Jay and Bey turned up in our feed for the third week in a row. Here they are at Frieze checking out a Kerry James Marshall — this time courtesy of Salon 94 founder Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (jeannegr).
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Over at Victoria Miro’s shockingly spacious Wharf Road space in London, Eric Fischl is showing his series of “Art Fair” paintings: Brushily figurative depictions of the bustle and hustle at the ever-omnipresent, big-tented commercial sales events. Evidently Fischl made these works by lurking around actual fairs with his digital camera, snapping away, and then combining the shots he’d taken into lurid alternate realities. So it seemed fitting that we likewise creeped on the sidelines as Fischl inspected his own likeness — mid-text-message — in one of these paintings.
At a private reception for Brooklyn-based Wangechi Mutu’s solo exhibition at Victoria Miro in London, gallery assistants were pushing small, chocolate figurines representing one of the artist’s signature mutant-mermaid characters. (The stunning mixed-media collage works on view depicted even less plausible, monstrous hybrids.) The deal was that one could take a choco-sculpture home if one agreed to photograph oneself chomping off a piece of the mermaid’s anatomy. We imagine certain savvy collectors are already stockpiling these saccharine mermaids in their fridge, ready to flip at Christie’s inevitable Contemporary Works in Chocolate evening sale. Meanwhile, Instagrammers can check out the attendees who partook by scanning the #mutumermaids hashtag.
Since we’ve previously focused on art-world hangs like Beverly’s and Cafe Dancer, it might come as somewhat of a surprise that we’re choosing to grace riotous L.E.S. spot Hair of the Dog as a so-called “art bar.” Yes, it may be festooned with dozens of television screens tuned to major sporting events; and yes, on Sunday afternoons it may be filled with rowdy, drunk-too-early-in-the-day recreational soccer clubs, all wearing matching pink t-shirts and jabbering loudly over Top 40 pop music. And yes, it’s owned by a consortium that also helms such pun-titled dens of excess as Down the Hatch and The Thirteenth Step. But bear with us for a minute and you’ll see Hair of the Dog’s genius, or at least its genius-potential.