Sriwhana Spong, Sigil (Rothschild's Mynah), 2017, Image courtesy the artist and Michael Lett Gallery

Get the red stickers ready, here’s what we have our eye on at the Auckland Virtual Art Fair

The Auckland Art Fair has joined the rest of the world by pivoting in the face of a pandemic and transforming into the Virtual Art Fair, launching on April 30.

More than 20 of New Zealand’s leading galleries, including Sanderson Gallery with jaw-dropping work by Liam Gerrard, will be joined by institutions from Australia, the United Kingdom and China at the improvised event, which runs until May 17.

“More than 150 artists were scheduled to show at the Art Fair – and the work in many cases was finished or nearly complete, but for artists, they don’t get paid until it is sold,” says fair co-director Hayley White. “So with the Virtual Art Fair, we’re hoping that wherever possible, some of these artists and galleries will be supported by someone buying a work of art.”

Here’s our pick of what’s virtually hanging around.

Dale Frank, Succesful, Dte, honest, Dominating, seeking single mother for regular weekend hook ups away south coast. Must be under 60kg, 2019, varnish and epoxyglass on perspex, 2000 x 2000mm, Image courtesy of the artist and Gow Langsford Gallery.
Marie Le Lievre, Seven (Stacked), 2017, Oil on canvas, 1950 x 1950mm, Image courtesy of the artist and Bartley and Company Art
Francis Upritchard, Face and Leaf, Image courtesy of the artist and Ivan Anthony
Tomislav Nikolic, Oh no, I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough, 2019, acrylic polymer, marble dust, 18ct green gold leaf, 12ct white gold leaf, museum glass on linen and wood, 64.5 x 49.5 x 10.5cm, Image courtesy of the artist and Fox Jensen McCrory Gallery
Jonny Niesche, Dries AF, 2020, Dye sublimation print on voile and mirrored acrylic, 75 x 60 x 6cm, Image courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite
Gordon Walters, Genealogy III (1978), 2020, paper size 1055 x 805mm, Screenprint on archival paper, Indented with Walters Estate chop mark, Edition of 100, Image courtesy of the Walters Estate and Starkwhite
Stephen Bambury, Diamonds on my windscreen, 2020, enamel and chemical action on 2 aluminium plates, 1680 x 900mm, Image courtesy of the artist and Trish Clark Gallery
Coen Young, Untitled (Mirror Painting) 1, Untitled (Mirror Painting) 2, 2020, silver nitrate, enamel and acrylic on fabriano paper, paper size 70 x 55cm, framed size 73 x58cm, sold individually, Image courtesy the artist and Fox Jensen McCrory Gallery
Sriwhana Spong, Spike Island, Image courtesy the artist, Max McClure and Michael Lett
Toby Raine, Rust Cole with Tourniquet version 3, 2019, oil on canvas, 1150 x 1000mm, Image courtesy of the artist and Gow Langsford Gallery
Liam Gerrard, S25, Whenuakite, 2020, charcoal and pan pastel on paper, 500 x 500mm, framed, Image courtesy of the artist and Sanderson Contemporary
Eemyun Kang, Corda, 2019, oil on canvas, 305 x 305mm, Image courtesy of the artist and Trish Clark Gallery
Bill Hammond, Picnic 2, 2007, lithograph, ed 3/27, 545 x 690mm. Image courtesy of the artist and Ivan Anthony

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