All eyes (and instagrams) were on London this week with a flurry of activity surrounding Frieze. First up, here’s Oscar Murillo chomping down on one of Wangechi Mutu’s (mutustudio) chocolate mermaids at Victoria Miro. (Read Scott Indrisek’s blog post for more details.)
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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.
There’s nothing quite like biting the hand of the 1 percent that feeds you. As part of Frieze London’s Live programming roster, the collective Shanzhai Biennial has erected a bright red, faux-salesroom off to the side of the fair’s main entrance hallway. Inside, depressed-but-sexy-looking models mug for promotional posters hawking an exclusive, £32,000,000 London property; a video tour of the luxury digs achieves strange pathos thanks to its soundtrack (a version of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2U.”) Wall text touts the amenities available, including “Staff Bedroom with EnSuite,” a “Panic Room,” and a “Leisure Room.” Critical stunts like this don’t always play too well at art fairs — case in point, Christian Jankowski’s yacht at Frieze back in 2011 — but Shanzhai Biennial nail the aesthetic of actual real estate pitchmen, and somehow manage to underscore the sad desperation underlying endless acquisition.
Perhaps capitalizing on the impending, ghoulish festivities of October 31st, two generations of readymade masters are exploiting the pumpkin at Frieze London. At Andrew Kreps’s booth, conceptual prankster Darren Bader presents “Rubberband ball and/with jack-o’-lantern,” which — as the title leads you to believe — is an actual carved pumpkin stuffed with an enormous rubberband ball. (You’ve got to love expensive artworks that are almost guaranteed to decompose before you get them home.) Nearby, at White Cube’s booth, Bader’s spiritual forefather Haim Steinbach has “Untitled (pumpkin, pot),” 2014, a sculpture that incorporates a slightly more sleek and sinister Halloween icon.
Today, Frieze announced the 20 artists who will contribute work to its free sculpture park, on view for the run of both Frieze London and Frieze Masters from October 15 through 19. Curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Director of Programs, Clare Lilley, the Regent’s Park display includes work by Yayoi Kusama, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Thomas Schütte, among others.
This year, Frieze London and Frieze Masters will open from Wednesday until Saturday, with the preview on Tuesday — a shift forward from its traditional Thursday to Sunday opening days. The change means that visitors who do not work in the art world, and are not art collectors, will now only have one day to visit — rather than the entire weekend. Frieze co-director Matthew Slotover told ARTINFO UK that the reason for the change, which will limit public accessibility, is to provide a better experience for the art world.
Frieze London has announced the 159 exhibitors that will set up shop at the fair’s 12th edition from October 15 to 18. In addition to its usual Focus section devoted to emerging galleries, Frieze has added a Live component that will showcase performance-based installations scattered throughout the fair. Also keeping in line with Frieze’s devotion to single artist booths, there will be several solo presentations including Mark Grotjahn at New York’s Anton Kern Gallery, Lee Kit at Guangzhou’s Vitamin Creative Space, Martin Creed at Berlin’s Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Barbara T Smith at LA’s the Box, and others.
During the festivities at Frieze London, Salon 94’s Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn shot this very British portrait of Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. (more…)