ikea art review

Winners and losers at IKEA's latest art exhibition

Since you buy everything that's currently in your apartment from IKEA, why stop when it comes to the crap you hang on your walls? Here's what will make you look arty.

A recent tour through the decorative wing of the newly renovated Brooklyn IKEA reveals the best and worst of what they have to offer for art. Find out what's worth hanging and what's not worth stopping the shopping cart for in this review
 

 

THE WINNERS:

"Motif created by Lola Frazer. The subject is cut and folded out from the background, giving the picture an added depth." ~ says IKEA's website, and we're included to agree.

It is a cut and fold and it totally has depth, and the deep set frame gives it even more you know what. The white on white is subtle and elegant, and plays well with the butterfly motif with the raised paper cut wings adding yet another layer of depth to this piece. Depth.

"Motif created by Pablo Picasso... with depth." ~ says IKEA's website. We don't know what to be more excited about: Picasso or more depth?! Depth aside, bravo to IKEA for finally landing an artist as prestigious as Picasso in it's current collection. Where else can you get an opportunity to own one of his actual fake prints at the amazingly affordable price of $39.99? Truly a treat for the classic art lovers in the crowd, who would be fools to not jump at the chance to own a reproduction of a piece of history. And the lasting impact of all that depth is hard to put into words so we won't even try.

Maps are awesome in general, right? So why not get one from IKEA. No one will know since it looks just as good as an expensive, real, vintage map from Sotheby's or your local overpriced antique store but it will only cost you 1/1,000,000th of the price. For all those art buyers and sellers looking for great value, this map can be part of your collection for around $15 so why would you ever spend a penny more?

 

THE LOSERS:

Sorry to whoever made this, but my next question is how many people have you murdered? Oh wait it could say "beauty is all around us" but also while raining blood from the trees with alien writing laser enlightening the doves? So whether it's a tractor beam or blood, either way we are freaked out, even in the safe surroundings of the massively crowded IKEA weekend family crowd possibly eating meatballs.

 

The sadness in this piece titled "Global Travels" is palpable. The fake passport stamps and travel transportation stubs of places the owner has never been leave the viewer with an empty hollow feeling much like an extended facebook session. The void this piece leaves in one's heart would normally earn it a spot in the "Winner" section for emotive power, but when purchased it turns its owner into the real subject of the sadness. They don't even attempt to look like any real travel stamps or documentation.Weak.

PJÄTTERYD - Picture, set of 3, global travels $14.99

PJÄTTERYD - Picture, set of 3, global travels $14.99

 

"Motif created by Kord." Just don't Kord. This photo is probably ok on Instagram, or maybe your computer desktop background, but not on your wall in a frame, unless you own a deli or are furnishing a second, third (or fourth...) Airbnb apartment to rent out, you genius entrepreneur you!

Motif created by Kord - $49

Motif created by Kord - $49

 

HONORABLE MENTION:

"What's on the menu?" is a rendition of old-timey, Italian styled coffee signs with a modern vintage aging treatment. This trend is so seductive... Oh the conflict! Is it cliched? Or, is it so absolutely kitsch that it becomes artsy? Frankly, we can't tell, which is why the always unexciting honorable mention award was created.

PJÄTTERYD - Picture, set of 2, "What's on the menu?" $12

PJÄTTERYD - Picture, set of 2, "What's on the menu?" $12

 

And that's it. All the IKEA art worth hanging or besmirching.

The current collection will be on display until pieces sell out or are never bought in which case they will be discontinued and thrown away, so get out to Brooklyn's IKEA and see these cultural gems before it's too late. And like all busy museums and galleries we recommend attending on weekdays if possible to avoid the massive crowds people.