collectors Day: 3pm - 10pm
Ticket price: $75 (Including a $50 credit towards any purchased artwork)

Thursday, 2nd May
Public Opening: 12pm - 9pm

Friday, 3rd May
Fair Open: 12pm - 9pm

Saturday, 4th May
Fair Open: 11am - 8pm

Sunday, 6th May
Fair Open: 11am - 6pm

FREE Entrance Times:
Access to the fair is free to all members of the public for 90 minutes each day.
Thursday 12pm - 1:30pm
Friday 12pm - 1:30pm
Sunday 11am -12:30pm

718 Broadway, NoHo, Manhattan, New York, 10003


#monikerNY19 #monikerartfair




Christian Böhmer Interview | Moniker Art Fair
Image courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

Image courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

For our next preview feature from the upcoming Moniker Art Fair in New York, we’re sharing an interview with Christian Böhmer! Christian is a self-taught contemporary artist who creates large-scale murals along with drawings and paintings. He has exhibited work around the world including in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland among others. Most recently, he completed a mural painting for the "one wall project" curated by the Urban Nation Museum of Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin. After learning more about his work and process, we’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing what he exhibits at the fair!

Tell us about your background. You describe having roots in the graffiti movement of the 90's so was this the type of art that first inspired you and that you first created? 

Yes, graffiti was the kind of art that influenced me most when I was a kid in the mid-nineties. I was lucky enough to live only a few kilometers from Europe’s largest legal graffiti hall of fame at that time, which was the famous "Schlachthof Wiesbaden". Once a year, there came the world’s most famous writers together to have a graffiti jam for one weekend. I was so fascinated to see what was possible to do just with a spray can, that I decided to try this on my own. As it was a legal spot to paint graffiti, there was no need to hurry or to get nervous. I think this is why I had time enough to experiment in every direction, which included painting characters, too. I found out that I had much more talent in character painting then in writing letters....

How has your work developed since then? When and why did you turn to portraits? 

The first few years I developed in painting characters and as I got better and better, I moved towards a photorealistic style. I believe the most difficult subject one can paint in photorealism is a portrait, where there are no mistakes allowed. And when you dive into this world of painting portraits, you find out that there’s a lot of stories you can tell with that kind of art.

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Images courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

Images courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

Can you explain your reasoning behind covering various body parts of your subjects - namely their heads and faces, but also in recent work, their hands as well?

As I said, it is very interesting to tell stories within portraits. I did that for a long time, but one day you ask yourself, what will be the next challenge? What else can I add to these stories? When you think about that, the next logical step will be to transform the portrait, to paint it in an abstract way. But the abstract in my portrait painting is not the transformation of color or shape, but the paper bag. I found out that for me this is a perfect medium to use in order to transform shape, to give it a message, or to simply hide the face itself. Sometimes less is more :)

You recently completed a new mural in Berlin, congratulations! How did that project come about? How often do you create larger, public works and do you enjoy it as much as your smaller pieces? 

It was Yasha, the director of the Urban Nation Museum of urban contemporary art in Berlin, who asked me to paint this specific wall. I just began working on a new series of drawings, which plays with red colored hands, that tell all those stories that hidden faces can’t tell. This series deals with people on the edge of society, the ones nobody listens to. And the wall I painted in Berlin is located in an area where these people live. So it was the perfect match.

Image courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

Image courtesy of Christian Böhmer.

What will you be showing at Moniker in New York? 

I will be showing this new series of people with red hands hidden behind their paper bag mask. But you need to see it in person!

Do you have any additional exciting projects going on in 2019 and beyond that you'd like to share?

Yes, I will have a huge solo show in Mainz, Germany in September. I’m very glad to be there because that is the place where I grew up and where I had my first graffiti writing experience. I have not been back there for more than 15 years!

I will also have a group show in October at 19Karen Gallery near Brisbane in Australia, which I’m also looking forward to. I love the idea that people from all over the world can have the opportunity to see my art in person.

Moniker will be held May 1 - 5 in New York City at:
718 Broadway
NoHo, Manhattan
New York City, NYC

Learn more about Moniker Art Fair by visiting their website.

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Evoca1 Artist Feature | Moniker Art Fair
Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

We’re just a few short weeks away from Moniker Art Fair which will be held May 1-5, 2019 in New York City. The international fair’s 2019 exhibitors include some of the world’s most renowned urban & contemporary artists and galleries in booth exhibitions as well as solo presentations and installations. 28 exhibitors and four special projects, hailing from 13 countries around the globe, will present work in alignment with this year’s theme, Cause & Effect, which examines our shared roles and commitment to addressing the current state of political, social and ecological issues. Create! will be providing coverage of the fair, but we’re also excited to be bringing you a sneak peek at some of the artists who will be highlighted at this year’s NYC edition of Moniker. Last week we introduced you to WK Interact and this week we’re sharing the incredible work of Evoca1!

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Evoca1 was born in the Dominican Republic, where he spent most of his childhood drawing on walls and playing baseball, until eventually moving to Hollywood, Florida at age 11. 

As an autodidact, he has received his art education from the compulsive study of the old masters’ works and techniques. His pieces are a personal reflection of his life experiences, as well as observations of human behaviors and social struggles.

He currently lives and works out of South Florida, where he continues to develop his craft and research of figurative painting. In recent years, this mainly happened in public spaces where he has painted large-scale murals. His interaction with the local environments has been essential in generating the concept of his work.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

For more information about Moniker please visit their website and follow along with Evoca1 on Instagram.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

Image courtesy of Evoca1.

WK Interact Interview | Moniker Art Fair
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Create! Magazine is a proud partner of Moniker International Art Fair which will be held in May in New York City. Moniker shines a spotlight not only on young and emerging artists, but also on leaders in the urban and new contemporary art movement. For the forthcoming iteration of the fair, they will be highlighting one of NYC’s most recognized wheat pasting artist, WK Interact. Originally from France, WK Interact has been working in New York for over 20 years. Read our interview below to learn more about his work!


Tell us about your background. Were you interested in art as a child or did you come to it later in life?

Well, I started to draw when I was 8 years old as my father was a painter. I think I became passionate about art from seeing him in his studio.

What brought you to New York?

I was first in New York when I was 13 years old, but did not have a chance to visit as I had only landed there for a connecting flight to Miami. I came back at age 16 in 1982 and it ended up having an incredible impact on me. My flight arrived late at night and I only knew the address of my hotel on 82nd street near Central Park. Of course, it was the cheapest place to stay and the worst hotel at $15 per night. I spent the next three months traveling all over the state using Greyhound buses and after this, I decided to focus on creating art ‘in motion’. At the age of 18, I came up with a process of making distorted images using a Xerox copy machine which helped me find my signature style. After placing many canvases in my hometown in the south of France illegally, it was obvious to me that the best city to create that sort of interaction with my work would be New York. I ended up living in the city for many years and became a french New Yorker. I’m still living there today!

How has living there affected your work?

Living in New York for me was important to just be there and connect with the city. For my work, I feel that it becomes part of an event or a corner of the street. Even I start to blend in with my work by wearing all black clothes.

Can you explain your interest in figures and your unique techniques to create your work?

My work is based on the following concept: First illustration, then the location, then the motion interacting with the scale of the building. My real motivation is film. I decide to use the street to recreate a story and take photos with people passing by. The interaction part of my concept and process is where I came up with the name WK INTERACT.

What are some of your inspirations?

Sculptors and photographers like Calder and William Klein as well as the film industry including French Connection, Blade Runner...and so many others.

What will you be exhibiting at Moniker?

I  will have one large work and 8 posters plus a large print directly installed on a wall.

Besides showing with Moniker, do you have any other projects this year you'd like to share?

Plenty of projects, but I can’t mention anything yet :)


Moniker Art Fair has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with it’s roots embedded in urban culture. Learn more by visiting their website or follow them on Instagram.

Art Miami Exhibitor Highlight: Osborne Samuel Gallery

December 4 –9, 2018

In its 29th edition, Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America's modern and contemporary art fair market and is globally recognized as a primary destination for the acquisition of the most important works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Interview with Peter Osborne

Briefly tell us about your gallery and what type of art you specialize in.

High quality British and American art including Moore, Chadwick Sam Francis, Jim Dine.

What can visitors expect from your booth this year and what specific works should they pay attention to?

Rare unique works by Chadwick not seen before, a remarkable Sam Francis painting, new works by Jim Dine.

What tips would you share with new art collectors or fair visitors?

Do not try and do too much, spend more time at fewer locations. Come early.

Art Miami Exhibitor Highlight: Galerie Terminus GMBH

December 4 –9, 2018

In its 29th edition, Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America's modern and contemporary art fair market and is globally recognized as a primary destination for the acquisition of the most important works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Interview With Wilhelm J. Grusdat

Briefly tell us about your gallery and what type of art you specialize in.

Art is not only our business, but it is also our passion. Specifically, we see our role as the mediator between collectors and artists. A very special vision is necessary to recognize a work of art as a potential masterpiece and as a valid manifestation of form and ideas.

Only when all of these come together, can an artwork truly radiate that very special aura to which a viewer immediately feels drawn. An exceptional work of art has much more to offer than that which meets the eye. It is this quality to which the Galerie Terminus aspires.

What can visitors expect from your booth this year and what specific works should they pay attention to?

At this year’s Art Miami we present the highlights of our current program and exciting new additions consisting of famous artists as well as young talents. We bring these two perspectives into context with each other at the fair, both as contrast and as correspondents.

On the one side, we show big names and great American Pop-Artists such as John Chamberlain, Roy Lichtenstein, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann.

On the other side, we bring young contemporary artists into focus with the Germans Christian Awe, Jan Davidoff, and Tatjana Tartakovska.

We are very proud to also be able to include exciting new works from our current program by Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke Gerhard Richter, and Günther Uecker. To round things up, it is our very special pleasure to exclusively present a number of early works by Georg Baselitz as well as an exquisitely typical work by Sigmar Polke.

What tips would you share with new art collectors or fair visitors?

Our presentation boils down to the bottom line which we wish to present to our fair visitors and all new art collectors: Always be on the lookout for works by artists with an international standing who are able to touch your heart and mind.

Above image:

Sigmar Polke, “Untitled,”, Oil on canvas, 59.1 x 70.9 inches. 2007

Art on Paper in Brussels

We were so excited to be given the opportunity to visit Art on Paper [in collaboration with BOZAR] a small, international drawing-focused art fair in Brussels last week. Besides the fact that it highlights a specific medium - one which can be defined broadly due to its potential to be used in a seemingly infinite amount of ways - the fair is unique in that each gallery's booth presents one solo exhibition rather than a group show of their roster of artists. Below you'll find a few of our favorites!


From the Art on Paper press release:

The line, to infinity. As everyone knows, drawing is first and foremost a line, potentially infinite. This line evolves and expands over time. In 2018, Art on Paper grows and doubles in size. Since its inception, Art on Paper has been emphasizing the variety and diversity of contemporary approaches to drawing through artist solo shows. This is the main principle of the show, it is THE specificity renewed every year: one booth, one gallery, one artist. Thus, for 5 days, 50 Belgian and international galleries are investing BOZAR exhibition spaces to offer, in the heart of Brussels, 50 SOLO SHOWS from established and emerging artists: the best of contemporary drawing. Building on the success of its latest editions, Art on Paper is setting itself up this year in the prestigious "Ravenstein Circuit", always in collaboration with BOZAR, and has new parallel projects to reflect the most current creation and the most experimental practices in terms of drawing.


1. Gamaliel Rodríguez at ATM Galería


5. Serena Fineschi at Montoro 12 Contemporary Art


6. Anneke Eussen at Tatjana Pieters

Art New York 2018: Interview With Long-Sharp Gallery 

Long-Sharp Gallery

Gallery Owner Rhonda Long-Sharp

1 North Illinois, Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46204

(Above image: Tarik Currimbhoy, Stainless Steel Rocker [Kinetic])

Gino Miles,  Elegance

Gino Miles, Elegance

Tell us a little bit about your gallery. What types of art do you generally focus on?

Long-Sharp Gallery (LSG) has locations in Indianapolis and New York City. LSG specializes in works on paper, multiples and drawings by modern masters including: Picasso, Miro, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Indiana, and Lichtenstein. In addition, LSG is dedicated to a contemporary program that incorporates paintings, photography, and sculpture, as well as conceptual and multimedia art by a growing roster of regional, national, and international artists. This roster includes Gino Miles, Thalen & Thalen, David Spiller, Russell Young, and Amy Kirchner, among others.  

LSG has placed works in important museums, corporations, and in public and private collections. Recently named one of the top 500 Art Galleries in the world by Modern Painters Magazine (Blouin Art Info), LSG is honored to work with clients worldwide.

Long-Sharp Gallery features a rigorous program which includes international contemporary artists in solo and thematic exhibitions. The gallery also enjoys increased participation in top level art fairs in the US and Europe, which affords the gallery's worldwide clients even greater access to the gallery’s growing inventory of important and innovative works. These art fairs include Masterpiece London and Art Miami. 

Long-Sharp Gallery is a certified Woman's Business Enterprise (WBE) and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

Andy Warhol,  Key Service

Andy Warhol, Key Service

What should visitors expect from your booth in Art New York this year?

Focusing on “small masterpieces”, Long-Sharp Gallery returns to Art New York 2018 with a selection of important works [no greater in size than 24” x 24”] by modern and contemporary masters. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Pablo Picasso’s watercolor and charcoal drawing, titled “Femme”; the piece is from 1901 – the year of Picasso’s first solo exhibition in Paris. Small works on canvas by Andy Warhol, Sam Francis, and Robert Indiana, along with a color pencil study drawing by Roy Lichtenstein, will be presented alongside Picasso’s “Femme”.  Works by contemporary sculptors Gino Miles, Tarik Currimbhoy, Thalen & Thalen, and David Hayes will flank the “small masterpieces.” 

   Gino Miles,  Wild


Gino Miles, Wild

Please share a few tips for new collectors and those interested in investing in art for the first time.  

1. Only buy art that rocks your world. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. Visit top tier galleries and fine art fairs to learn what you like.

2. Look for a gallery or auction house that can assist you. Vet them for their reputation, ethics, and clientele. For works by top tier artists such as Picasso, Warhol, etc., vet the gallery or auction house and the work carefully, examine the catalogue raisonné pertinent to the artist, look at the front and back of each work, and generally do your homework. Most auction houses warrant authenticity for only 5 years after purchase.

3. Understand that condition is important to value.  That is, two works from the same limited edition may be vastly different in price because of the condition of those works. Simply doing price comparisons is not the way to buy art. Price should be the third criteria on the list.

What are your favorite aspects of participating in art fairs?

Art fairs are a favorite of our gallery because we get to see artwork brought from galleries all over the world.  The Art Miami Group brings interesting and diverse galleries to its fairs.  We also like the connoisseurship of highly vetted secondary market fairs (such as Masterpiece London).

Name a few important works we should keep an eye on when visiting. 
Our exhibit this year is dedicated to important works with a small footprint. Picasso’s “Femme”, the watercolor and charcoal drawing from 1901, is certainly a standout piece.  We are also excited to exhibit a new sculpture by Gino Miles titled “Elegance.”

Art Miami Exhibitor Highlight: Nancy Hoffman

President of Nancy Hoffman Gallery

520 West 27th Street
New York, New York 10001

Joseph Raffael,  Peony for Reuben , Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Joseph Raffael, Peony for Reuben, Nancy Hoffman Gallery

What is the gallery's focus at this year's fair?

An overview of the best and newest works by gallery artists including mini-solos by several artists, as well as paintings, photographs, video, sculpture, created for the Miami Art Fair. 

 Two monumental works by Hung Liu based on photographs of Dorothea Lange, 7 x 7 feet, riveting images from the Dust Bowl and Depression.

Are there specific artists or works that collectors should pay attention to at your booth?

We are only bringing works we want visitors to pay attention to.  The new Hung Liu monumental pieces, the new Raffael watercolors of flowers of small scale, and the new Nicolas Africano glass figure sculptures are particular highlight this year.

What trends have you noticed in the art market over the past few years?

The biggest trend I have noticed in the art market over the years is pluralism.

What are some of your favorite aspects of being a part of Art Miami?

The fact that visitors often say it is their favorite of all the Miami fairs.  There is an energy and excitement in the aisles of the fair, of discovery.

Hung Liu,  In the South , Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Hung Liu, In the South, Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Please give our readers a few tips for making the most of attending art fairs based on your experience. 

Take the necessary time to walk through the fair and then revisit the stands with works of art that speak to you.  Learn as much as you can from the dealers about the artists and the works of art.

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Top 10 Highlights at the Chicago Art Book Fair 2017

During November 16-19, Chicago hosted its first annual Chicago Art Book Fair, featuring over 100 independent publishers, small presses, comic and zine-makers, printmakers, and more. Taking over two floors of the stunning Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the amount of incredibly unique and innovative artists and publishers kept the crowd buzzing with eager curiosity and excitement, while not being too overwhelming. Its a chance to meet individual illustrators and artists as well as small printing presses that publish everything from short story collections to risograph printed zines. Not just from Chicago, this international book fair had an endless amount of talent, making the top 10 highlights difficult to narrow down. Take a look at these 10 amazing artists and publishers who’s work blew the crowd away!

1. Cold Cube Press / Mount Analogue

Cold Cube Press is a printing service based in Seattle, Washington that prints using a risograph process, which is a process similar to a silkscreen as it prints one color at a time, making their book Cold Cube 003 (featured above) even more impressive! It features the artwork of over 30 artists and poets. Sharing the booth with Cold Cube are their neighbors and collaborators, Mount Analogue. Mount Analogue has their hands in so many amazing projects, as they are a interdisciplinary publishing studio, installation gallery, small press book shop while also hosting community events.

2. Extra Vitamins

Extra Vitamins is the multi-disciplinary creative studio of Julia Belamarich and Kyle Garfield that emphasizes the intersection of art and design. They produce unique and playfully designed apparell, tote bags, illustrated books, zines, and more.

3. Pegacorn Press

Pegacorn Press is a queer and feminist project ran by artist Caroline Paquita based in Brooklyn, New York. They publish and produce zines, comics, and other print ephemera along with patches and even plush dolls.  Much of the work produced is a collaboration between Paquita herself and other artists.

4. Marnie Galloway

Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and illustrator hailing from Chicago, who works primarily in fiction and poetic comics. Her work In the Sounds and Seas, which was featured at the fair, is an intricate and striking, black and white, wordless graphic novel. 

5. The Bettys

The Bettys is an art collective that produces and publishes zines and curates events in and around New York City. Their work primarily focus on supporting women, people of color, and LBTQ communities. Other products produced by the collective include catchy and powerful pins and stickers.

6. Chloe Perkis

Chloe Perkis is a Chicago-based artist who creates risograph prints, comics, zines, and pins that often feature a strong female presence. On top of creating her own printed ephemera, she has also curates exhibitions. One of which, a show titled Sucias, had a unique zine printed in conjunction with the exhibition that was available at Perkis' booth. 

7. Authorized to Work in the U.S.

Authorized to Work in the U.S. is a multi-disciplinary project run by artist and publisher Cem Kocyildrim. The artist sells his incredible work on a mobile art gallery, the "Riso Bike," which he peddles around NYC. Kocyildrim's personal work shines light on issues surrounding immigrant life and the U.S.

8. Floss Editions

Floss Editions is a small printing press that publishes books, zines, and apparel of amazing quality, with brilliantly bold colors, that feature a variety of talented artists. They are based out of Oakland, California, but publish work by artists all over the US.

9. Perfectly Acceptable

Perfectly Acceptable Press is a publishing house and risograph printing studio, located in the fair's host city of Chicago. They publish small edition zines, comics, and other art books, with their content and aesthetic being incredibly diverse. 

10 Jamiyla Lowe

Jamiyla Lowe is an artist and illustrator based out of Toronto, whose quality work can be described as fantastical and mystical. Her impressively rendered creations can be found in the form of limited edition prints, wall hangings, tote bags, and t-shirts.


Featured image courtesy of Mount Analogue/Cold Cube Press

Art Miami Exhibitor Highlight: Leslie Feely

Dakota Sica

Director at Leslie Feely

33 E. 68th Street, New York, NY 10065

Friedel Dzubas sketches on view at ArtMiami

Friedel Dzubas sketches on view at ArtMiami


What is the gallery's focus at this year's fair?

This year we will be presenting a dynamic selection of post war and contemporary art. Including works by Richard Diebenkorn, Jules Olitski, Friedel Dzubas and Kenneth Noland.  The presentation will include highlights from each artist’s career; including Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series, Olitski’s early sprays, and Noland’s sixties stripe paintings.

Painting by Frank Stella, Private Collection New York

Painting by Frank Stella, Private Collection New York

Are there specific artists or works that collectors should pay attention to at your booth? 

Featured in our booth are paintings by Kikuo Saito a Japanese painter who sadly passed away just last year.  During the final years of his life Saito created the most spectacular paintings of his career.  Currently we represent the Estate of the Artist and are pleased to present these cherished late works.  

KIKUO SAITO , Kikuo Saito,  Blueher , 2014, oil on canvas, 66.75 x 47.5 in

KIKUO SAITO, Kikuo Saito, Blueher, 2014, oil on canvas, 66.75 x 47.5 in

What trends have you noticed in the art market over the past few years?

In the last few years I have seen collectors revisit overlooked / undervalued talents.  Most recently I have seen a real increase in the market of Friedel Dzubas. These beautiful paintings previously traded for low figures comparatively to his peers.  Now in just a few years the artist’s market is strong and growing.  We will be showing a selection of paintings by Friedel Dzubas - this would be a great opportunity for collectors to acquire works by this artist.

Robert Motherwell,  Delicados , 1980, Acrylic and collage on board, 10 x 8 in

Robert Motherwell, Delicados, 1980, Acrylic and collage on board, 10 x 8 in

What are some of your favorite aspects of being a part of Art Miami?

Art Miami is Miami’s original fair.  It stays true to its roots and is an excellent place for experienced and new collectors alike to find top quality works.  It is not only a chance for us to be with our fellow galleries from New York – but also meet new galleries from around the world.

Richard Diebenkorn,  Untitled , c. 1967, Charcoal, ballpoint pen and graphite on paper, 16.9 x 13.8 in

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, c. 1967, Charcoal, ballpoint pen and graphite on paper, 16.9 x 13.8 in

Please give our readers a few tips for making the most of attending art fairs based on your experience. 

There is a lot to see, so it’s good to pace yourself.   I recommend coming to ArtMiami more than once - often the VIP opening can be quite busy and hard to get a full sense of the works.  To avoid the crowd, I recommend coming early when the doors open.  We look forward to meeting you at our booth this year!

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Art Miami Exhibitor Highlight: Allan Stone Projects

Interview with Bo Joseph

Director of Allan Stone Projects

535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10011

Wayne Thiebaud,    Nude (Seated Nude),  1963 Oil on canvas 60 x 36 in. Courtesy: Allan Stone Projects, New York © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Wayne Thiebaud, Nude (Seated Nude), 1963 Oil on canvas 60 x 36 in. Courtesy: Allan Stone Projects, New York © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

What is the gallery's focus at this year's fair?

Consistent with the gallery’s long history, our booth program will illustrate artistic kinship and visual legacies by presenting works by mid-level contemporary artists in dialogue with historically significant works of the Modern and Post-War period. While the works on view will span a range of styles and genres, from Abstract Expressionism to figuration, what they all have in common is a mastery of their underlying abstraction.

Are there specific artists or works that collectors should pay attention to at your booth? 

Having represented Wayne Thiebaud from 1962 to 2006, we have the unique capability to present an exceptional cross section of still life, landscape and figure paintings and works on paper by this celebrated contemporary master. With a recent exhibition at White Cube and upcoming surveys at the Shrem Museum and the Morgan Library, collectors have a timely opportunity with the works we will have on view. The largest and earliest Thiebaud we will present is a commanding yet sensitive full length figure painting, entitled Nude (Seated Nude), 1963. Another artist enjoying increasing visibility and favor with collectors, who also had early success with our gallery, is the Washington DC color field painter Thomas Downing. We will have two of his very early, very popular dot paintings, in acrylic on unprimed canvas, each from 1961. At 62 inches square, the one entitled After 5 presents an opportunity for a collector looking for a dazzling period piece whose large sense of scale defies its very manageable dimensions.

What trends have you noticed in the art market over the past few years?

The proliferation of information and general visibility of works in the marketplace seems to overwhelm and almost fog out the audience, especially newer buyers, but even more seasoned collectors. With all of the data available, collectors are in the best position ever to become knowledgeable about artists and their place in the art historical and market fabric, however the pace and volume at which the information is coming at them and the time constraints we all feel are impeding their ability to develop focus and connoisseurship. I see incredible opportunities for collectors who can slow down the viewing and hunting process, and engage dealers personally as resources and as allies in their effort to grow and evolve. 

What are some of your favorite aspects of being a part of Art Miami?

Every year, most of the visitors who arrive at Art Miami after their opening day at Basel Miami say the same thing: "the energy over here [at Art Miami] is so much more positive and accessible, and there are so many good things!" This is a great affirmation for any dealer interested in maintaining a sense of approachability and inclusiveness while also presenting works of the highest quality and desirability. Art Miami has a rewarding balance between serious business opportunities and the altruistic motivations that many dealers struggle to maintain these days.

Please give our readers a few tips for making the most of attending art fairs based on your experience.

First, slow down and try to remove the filters that can cut you off from seeing something extraordinary. Try to give yourself over to the experience of looking, rather than judging. Then engage the dealers: introduce yourself, ask them questions about the works that interest you. Even if the works you see are not the exact fit, sharing your interests could help a dealer to connect you with that life changing work of art.

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(Header image: Thomas Downing, After 5, 1961 acrylic on canvas 62 x 62 in. Courtesy: Allan Stone Projects, New York © Estate of Thomas Downing)