Fair Fetched: The Wrapup

Frida #1 at Scope: Kazuhiro Tsuji at Copro Gallery, Santa Monica

Three Fridas showed up in Miami. No, this is not the start of a joke. There might have been more, but all I saw was three. You know the saying, "Two of anything is a coincidence. Three's a trend." Of course Frida has been trending for the past 25 years. But towels? They were all over the fairs as well (and they could have been put to good use with all the rain). Then there were the requisite oddities. Take a look. And may everyone own a reflective sculpture that adds a few inches to your height and knocks off 10 pounds.

Frida #2 at ABMB: Walter Pach at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York City
Frida #3 at ABMB: Yusamasa Morimoto at Luhring Augustine, New York City

The Beaded President at ABMB: Liza Lou at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris and Salzburg

The Alien Among us at ABMB: Matt Johnson at 303 Gallery, New York City
(cast and painted bronze)

The Love Child of Carl Andre and Estee Lauder at ABMB: Sylvie Fleury at Salon 94, New York City
Detail below

Pop Quiz: Art or Not Art?

Top: not art | Middle: art | Bottom: not art
Middle photo at NADA: Installation at The Sunday Painter, London

Trending: Towels

ABMB: Paul Lee at Stuart Shave Modern Art, London
Detail below

ABMB: Amanda Ross-Ho at Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York City
Detail below

ABMB: Alexandre de Cunha at CRG Gallery, New York City
Detail below

NADA: Brendan Fowler at Capital Gallery, San Francisco

SCOPE: Jonathan Santoro at Crane Arts, Philadelphia
Detail below (actually, this one is cast plaster)

ABMB: Your intrepid reporter, a little bit taller and thinner reflected in polished steel

All Over But the Recovery

It's actually quite great to spend five days doing nothing but looking at art, but it's tiring. The subsequent 25 days spent slogging through some 3500 images to select and prepare several hundred for publication come with a different physical experience: pressure and exhaustion. Consider the following images metaphors for the experience. I look forward to unwinding, loosening up, and re-inflating. And I'm going to take the rest of the year off.

Aqua Art: Ross Bonfanti at Projects Gallery, Miami

ABMB: Jose Davila at Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Frank Hyder sculptures, from his Janis Project, in need of some inflating

The End

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Fair Fetched: Material Mashup, Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at work in which wood, wax, metal, and a host of other materials were engaged for artmaking. Here we look at fiber. I have mixed feelings about the works I'm showing you here. Some have a strong visual presence, even if they're provisional in construction, as if someone has just learned to weave. Others are beautifully crafted, with handspun or hand-dyed yarn, but I wonder what they're doing at an art fair. Some strike just right mix of idea and execution. As always, I've included wall shots where possible to give you a sense of scale.

ABMB: Brent Waddell at Pace, New York City and elsewhere
detail below

Untitled: Samantha Bittman at Andrew Rafacz, Chicago
Bittman installation with closer view below

Untitled: Teresa Lanceta at Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid

NADA: Margo Wolowiec at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles

Above and below
NADA: Two by Josh Faught at Lisa Cooley, New York City

ABMB: Helen Mirra at Nordenhake, Stockholm
Detail below

Above and below
ABMB: Martha Tuttle at Tilton Gallery, New York City
(both are 9 x 9 inches) 

ABMB: Li Gang at Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne and Beijing
Detail below ("oil on hand-made canvas")

ABMB: Laura Lima at Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paolo
Detail below ("sisal ropes and secret material")

ABMB: David Renggli at Wentrup, Berlin
Detail below

ABMB: Fabian Marcaccio at Galerie Thomas Schutte, Berlin

NADA: Anna Betbeze at Markus Luttgen, Cologne

ABMB: Iva Gueorguieva at Frederic Snitzer, Miami

ABMB: Judith Scott at Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York City

ABMB: Tonico Auad at CRG Gallery, New York City

ABMB: Gabriel de la Mora at Timothy Taylor, London
Three details below
. . . these were a suprise . . .

. . . textiles from vintage speakers

ABMB: Unidentified artist at Zero Gallery, Milan
Closer view below

NADA: Claude Viallat at Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
Detail below

Untitled: Miriam Schapiro at Eric Firestone Gallery, New York City 
Detail below

ABMB: Joao Mode at A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janiero

ABMB: Sarah Crowner at Simon Lee, London and Hong Kong
Detail below ("acrylic on canvas, sewn")

Miami Project: Diana Guerrero-Macia at Traywick Contemporary, San Francisco
Closer views below
("wool, cotton, thread on Belgian linen")

Untitled: Brian Wills at Ochi Projects, Los Angeles
Closer view below ("rayon thread, walnut")

Miami Project: Marina Font at Dina Mittrani Gallery, Miami
Detail below

Next up: The Wrapup

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