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NADA New York 2018
Justin Vivian Bond, "The Children’s Hour: Nothing Can Lick Farrah," 2015, Pencil and Watercolor on archival paper, 12 x 16 inches. Courtesy La MaMa Galleria.

Actor, author, singer-songwriter, cabaret artist, painter: Justin Vivian Bond is the multi-hyphenate talent that has been a fixture of the downtown scene for over 30 years. We love the way this watercolor self-portrait cooly conveys their effervescent glamor.
Erin Jane Nelson, "First Landing Mushrooms," 2018 Resin, pigment, enamel pin, and pigment print on glazed earthenware. Courtesy of DOCUMENT.

Erin Jane Nelson is known for her psychedelic mixed-media collages, which incorporate elements of found objects, photography, fabrics, and earthenware. The electric-blue mushrooms in this work call to mind adventures with psychotropic drugs.
Kirsty Budge, "Simone de Beauvoir and Roxane Gay discuss the messy interpersonal relationships and stagnant gender politics within their favourite reality tv shows," 2018, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Daine Singer gallery.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall in this fabulous (but impossible) meeting of the minds, as imagined by Kirsty Budge. Much of the Melbourne, Australia-based painter’s work explores the tension between the past and present—it’s fun to see this rendered so literally here.
Vittorio Santoro, "Today I Haven’t Done Anything to Avoid the Inevitable (How Someone...)," 2017. Installation view, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris. Courtesy the artist and Counter Space gallery.

Swiss artist Vittorio Santoro’s flag bears an enigmatic message: “How someone becomes someone who speaks of the imaginary?” Is it a question or a declaration? Either way, we like its unsettling presence above our heads.
André Butzer, "Untitled," 2017. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy the artist and Nino Mier Gallery.

This funny, vaguely sinister painting by German artist André Butzer practically jumps off the wall with its intense colors and large scale. Butzer has termed his work “science-fiction Expressionism,” and it packs a far-out punch.
Heidi Lau, "Blue Hand," 2018. Glazed ceramics with gold luster. Courtesy Geary gallery.

In her most recent series of ceramic sculptures, rising-star artist Heidi Lau explores her Macau upbringing, which coincided with the end of their colonization in 1999. There’s something a little haunting about these beautiful blue chains, and the single hand attached to them.
Ying Ge Zhou, "Untitled 2," 2015. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of Creative Growth.

Ying Ge Zhou's loose style of portraiture has drawn comparisons to Andy Warhol's fashion drawings. This playful and evocative watercolor is small (only 5 by 7 inches) but mighty.
Farah Al Qasimi, "S Folding Blanket," 2016. Archival Inkjet Print. Courtesy of the artist and Helena Anrather Gallery, New York.

Photographer Farah Al Qasimi won this year’s New York NADA Artadia Prize for her dazzling photographs that explore wealth and privilege in her native UAE. We love the lushness—and mystery—of this photo in particular.
Genesis Belanger, "Sensible," 2017. Stoneware and Porcelain. Courtesy of the artist and Mrs.

This whimsical objet d'art comes courtesy of Genesis Belanger, whose ingenious sculptures take a page from the surrealist tradition.
Emerson Woelffer, "Blue Mirror," 1963. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of The Landing.

Yes, we know NADA is all about what's new and fresh in the art world. But we couldn't resist including this stately painting from late abstract expressionist Emerson Woelffer (1914-2003). Woelffer may be gone, but the charms of this giant apple live on.