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Frieze Favorites

May 19, 2015

Frieze is one of my favorite art fairs that comes to consume the New York art world. Sometimes seeing art at a fair can seem endless; it’s hard to focus and it’s hard to tell what is good, what is bad, and what is just ugly. But the organization at Frieze and the ideas that are presented make it easy to have a wonderful time. Every year I am able to tour the show and root out what I think are the best things to see. While you may not agree with me, this is what I saw and loved.

Choe U-Ram, Gorgonian Chandelier, 2013,
Metallic material, machinery, electronic device (CPU board, motor, LED), resin, 82.6 x 42.1 x 37.8in
-When I see Choe U-Ram’s work, I’m instantly captivated. I find the movement of the electronics mesmerizing and completely unique.
Damian Loeb, Cygnus, 2015
Oil on linen, 36 x 36in
-At first glance I could not believe that this piece was a painting. It was unreal!
(See the detail below for a closer look).
Wayne Thiebaud, Drumstick Dinner, 2012
Oil on canvas board, 14.875 x 19.875in
-Love Thiebaud so much! He is one of those artists that are so familiar and reassuring to me, that it feels like I’m home when I see his work.
Damien Hirst, Ptolomea, 2012,
Entomological specimens and hammerite paint on canvas, 108 x 72in
-I know Damien Hirst probably did not make this piece himself. But whether it was made by him or someone else, the talent and work that it took to make it should be valued.
Beatriz Milhazes, Sem titulo, 1992,
Acrylic on canvas, 25.5 x 31.4375in
-I have been following Beatriz Milhazes’s career for thirteen years and I have never seen a work this early. By observing the artistic elements in this painting you can understand how the details in her bigger work evolved.
Robert Longo, Study for Astronaut/Armstrong, 2014,
Ink and charcoal on vellum, 14.25 x 20.87in
-A great example of a beautifully detailed study. I always find highly detailed studies fascinating because they help tell the story of the larger work.
Paola Pivi, It’s not fair, 2013
Urethane foam, plastic, feathers, 48x 96.5 x 25.25in
-Who knows if this art could give a viewer any emotion other than amusement? Regardless, who says that it should?
Daniel Arsham
Rose Quartz Eroded Chicago Bulls Jacket,
Rose quartz fragments, marble fragments, hydrostone, 29 x 38 x 12in
-A continuation of his Future Relic series. (Read more about it here). I’m always fascinated by the process of how his work is made.
Catching up to the Future, 2015
Cast objects in geological materials, sand, wood, glass, Glass diameter 46 in, Underground diameter 84in, Depth25.5in
Bernard Frize, Miscela, 2014
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 67 x 59.25in
-Was not familiar with Frize’s work before the fair but I found this piece mesmerizing. The colors are bright and the design is completely hypnotizing.
Gert & UWE Tobias, Untitled,
Framed woodcut on canvas, 80.75 x 80.75 x 2in
-A constant favorite of mine. (Read more about them here). I find the weirdness so appealing. Every time I see one of their pieces it makes me feel like the subject is of something familiar and yet, at the same time something so foreign that it scares me.
Satoshi Ohno, Prism.darknight., 2015
Oil, acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 243 x 122.5cm
-Ohno’s pieces are not for everyone but the highly detailed and sugary sweet, prismatic color combination really strikes a cord with me. It is like looking into the craziest gem facet.
Daniel Rich,
Guangzhou Circle, China,
Acrylic on Dibond, 72 x 59in
-The architectural design and precision of these pieces are wonderful and remind me of old 1950/60s travel posters. Plus I love seeing how A-type some artists can be!
Ice Rink, Pyongyang, 2015
Acrylic on Dibond, 72 x 59in
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet
-Did not get the name of this painting but could not stop staring at it. What the photo below does not tell you was that this piece was HUGE. It was probably around 10ft. It makes me think of oil slicks on a wet pavement mixed with some fantastic aftermath of a fabulous party.
…to be continued.

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