Read This And Pretend You Went to Frieze
Frieze New York: the annual gathering of art enthusiasts, dealers, gallerists, and LES socialites on the reliably weird and oftentimes wacky Randall’s Island, where chosen galleries of the art world display their most prestigious and dazzling work. While visitors used their social media platforms to applaud the contemporary and blue chip pieces on display, others were making offers and mentally decorating their swanky apartments with each high brow glance.
Walking through the aisles of Frieze, one noticeable difference made its mark: art lovers had swapped their usual black-on-black ensembles for bold colors and statement pieces. An array of Chuck Taylors that varied in hue moved through the tent floor, accompanied by bright yellow shearling and daring patterned jackets, wide legged trousers, and, similar to other noteworthy art events—Chanel, loads of Chanel. In between booths, the well-dressed crowd flocked to an outdoor picnic style lunch, leaving with champagne in hand to spend the remaining hours admiring both the gallery’s booth curation and its featured artists.
Miss the party? No problem. Below, check out our favorites from Frieze New York 2K17.
Pace GalleryUpon entering Frieze, the eye is immediately drawn to the neon light sculptures of Keith Sonnier, known for pioneering signage material into art since the 1960s. The Pace Gallery presented the artists’ work as a solo exhibition featuring two new series: “Ebo River” and “Floating Grids”. Sonnier dove into color mixing and tinting to skillfully mask light with mirrors, creating a fascinating combination of three dimensional sculptural mediums that interact with both wall and viewer.
Victoria Miro (London)Politics were a common theme at this year’s Frieze, but contrary to trend Victoria Miro has continuously provided a sanctuary for revolutionary artists at their gallery. Featured artists explored deep-rooted world issues, and their work inspired intimidating conversation through a passionate and insightful art narrative. Yayoi Kusama displayed her “Solitude of the Earth”, a 1994 installation of a vintage style dining table set for two and a cabinet filled with dainty items laced with white net. This eye-catching installation of femininity illustrates the domestic stereotypes of women and the severe yet under-appreciated labor of stitching, sewing, and knitting. Other righteous artists who were exhibited: Doug Aitken, Varda Caivano, Stan Douglas, Elmgreen & Dragset, Alex Hartley, Secundino Hernández, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Conrad Shawcross, Do Ho Suh, Sarah Sze, Kara Walker and Francesca Woodman.
Gavin Brown EnterpriseProvocatively sexual yet humorous artwork hung on a metallic silver wall read “Hug a Hoe He’ll Like It” and “Hug a Thug She’ll Like It” of Gavin Brown Enterprise’s booth, and quickly caught the attention of every fair goer in sight. Swedish Berlin-based artist Karl Holmqvist uses an assortment of formats ranging from poetry readings to pop lyrics in order to encourage viewers to read aloud not using intonation. Contrasting the modern feel of Holmqvst, Gavin Brown Enterprise displayed their current exhibitor’s Joan Jonas drawings of quaint Nova Scotian homes along with Verne Dawsons’ vivid landscape and still life paintings.
Marian GoodmanMarian Goodman presented a lively sound installation created by Anri Sala, Ettore Spalletti, and Adrian Villar Rojas, causing viewers to enter a video cam frenzy. The floating percussion instruments and drumsticks were synchronized to perform live music for fair goers, who easily became enamored with both the sight and sound of the drums. Despite the artists’ difference in age as well as cultural backgrounds, both exhibit internationally to share their progressive ideologies and contemporary views on tradition.
Photos courtesy of Pace Gallery, Artsy, and Gavin Brown Enterprise
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