Original miniature of a classic New York City bodega with icebox, signed
March 30, 05:09 PM GMT
2,000 - 3,000 USD
Mixed media model of a bodega and icebox in miniature executed in acrylic, foam core, chipboard, paper, paper collage, ink, and enamel paint, signed and dated in gold ink at lower center "Daniel Cortes 2022", overall dimensions of bodega: 12 by 8¼ by 4 in. (30.5 x 21 by 10 cm.), the icebox: 2 by 1¾ by 1¾ in. (5 by 4.4 x 4.4 cm.).
MINIATURE OF BODEGA WITH ICEBOX RECALLS NEW YORK CITY AND 90S HIP HOP
Brooklyn-based artist Danny Cortes creates intricate miniatures of iconic New York City places and objects that speak to a loving nostalgia for the artist's own childhood haunts and the early 1990s. What began as a creative hobby during the COVID-19 pandemic soon became a way to share the vanishing version of his beloved city with a wider audience thanks to social media. His miniatures include mailboxes, lampposts, Mister Softee trucks handball courts, newsstands, storefronts, and as represented in the current lot, the iconic New York City bodega complete with an exterior icebox.
Noticing the omnipresent details of urban life all around him and bringing them lovingly to life in his 'toys for adults', Cortes now has a dedicated legion of fans and collectors including sports stars, Hip Hop artists, and—in true hometown fashion—New York City natives who crave a walk down memory lane.
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