CONTEMPORARY CURATED - 12 JUNE 2014 | NEW YORK

Chrissy Crawford is the Founder of ArtStar and Little Collector, two online platforms for discovering and collecting contemporary art at affordable prices. Little Collector collaborates with artists to create art specifically for children and produces free and public art events for families. Chrissy has worked at the Aspen Art Museum and David Floria Gallery, as well as in advisory and curatorial capacities for a range of collectors, galleries, and institutions. She holds a Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute, London. Chrissy collects work by Mickalene Thomas, Laurie Simmons, Lisa Levy, and Andrea Mary Marshall.

1.

Lot 219
Barbara Kruger
Untitled (My face is your fortune), 1982
Est. $35,000 - 45,000

I love text and primarily collect work by female artists, especially naughty females. Barbara is fearless and confrontational with her work. I also love how her text can make a stock or mundane image dangerous and off-putting. She has very graphic work, but it’s still intellectual and challenging.

2.

Lot 208
Tom Sachs
Pandaba, 2010
Est. $5,000 - 7,000

Poor little guy looks like he needs a juice cleanse and a hug. Tom’s work makes me laugh. In the age of slick Koons sculptures and mass produced art, it’s nice to see a gritty, DYI work from the hand of the artist (or, OK a hipster studio assistant).  I also love the pop cultural references and playfulness to his work. The first show I saw of Tom’s work was at the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen. He has a Delinquency Chamber with vodka, bongs, and Grand Theft Auto. People could not stop giggling (maybe from the bongs) and a normally uptight crowd was social and interactive. Something about the playfulness in his work that let’s the art world know it’s OK to smile and enjoy art again.

3.

Lot 366
Maike Abetz & Oliver Drescher
Instant Karma, 2005
Est. $6,000 - 8,000

Analog technology, music, pop culture, architecture, cool German couples in matching silver pants, and album covers- what’s not to like? I’ve been a huge fan of their collaborative work  for years and would love to buy this piece. 

4.

Lot 241
Kehinde Wiley
After El Greco's (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) The Annunciation; After George Romney's Elizabeth Warren as Hebe [Two Works], 2009
$3,000 - 5,000

As a young collector I purchase a lot of editions and prints. They are a great way to create a collection by the best artists on a limited budget. Kehinde is so technically skilled it makes me really jealous (insert image my attempt to draw like Kehinde = stick man drawing wearing a Yankees hat here?) I also like his urban male portraits and think they are the best representation of his work.