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The 17 Sexiest Works of Art at NADA

A guide to all the art that left us wanting more.

by Emerson Rosenthal
09 May 2016, 10:15pm

Erin Jane Nelson, Key.swallower, 2016 (detail). Pigment on organza, linen, Spanish moss, cellophane, gypsophila, earthenware, pearls, sea shells, aluminum. 60 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Hester, New York

If art is about sex—and it isan art fair is an orgy. Of course, the most fertile ground is wherever New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) touches down, bringing with it cycle after cycle of up-and-coming gallery talent. Held for the second year at Basketball City, this year's NADA New York was no cold fish; from Naama Tsabar's felt-and-guitar-string touch instruments, to Chloe Wise's pierced papaya sculpture, every sensation soft and hard had its own emissary. I even caught a bit of the art world basketball tournament outside, maybe the lowest-scoring series in history, but art girls love dudes in basketball shorts, and women rule the art world, and that's hot, so things were stewin'. 

In this vein, The Creators Project mapped out the anatomy of the 17 sexiest artworks at NADA. 17 because, obviously

1. Dale Lewis at Edel Assanti

Dale Lewis, Deep Fat Fryer, 2015. Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas 200 x 400 cm. 78 3/4 x 157 1/2 in. Image courtesy Edel Assanti, London

Moms who lean back and let their kids figure it out have been erotica mainstays since at least Clytemnestra, the foursome in the back of this painting notwithstanding (too obvious). Also, this painting is 13 feet wide. If someone invites you back to their home and has art this big, you're a nihilist for not sticking around for a second drink. 

2. Lisa Tiemann at fiebach, minninger

Lisa Tiemann, NOTIZ APRICOT / NOTE PEACH (2016). Ceramic, glaze, rubber (61x23x85 cm). Courtesy of fiebach, minninger, Cologne

Ceramic, glaze, rubber: The "phone, keys, wallet," of a better bachelorette function.  

3. Suzanne Lacy at Alden Projects

Suzanne Lacy, Anatomy Lesson #1: Chickens Coming Home to Roost, 1975-76. Four elements comprising the complete series. Lithograph on both sides of four postcards. Each 4 1/2 x 6 7/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Alden Projects, New York

Between Lacy's "Eyes up here" gaze and the text down below, there's so much visual tension packed into this photo, I'm having chest pains writing about it. 

4. Water McBeer's booth

Photo courtesy Water McBeer

By commissioning miniature works by Elizabeth FerryJamien Juliano-VillaniLast RenissanceAnnie PearlmanCosmo DeBrie, and Matthew Palladino and situating them inside a single, standing desk-sized booth, the elusive Water McBeer managed to assemble every crushing fetish at once. 

5. Yael Kanarek at bitforms

Yael Kanarek, Terrain7a_5: Bits, 2002. From the series 48 Nowheres. Ink drawing on Lambda print, pleximounted 44 x 34 in / 112 x 86 cm. Photo: John Berens

When we're finally able to upload our consciousnesses and explore the web with avatars, every pair of hot dog legs on Instagram will be the Desert of the Real. 

6. Davida Nemeroff at COOPER COLE

Davida Nemeroff, Muscles (Shadow), 2016. Edition of 2, 1 AP. Inkjet print. 46 x 36 inches (116.8 x 91.4 cm) Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto.

Don't ask. 

7. Matthew Chambers at FEUER/MESLER MESLER/FEUER

Matthew Chambers, The goalies anxiety at the penalty kick, 2015 Acrylic and three part monterey blue enamel and acrylic on canvas. 96 x 48 inches (243.8 x 121.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and FEUER/MESLER MESLER/FEUER, New York

Everyone has a thing for Spandex, not everyone's man enough to admit it. They're sleek, made for soaking in sweat, and they bunch up in all the right places, you're just being weird about it—and that's hot, too. Kspxbai. 

8. Daniel Boccato at FORMATOCOMODO

Daniel Boccato, courtesy of FORMATOCOMODO and the artist

Say what you will about the fact that there were a couple nudes with birds at NADA, and I chose this one—getting naked with a box of Crayons is everything that one scene in Titanic wasn't. 

9. Alexander Nolan at Galerie François Ceysson

Alexander Nolan, Masseuse by Candlelight, 2015. Encre sur papier Ink on paper. 38.1 x 27.94 cm 15 x 11 in. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie François Ceysson, Luxembourg

DO: "A grown-ass man should be able to change a tire, drive stick, do CPR, set a bone, gut a fish, build a wall, throw a punch, shoot a gun, shotgun a beer, build a fire, run a barbecue, change a diaper, recite three lines from Animal House, light a fart, and give a massage."

I added that last part, but a grown-ass man should.  

10. Erin Jane Nelson at Hester

Erin Jane Nelson, Key.swallower, 2016. Pigment on organza, linen, Spanish moss, cellophane, gypsophila, earthenware, pearls, sea shells, aluminum. 60 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Hester, New York

The mediums used to make this read like Martha Stewart's Guide to Better Tentacle Porn. It's a good thing.

11. Pawel and Kosma Althamer at Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK)

Pawel and Kosma Althamer Lump Hammer, 2014 Bronze. 23cm (9.06 inches). Edition of 10. Courtesy of the artist and ICA London.

According to historical record, crucifixes actually looked a lot more like uppercase letter "T," which is atrocious if you've ever watched a dog polish off a T-bone. Sacrilege = sexy. 

12. Alphachanneling at Jack Hanley Gallery

Alphachanneling, Honorable warrior captured by the enemy!, 2016. Colored pencil on paper. 12 x 18 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery

I dream this every night.

13. Jamie Sneider at NEOCHROME

Jamie Sneider. Untitled (Bedpan and Holder). 14.5 x 12 x 5.25 inches Concrete and steel NEOCHROME Courtesy of the artist

Q: What's sexier than a concrete bedpan? A: A concrete bedpan in a steel diaper.  

14. Jennifer Chan at ltd lost angeles

Jennifer Chan, Body Party, 2015. Digital print on microfiber bedding. 40 x 75 in. Courtesy of the artist and ltd los angeles

Jennifer Chan's dudebod bedspread lets you sleep on belly of the beef. 

15. David Armstrong Six at Parisian Laundry

David Armstrong Six, A Bright Blot, 2015. Steel, plaster, paint, pigment, ink, lacquer 72 x 17 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Parisian Laundry, Montréal

The rubber boot that holds this piece together literally puts the "ass" in assemblage. 

16. Ben Thorp Brown at Bischoff Projects

Ben Thorp Brown, The Last Oysters, 2015. Photo by the author 

The artist Ben Thorp Brown 3D-printed an oyster shell in order to simulate what buying the aquatic delicacies might be like in a future where water resources have all but depleted. If natural aphrodesiacs and intimations of scarcity aren't your bag, honestly what are you doing at an art fair?  

17. Sally Saul at the Landing

Sally Saul, The Attack, 2016. Glazed ceramic. Image courtesy of the artist and the Landing, Los Angeles

Granted, the only sexy thing about David and Charles is impending death, but this fanfic-worthy ceramic makes my Koch hard. 

What turned you on at NADA New York? Tweet us everything: @CreatorsProject.

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