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May 16, 2015

Across the river and slightly far away lies a fantastical white tent perched on the riverbank of Randall’s Island. In this lofty tent lie the hopes and dreams of many by way of the work produced by artists from around the world. Like the most wonderful pop-up museum ever created this house of wonders contains a great range of art for a multitude of admirers. While the booths that create the rows in the tent are too numerous to count, the work below will help you stay on track with interest.

T.J. Wilcox @Gladstone Gallery Booth B6
When I first saw this booth I thought that it was a bunch of bull. The booth was plastered with sunset posters and as had framed images of darker sunsets. BUT I then realized the presentation in this booth of Wilcox’s work is a perfect example of what a gallery is supposed to do at an art fair. Meaning an art fair is not a typical setting to see art so a gallery should do anything to make the viewing exciting for the viewer.
Spencer Finch @James Cohan Gallery Booth B11

A spiritual attraction is awakened within when viewing Spencer Finch’s Color Test 210. Not religious in any nature are a nod to experiments in color theory. The nine custom lightboxes illustrate warm to cool hue color combinations create a calming ethereal effect when viewed together or even individually.
Marilyn Minter @Salon94 Booth B52
Within the walls of the Salon 94 booth is four wonderful new works by Marilyn Minter. Each piece depicts body parts through condensation on a glass window. Delicately alluring and simply sexy, these pieces make you feel like you are looking into something should not.
Teresita Fernandez and Kader Attia @Lehmann Maupin Booth C14
In the Lehmann Maupin booth Ghost Vines (Yellow Gold) by Teresita Fernandez and Halam Tawaaf (2,978 beer cans) by Kader Attia stand so close to each other that you often can not one without the other. These radically different pieces that you would probably only see together at an art fair, are striking but balance each other well in this setting.
James Capper @Paul Kasmin Booth C17
While larger pieces from well-known artists dominate the walls of the Paul Kasmin booth, a simply constructed giant steel “Tooth” rests on the side. Looking like it was pulled from the mouth of a metal Godzilla, this modernist sculptural form speaks volumes about using a functional object in a non-functioning capacity. The drawings on the other hand remind me a fantasy that combines Tim Burton’s imagination with CAT construction materials.
Hank Willis Thomas @Jack Shainman Booth C23
A great strength is held within a simple arm that extends to the sky. Commenting on identity, history and popular culture, in this appealing sculpture a viewer can easily see why Hank Willis Thomas is becoming a rising star in the art world.
Gary Panter @Fredericks & Freiser Booth D17
Taking over the Fredericks & Freiser gallery booth is the work of Gary Panter. An artist known for his work on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, he not only has multiple colorful paintings hung but has transformed the black walls of the booth with hundreds of little white chalk characters and objects.

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