As a quick follow up on Frieze London, that took place last week (see our previous post), here are some further works which we loved – and would have gladly purchased. The London-based Pilar Corrias had probably one of the most photographed booth of the fair and rightly so: bright fluo floor by Korean artist Koo Jeong A and Rirkrit Tiravanija’s huge “Fragile” lightbox caught everyone’s attention, while provided pink ambiance light for Tobias Rehberger’s “Ugly” sculpture, Philippe Parreno’s screen prints and Tala Madani’s painting. On closer inspection we also discovered a fantastic Tiravanija’s stencil (an edition of 3). This definitely is a gallery to follow!
Another one to remember is Esther Schipper gallery from Berlin. One couldn’t overlook these two furry creatures by Pierre Huyghe – surprising pieces considering his usual output – but when enquired, we were given a thorough and engaging explanation, that even covered Huyghe’s installation on this year’s Documenta. Also on display were new works by Philippe Parreno, Christopher Roth and Thomas Demand. Altogether a great stand.
Gavin Brown‘s booth was as colorful and daring as usual, showing a.o. Thomas Bayerle, Mark Leckey, Jonathan Horowitz and Jeremy Deller and over at the stand of Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid) we saw this amazing crying boy photographed by Pierre Gonnord (as well as the best hairdo of the fair).
Only a quick peek outside in the sculpture park, Jean-Luc Moulène and his black and white interpretation of Renault Twizy was among our favorites.
We’ll pass on the overall fair evaluation to the more qualified ones – Adrian Searle, Linda Yablonsky, Lia Chavez etc, take your pick – but the couple of things we noticed were: it was much more pleasant to walk around, as the number of tickets sold per day was limited (you had to pre-order them in advance) and we didn’t pick any overpowering trend, nor galore of a particular media/theme/artist.
We also attended the Deeply Superficial talk on Friday, which dealt with the theme of stock images and their adoption as source material for art. Who has ever browsed through Shutterstock and alike, can immediately imagine what potential lies there, particularly for the “bad art” category (evil grin). Here are some artists working in that domain, whose names we picked up: Guthrie Lonergan (check out his Artist Looking at a Camera compilation), Michael Bell-Smith and Dara Birnbaum (Kiss the Girls: Make Them Cry). And on that note – should you be in need of some convincing images from the contemporary art environment, these might come in handy…
Freeze London is over, long live Frieze New York 10–13 May 2013!