a pleasant surprise: the 2012 sofa nyc fair

Architect David Ling’s marvelous hanging cubes of light
This weekend (20-23 April 2012) is the 15th edition of the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (SOFA) at the Armory on Park Avenue in Manhattan.  In theory, the show is right up my alley …  it showcases galleries that specialize in contemporary art and design from around the world.  In years past the selection had gone slightly esoteric and perhaps too “studio” for my liking so when I was invited by a friend to the VIP viewing last night I agreed with trepidation.

I was glad to have accepted the invite.  For starters, the space layout and atmosphere was re-designed by genius architect David Ling who is to be commended for making the space A+. His fabulous glowing cubes were a highlight. The show appears to have gone through a revamp with dealers showing selective and higher quality inventory that can easily be included in blue-chip interiors … whether a ranch house in Colorado or a deluxe pied-a-terre in New York. Wowzer! Some of my favorites were:
Henk Wolvers ceramics at Flow Gallery, London
Vassil Ivanoff Geometric Ceramic Sculpture c. 1960 
Tobias Mohl glass globes at Heller Gallery, NY
Nic Bladen botanical cast sculpture in silver and bronze
Dame Lucie Rie ceramic, c. 1985 
Lacoste Gallery, Massachusetts
Prior to my trip today, I wouldn’t have allocated a blog feature to the fair or have been so positive about it.  But if you happen to be in Manhattan, you should definitely come and take a peek.  There are lots of yummy objets to feast the eyes on.
image credit: Richard Rabel
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