In art fair reports past, we’ve noticed all sorts of interesting and wacky trends. At last year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach, for example, we came across a surprising number of presidential portraits. Shoe sculptures, oddly enough, were everywhere at Frieze 2013. This year at Frieze, we noticed textiles of all shapes and forms at quite a few booths. Here are three of our favorites.
On the exterior wall of New York-based gallery Andrew Kreps’s booth is a monumental, 38-foot-long tapestry (pictured above) by Poland-born, London-based artist Goshka Macuga. Titled “Of what is, that it is, what is not, that it is not 2” (2012), the work shows Macuga being awarded a prize at Documenta, where it was originally shown.
Mendes Wood DM from Sao Paulo brought three whimsical, textile-based sculptures by Belo Horizonte, Brazil-based artist Sonia Gomes. The untitled works come from Gomes’s Torcao series. Gomes, who grew up in the Brazilian textile center Caetanópolis, is known for her innovative use of fabric and found objects.
Mexico City-born, Los Angeles-based artist Gabriel Kuri has been incorporating images of receipts in his work for several years. This more than 13-foot hand-woven tapestry, “Merci” (2013) —made in the high style of the 15th century Gobelin workshop in Paris — features discarded receipts in a variety of languages. See it at the booth of Mexico City-based gallery kurimanzutto.
— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)
(Photos: Ashton Cooper)