About Art Shop
Art Shop offers extensive bodies of work by many local and national emerging and established artists including Gladys Barker Grauer, L.G. Carpenter, Katherine McGlynn, Heather Johnson, Chris Twomey (1954-2012) as well as select artworks by celebrated artists such as Ibrahim Ahmed III, Karlos Cárcamo, Dahlia Elsayed, Jerry Gant (1961-2018), Anne Q. McKeown, Jon Rappleye and others.
Please ask to peruse our flat files. Every purchase supports artists as well as Gallery Aferro’s nonprofit programs. Please ask about our payment options, we accept every major credit card as well as transactions via PayPal and Venmo. In the interest of affording all buyers an opportunity to bring quality artwork home we also offer payment plans to anyone willing to make the commitment.
Why should you collect art?
Regardless of your end goal, your starting approach should be to find art that fits your tastes, your budget, and most important that excites you. You will be undoubtedly happier acquiring art that you like instead of just art you think will be monetarily valuable in the long run.
Establishing a collection means:
- Having the pleasure of living with beautiful and meaningful artworks
- Supporting artists at a specific moment in their evolution, and knowing that often the artwork you buy now will gain value and meaning over time.
- Putting money towards what you believe in; such as supporting local spaces, and buying art by artists from diverse backgrounds.
- Having a real relationship with the gallery you buy artwork from and being able to talk with a real person about the artwork and artists you’re interested in.
- Starting a collection for favorite child in your life.
And so much more.
ArtBusiness.com and Openwallsgallery.com both have written sources that tackle different ways of thinking about starting a collection and the steps to take in order to get to where you’d like to be. Artevolution.com and Saatchiart.com also provide good information on the safe-keeping of your new art collection. Finally Huffingtonpost.com and Wayfair.com offer tips on framing and hanging art, respectively.
Start (or enlarge) your collection today!
And we’re back! Two new and exciting exhibitions are opening on April 6th – Gallery Aferro is back in the swing of things. In our Main Gallery, the show Process and Practice will introduce and/or reacquaint audiences with a dozen past alums and current residents from Aferro’s artist residency program. Likewise in the upstairs Memorial Gallery, Folding the Line is a survey on the work of artist, world-renowned papermaker, former Gallery Aferro artist resident and friend Anne Q. McKeown.
2019 is already unlike any other year for Gallery Aferro. Two key developing projects in particular bear highlighting because they will impact Art Shop and its proceedings.
In the later half of 2018 Gallery Aferro temporarily inherited a selection of artworks from Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art. Amongst this selection of immense value is a truly exciting print edition by Cuban American artist Luiz Cruz Azaceta (b. 1942, Havana, Cuba). “CLOUD” is an archival pigment print by Cruz Azaceta after his 2012 artwork “RAINING CLOUD.” The print ran in 2014 as a limited edition for Aljira’s benefit auction that year. It is now available for sale at Gallery Aferro’s Art Shop.
Gallery Aferro’s Art Shop Featured Artist
Luiz Cruz Azaceta
CLOUD, archival pigment print, 24×42, 2014, edition of 50, $1,500
To say this artwork is larger than life is an understatement. Its size and appearance work together to form an artwork that feels boundless in its presentation of a raining cloud system while exploring composition, shape, and color. At the time of making “CLOUD,” natural disasters and climate change were in the forefront of Cruz-Azaceta’s focus, and he directed his attention to a number of artworks that dealt with mankind’s impact in the natural world.
Cruz Azaceta left Cuba as a teenager in 1960 and immigrated to the US, where he lived in New York and graduated from The School of Visual Art. He’s been active in his career as an artist since the 1970s, and his drawings and paintings have been taking the moral and ethical pulse of the country since then. In usually large-format works, executed with highly expressive colors, Cruz Azaceta has dealt with themes of urban violence, the type of personal isolation that comes with living in a large and overcrowded city, the hellish conditions created by a mismanaged government, the abuses and oppressions of dictatorship, and the ravages of the AIDS crisis.
For Cruz Azaceta, art is a way of facing the world and the many realities we share but all too often ignore. Our world is contingent and changing. Chaos is an inherent part of the process. As a devotee of visual experimentation, Cruz Azaceta often works on several parallel work series in different media.
He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and has been awarded grants including The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Joan Mitchell Foundation. His work is in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., Museo De Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela, Marco, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo De Monterrey, Mexico among others. “Luis Cruz Azaceta: Dictators, Terrorism, War, and Exiles” at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora (“the Cuban” for short) first opened at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark in 2014.
At the start of 2019, Gallery Aferro made a continuing commitment to preserve and share the legacy of Anne Q. McKeown. World-renowned as a master papermaker and artist in residence at Gallery Aferro for many years, McKeown has set her sights for California and entrusted Gallery Aferro to care for and exhibit her artwork in her absence. Art Shop is excited for the opportunity to display McKeown’s work and we hope to peak your interest to the fantastic world of print-making and paper arts.
Anne Q. McKeown
Left, What Frightens Them, acrylic on Ugandan bark cloth, 57×39, 2005, $2,000
Right, Surge, acrylic on Ugandan bark cloth, 38×28, 2005, $900
McKeown is an artist whose practice includes painting, printmaking and handmade paper. She’s traveled to and worked in Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Cuba and South Africa. She’s worked with artists at the Artist Proof Studio and Phumani Paper in Johannesburg, South Africa. She’s spoken on art discussion panels, including an interview with Richard Tuttle at the New York Editions and Artist Book Fair 2008, she has juried exhibitions, including the 2007 Philagrafika Invitational Portfolio, and has presented her work as a visiting artist at various Universities, including the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
McKeown has taught Art Appreciation and Drawing courses at the University of Connecticut in Stamford and Papermaking at Mason Gross School of the Arts; as well as many workshops and demonstrations, including the 2010 Pulp Painting Symposium at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2001 she has been the Master Papermaker at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions. McKeown holds her B.A in Studio Art, 1992 from Skidmore College and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. Over the last three years her work has been shown at the SOHO20 CHELSEA Gallery, New York where she is a Fellowship member. She has shown at the Hall of Awa in Yamakawa, Japan JARFO Gallery in Kyoto, Japan; at Rupert Ravens Contemporary and Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ and the Hogar Collection Gallery in Brooklyn, NY among others. Her work involves exploration, working with painting, printmaking, papermaking and wire drawings. She makes and takes apart systems using color, chance and intuition.