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Frieze New York 2012 Post 1

May 7, 2012

I have been very excited that Frieze was coming to New York. Usually this art fair is only in London and I have never been able to go. Plus I have heard that it is always great. Frieze in New York did not disappoint. This fair was not targeted towards big money buyers like most of the other fairs but, it did have some expensive pieces. It was an edgy, fresh breathe of contemporary art.

180 galleries from all over the world set up their booths through a snake-like tent on Randall’s Island. At first the tent seemed to be endless, but then we seemed to lose track of time and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Here are the things I liked best.

Christoph Büchel’s “Shoe Tree” installation, outside the entrance to the fair. -First thing you saw when you walked up to the tent. All I could think of was how much fun it was to make.

Haegue Yang – Double Mountain – Trustworthy X #148

Francesco Vezzoli – TUA (Portrait of Dolly Parton after Palma il Vecchio and Ambrosius Bosschaert) – Dolly Parton mixed with a classic Italian painting. I wonder how she would feel about this?

Damien Hirst – I Want You Too – What does the title have anything to do with dead fish?

Yayoi Kusama – Fell in love with her work when I was in London. I really liked the odd nature of the elements in this painting. It reminded me of something that you would see under water.

Tracey Emin – Most of her work I think is overrated but seeing the drawings, tapestry, and neon pieces together was quite interesting.

Tracey Emin – Past Reflection

Tracey Emin – She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea

Michael Bauer – Blahi-BF-H.S.O.P.-36 – Usually something like this does not appeal to me but the combination of elements and the subtle colors did.

Barbara Kruger – Too big to Fail – Overheard a business man loving this, which amused me. Graphically it’s interesting but I don’t know if it should cost as much as it does.

Alex Katz – White Roses – Classically beautiful. Really large canvas though.

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin – Love Lace – An easy please but fun regardless. You can not tell from this photo but the piece was actually quite large.

Ellen Lesperance – I really liked the way that these pieces were presented. In the glass case is the drawn pattern for the knitted piece in the drawer.

Wolfgang Tillmans – Kilimanjaro – Hard to tell what this photo was in the photo below but, just imagine a night photo where you can see so many stars it’s hard to believe it’s real.

I had so many things that I liked that it would have been too long to put in one post. Look out for more to come!

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