Weekend Recap: Your Frieze Art Fair Cheat Sheet
Art week kicked off with numerous art fairs including the one and only, world-renowned Frieze. Fashionistas, hype beasts, and art fanatics alike, alongside industry buyers and collectors, traveled to Randall’s Island (black umbrella in hand) to admire art from around the world. If you weren’t able to attend Frieze New York this year, take a look at these eye-catching booths from the fair.
The allure of Yayoi Kusama’s artwork continued as spectators gathered around the replica of Narcissus Garden (1966-present) and snapped photos of their reflection in the metallic spheres that covered the floor. On the wall complimenting the cosmic installation, the acrylic on canvas piece by Chris Ofili titled to take and to give features a dark colored female figure heading toward pastel colors into the sky. Priced at $8000 a piece, Olivia Erlanger aimed to change our perception of mermaids from the mystical long flowy haired and faultless breast female to genderless tails by washing away their appeal and reputation with the use of everyday washing machines. Erlanger previously exhibited her mermaid tail installation at a Los Angeles laundromat evoking curious conversations of art and gender to the mundane chore of laundry day.Red Grooms The Bus (1995) was a hot commodity – a mixed media installation which allowed art enthusiasts to climb inside the bus and take a selfie with life-sized sculptures imitating local New Yorkers. The ten-foot-tall by 22-foot-long art piece is an iteration of MTA buses that are covered with ads and nostalgic price signs near the faux driver that read “EXACT FARE 1.25 or token. No bills.” The installation sold during its VIP night for $550,000 to a museum.Salon 94 featured paintings by Natalie Frank, the artist showed fairytale inspired art in a shocking and abnormal light. Works with frightened stares, demonic villains, and nudity in a narrow hallway causing viewers to look closely at the expressions and detail of each piece. Nearby, influencer’s flocked to the galleries showing of Tom Sach’s Shop Chair and large orange painting of Fox Broadcasting’s Family Guy theme logo. Blue and white silhouettes by Lisa Brice were on view in addition to abstract paintings by Elizabeth Neel and Marina Adams, and jewel-toned landscape photographs by David Benjamin Sherry.Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Halsey won the 2019 Frieze Artist Award over hundreds of applicants from 50 different countries. Halsey incorporates her community of South Central LA into her installations and include anything from C.D.’s, party flyers, maps of bus routes, to beauty store coupons. For Frieze, she created an architectural intervention of two standalone columns entitled Prototype Column For Tha Shaw (RIP The Honorable Ermias Nipsey Hussle Asghedom) I & II.
Images courtesy of Dawn Blackman, And Now, Pierre Le Hors, Salon 94, and Frieze Art Fair
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