Frieze Week Meme Watch: Shoe Sculptures Are Kickin’ It Every Few Feet at Frieze New York


Whereas last year’s Frieze New York fair seemed to have mortality on its mind — fitting, perhaps, for its first outing — this year’s edition of the fair features footwear as far as the eye could see. The mega-fair’s shoe sculptures come in all sizes and styles, perhaps most conspicuously in Thomas Friedman‘s solo show at the Luhring Augustine booth, which includes the pair of New Balances above.


Above: Amalia Pica‘s assemblage sculpture”Catachresis 37 (arm of the chair, tongue of the shoe)” (2013) did its best to trip up visitors to Marc Foxx‘s booth.


Above: In the Frame section, Steve Bishop‘s installation at Carlos Ishikawa included this sculpture of a pair of sneakers fused together.


Above: Robin Rhode‘s installation “Yard” (2012) at the L&M Arts booth consisted of a clock made of shoe photos. (Seen here, 9:25 and 9:30.)


Above: Renee So‘s large ceramic sculpture “Boot” (2013) from her solo installation in Kate MacGarry‘s booth.


Above: A pair of purple boots tucked under one of the Guyton/Walker sculptures at Greene Naftali Gallery.


Above: Michael Mahalchick‘s curious sculpture on wheels “Promises, Promises” (2013) wasn’t going anywhere at the Canada thanks to the shoe wedged into its spokes.


Above: In Leo Xu Projects‘s booth in the Frame section, Liu Chuang‘s installation of belongings acquired from Chinese migrant workers includes a pair of well-worn work shoes.


Above: Though not technically shoes, Valentin Carron‘s sculpture “Cedric” (2013) in the 303 Gallery booth fits the foot motif.


Above: The scene outside Bjarne Melgaard‘s installation in the Gavin Brown booth is an impromptu and participatory shoe sculpture as visitors trod through the plush space in their socks.


Above: The fair’s shoey-est work, thanks in no small part to the nearby Brad Pitt portrait appropriation, would have to be Josephine Meckseper‘s “Untitled (Shoe Stand)” (2013) in the Andrea Rosen booth.

Frieze New York closes today, so run — but only if you’re wearing sneakers — to Randall’s Island to catch all its shoe sculptures.

— Benjamin Sutton

(All photos by the author.)