Art on Paper in New York, NY

The night after going to the opening of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show I was fortunate to attend the Art on Paper opening at Manhattan’s Pier 36. Everyone was masked, and the aisles were wide. There were 75 galleries, and people I wanted to meet in person. While I have truly enjoyed ZOOM classes, and all the great on line gallery exhibitions and talks, during the pandemic, there is no substitute for seeing art, and meeting people, in person.

“The renowned fair, known for its medium-driven focus, will continue to showcase unique and powerful projects in its seventh edition. The visual, experiential moments that have set Art on Paper apart in year’s past and established it as an important destination for the arts in New York City, will yet again be on display through a myriad of installations, both large and small, that push the boundaries of work on paper.” (Art on Paper press release)

I’m starting with the piece that I was most eager to see, knowing it was going to be at the show. I had taken a full weekend ZOOM workshop last February with Rebecca Hutchinson, and was absolutely enamored with her Double Bloom installation. While the photos were gorgeous, I was super excited to see it in person. It exceeded my expectations.

Rebecca Hutchinson, Double Bloom
Fired and unfired porcelain paper clay, handmade paper made from upcycled flannel shirts, table linens and cotton blue jeans, organic material
Each pod is approximately 9-11 feet tall x 24’ diameter.
Total installation is approximately 12’ high x 8’ x 8’
Duane Reed Gallery
From other side

I was thrilled to meet Rebecca in person. She’s absolutely fabulous.

I also was pleased to meet Duane Reed, who represents a wonderful group of talented artists, including Hutchinson. Take a look at his website.

Rebecca Hutchinson, Summer Bloom, 2021
Fired & unfired porcelain paper clay, handmade paper, organic material
36” x 76” x 5 in
Duane Reed Gallery

At Art Basel, I always attend the INK fair, and visit Stoney Road Press. I knew that owner David O’Donoghue, would be at Art on Paper, as he is a friend of my brother and sister-in-law. David lives in Ireland and, due to the pandemic, I hadn’t seen him in years.

David in his booth

Take a look at the Stoney Road Press website to see more details about the work in the booth. There is much to see.

Carlos Cruz Diez, Couleur Additive Germanic, harmonie A, 2018
Edition of 50
100 x 100 cm

Right next to Stoney Road Press was LaiSun Keane’s booth. It was nice to finally meet LaiSun in person, as we had been in touch during the past year. I had seen her room the evening before at the SPRING/BREAK art show, but not her. She had two great shows going on the same weekend, and not sure how she was able to handle it all so beautifully. You should definitely keep your eye on LaiSun Keane’s gallery, as she always has a lot going on.

LaiSun Keane Gallery at Art on Paper
Gary Stephan, If -Then (A, D, F) From the portfolio If-Then, 1974
Color aqauatints on handmade paper
Edition of 50
Each sheet 24.75” x 28.5 in
F.L. Braswell Fine Art
Maru Quinonero, 2021
Pastel and pencil on paper
55” x 55 in
Voltz Clarke Contemporary
Justin Favela, El Cabrio de San Angel, After Jose Maria Velasco, 2021
Paper and glue on board
27.56” x 36. 22 in
Paradigm Gallery

No matter what else is showing, I cannot pass up classic work by Picasso and Matisse.

Pablo Picasso, Tete Femme, 1947
32 3/4” x 26 3/4 in
Spanierman Modern
Pablo Picasso, Maya Au Pinafore, 1956
Offset and lithograph on paper
28 3/4” x 21 in
Spanierman Modern
Henri Matisse, La Pompadour, 1951
Lithograph with Chine Appliqué on Arches paper
21” x 14 1/2 in
Spanierman Modern

I adore work by Milton Avery and March Avery. Here is a New Yorker article to read about the ultra talented Averys, father (Milton) and daughter (March).

Milton Avery, Seated Woman, 1950
Unique Monotype in Colors on Gilbert Bond Paper
22” x 16 3/4 in
March Avery, After Dinner, 1964
Oil on canvas
16” x 22 in

It was fun being at an art fair again, and every fair has its attention seeking outfits. This gal was my favorite of the night.

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