After OD’ing on contemporary art at SPRING/BREAK Art Show and Volta this week, we were looking forward to wrapping up our Armory Arts Week coverage at Art on Paper. As soon as we got to Pier 36, we made a beeline to the Fort Defiance bar and then headed straight over to Ronin Gallery’s booth to see works from our one of our favorite tattooers, Horiyoshi III.
We were excited to see a wide range of Horiyoshi’s artistic oeuvre on display in one small space. Ronin Gallery had everything from photos of Horiyoshi’s stunning body suits to paintings where he used his own blood to gorgeous portraits of snakes and dragons.
Though Horiyoshi III was the initial draw (haha, draw) of Art on Paper, everything else we saw was just as stunning. Right by the entrance, a completely gray fireplace overflowing with felt flowers at the hearth was breathtaking and beautiful. This Timothy Paul Myers piece in collaboration with Andrew Barnes was a fitting introduction to the caliber of work on display at this fair.
We loved so many pieces at Pier 36, but Camomile Hixon’s command of glitter was unforgettable, Kim Won Geun’s sad stout wooden statues were full of life, and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s portraits were full of tangible emotion.
While we’re always excited to see works from promising new talent, it was refreshing to see these fresh perspectives next to works from familiar names (Yayoi Kusama, Matisse, David Eggers, Picasso, Brian Eno, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol), leveling the playing field for artists just trying to make that paper.
And every fair we attended had some anti-Trump works, few were more politically potent than some pieces at Art on Paper. Aaron Johnson’s grotesque painting of 45 is both funny and horrific; Jon Allen’s carved giant Crayola crayons of the Cheeto-in-Chief, Putin, and Pepe the Frog encased in glass jugs were subversive; and most brazen of all was the Brian Andrew Whiteley’s tombstone for Tangerine Voldemort.
Art on Paper puts the famous next to the formative all in one room. It’s probably the most accessible of all the art fairs in town this week and definitely worth checking out. The fair runs from March 2-5. Tickets are available here.