5 Must-See Pieces From Art New York 2016

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New York in undoubtedly the epicenter of the art world. Collectors and admirers from across the world travel to the Big Apple just to get a glimpse of the city’s diverse art scene. Beyond what New York galleries have to offer, the city also attracts the best international and domestic art fairs. Once a fair sees success, it is not uncommon that the second edition open up in the concrete jungle. Which is exactly what happened with Art Miami. What is Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair has now become New York’s trendiest. Here are the five works everyone is talking about at Art New York this year.

Location: Pier 92/94 711 12th Ave
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3 – Sunday, May 8, 2016

1 Alexander Calder, “Ghosts”, 1964, Imaginart Gallery, Barcelona

You probably know Alexander Calder for his mobile sculptors. The American artist is internationally recognized as the originator of this specific type of moving sculpture which takes form as suspended shapes which move in response to touch or air currents. However "Ghosts," is far from this kind of piece. The work depicts five abstract shapes that appear to drip down the canvas. It's minimalist aesthetic and seemingly uncalculated nature send off an eerie vibe reminiscent to that of Ghosts. Whether or not this was Calder's intention, it is certainly felt in an impactful and visually stunning manner.

2 Xingjian Gao, “Le Vide”, 2008, iPreciation, Singapore

Xingjian Gao is respected in more fields than one can count. His work a novelist, playwright, critic and artist have gained him global recognition. His works on paper however, have become his trademark. Hailing from Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China the multi-faceted man creates captivating work with his ink and washing techniques. This is an East Asian type of brush painting of Chinese origin that uses black ink. Xingjian Gao has taken this practice and made it into something so much more meaningful with his signature use of light and shadow. Each piece creates a narrative open for interpretation by every art aficionado.
Ink on Canvas, 81 cm x 100 cm

3 Tomas van Houtryve, “School Yard”, 2015, Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto

You have probably been captivated by many of Tomas van Houtryve's photographs without even knowing it. His reach extends much beyond his native country Belgium. Houtryve's pieces are so much more than aesthetically pleasing, each and every photograph touches upon contemporary issues around the world. What first started as a passion for photography during his university years in Nepal, has turned into a lifetime of incredible work documenting monumental moments in history through his art. It is an honor to own a piece of history through Houtryve's eyes.

4 James Balog, “Lindlad Cove, Antarctica”, 2011, Hexton Modern and Contemporary

The world is an endlessly fascinating place through James Balog's lens. His photography over the last 35 years has unveiled one of the most critical issues of our era, climate change and human impact on the very fragile earth we inhabit. While his photographs are visually stunning, they capture a finite and deteriorating beauty. One that without great change, will cease to exist. This specific piece highlights the melting ice caps in Antarctica which continue to raise our sea levels and pose life-threatening risks for many species. It is a beautiful testament and reminder of the beauty we need to preserve.
Sublimation on Aluminum, 48” x 77”

5 Sam Francis, “Untitled”, 1989/1990, Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam

Sam Francis was the king of expression through color. The American painter and printmakers work has effected minds across continents. Francis' paintings have now become synonymous with the abstract expressionist movement. Without imposing any structure, his work tells a vivid stories captured in different meanings through each and every person who has the fortune of gazing upon it. This piece at Art New York did just that.
Acrylic on paper, 88 x 96 cm
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