Ikea Art Review

Winners and losers at IKEA's latest art exhibition

Some think of IKEA only when it comes to every single piece of furniture they need for their new apartment in their "up and coming" neighborhood, but at #SELLOUT we say why stop there? Since everything you own (except the antique armoire your grandma left you) is from IKEA, why not make it your art gallery as well? While art galleries have limited hours, cramped space and the awkward pressure of a lurking dealer - IKEA is open all the time, you're already there to pick up some silverware and a fake plant and frankly their Swedish meatballs and chocolate bars beat the hell out of cheap wine and old cheese.

So join us on a recent tour through the decorative wing of the newly renovated Brooklyn IKEA as we review the best and worst of their Art collection and find out what's worth hanging and what's not worth stopping the shopping cart for.


"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 in fact a cut and fold and those shadows certainly create the depth they are talking about. It also has a deep set frame, giving it even more you-know-what (depth). What can we say, we're suckers for depth, deepness and anything that comes pre-framed in a shadowbox. OLUNDA - Picture, butterflies $12.99

"Motif created by Pablo Picasso... with depth."

- Says IKEA's website. However, we don't know what to be more excited about: Picasso xerox's or more depth?! Depth and copies aside, bravo to IKEA for landing such a prestigious artist as Picasso in it's current collection. Where else can you get an opportunity to own an actual fake Picasso print at the amazingly affordable price of $39.99? What a treat for the classic art lovers doing some home furnishing shopping, and who would be fools to not jump at the chance to own a reproduced piece of a piece of history. All that depth is a nice bonus too. OLUNDA - Picture, sketch motif by Picasso $39.99



"A map motif is awesome."

- Not said by IKEA, but we're saying it because they are, right?! What they do say about this piece is "You can personalize your home with artwork that expresses your style." and whose style is not vintage maps - so why not get one from IKEA? No one will know since it looks just as good as an expensive, real, antique map from Sotheby's or your local overpriced thrift 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. BILD - Poster, map of manhattan, $15



"This piece begs the question - how many people have you murdered?"

A question you don't want your guests to be asking. It could be saying "all of nature is beautiful" but the blood wash, alien scrawling on the tree and laser light doves make us scared of nature and unlikely to go outside ever again. So whether it's a celebration of nature or a bloody tractor beam, we are freaked out, even in the safe surroundings of the weekend IKEA masses choosing which pattern of dish towel to buy.

"The sadness in 'Global Travels' is palpable."

Fake passport stamps and travel stubs of places any owner of this has clearly never been leave the viewer with an empty, hollow feeling akin to an extended facebook session. The void it leaves in one's heart would normally earn it a spot in the "Winner" section for its emotive power, but unfortunately once purchased it turns the owner into the object of sadness so we don't recommend it. Actual passport stamps, while still fake, would at least have some value as a good lie, but alas it's totally fake in every way and that's just a bummer. 


"Motif created by Kord." 

Don't Kord. Just don't. This photo might be ok on Instagram, or maybe as your teenage nephew's Dell 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!

And there you have it. All of the art at IKEA worth hanging or besmirching.

The current collection will be on display for ever. Or at least until they sell every copy or alternately are never purchased, in which case they will be discontinued and discounted then thrown away. So make sure to get to Brooklyn's IKEA and see these cultural gems before it's too late and like all museums and galleries we recommend attending on a weekday if possible to avoid the massive crowds of families.

Steve Wasterval