My favorites from the Nada Art Fair the other week in New York City.
Max Brand (above image)
Oliver Michaels, Cole, London (above image)
Brian Kokoska at MFA, Vancouver, Canada (above image)
Elena Damiani, Elaine Levy Project, Brussels (above image)
Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia (above image)
Bill Komoski, Feature, INC., NY, NY (above image)
My favorite display & my favorite lady at the fair.
The young and the aged converge on Randall’s Island for Frieze Art Fair mania.
Ivan Seal, Carl Freedman Gallery (above 2 images)
These little paintings are my favorite for the second year in a row.
Unknown (above 2 images)
Unknown (above 2 images)
Raffi Kalenderian, Galeri Peter Kilchmann (above 2 images)
Borden Capalino, Ramiken Crucible Gallery (above 3 images)
Gardar Eide Einarsson
Graham Little, Alison Jacques Gallery (above 2 images)
Jim Lambie, “Metal Box,” 2013, Sadie Coles
Ricarda Roggan, Galerie Eigen + Art
Neo Rauch, Galerie Eigen + Art
C. Nicolai, Galerie Eigen + Art
Katy Grannan, Salon 94
Ryan McGinley, team gallery inc.
Geert Goiris (A former Cheap & Plastique contributor!)
Richard Wentworth, Lisson Gallery
Many years ago I came across a lamp that screamed my name at a local Williamsburg thrift store, it was a LIP LAMP!!! For one who has been wearing too many layers of lipstick for years (and years and years!) this lamp seemed like a MUST HAVE. The shop was closing when I spotted the object of my desire and when I inquired abut it the worker said there was no price tag on the lamp and he would have to ask his boss for a sale price, he thought it would be no more than $75 bucks or so. I was told to come back the next day and he would have a price. So I did. At which time I learned that the owner of the shop decided NOT to sell it… I was heartbroken!!! I thought about the lip lamp often (I really did… I was in Love, L-U-V!) This was probably about 4 or 5 years ago… by 2013 dreams of owning the lovely lip lamp had almost completely faded from my memory.
However, this past Sunday, my desire to possess le lip lamp sprung to life again… thanks to the Frieze Art Fair. At the fair I came across a newer, shinier, mo’ red LIP LAMP! These light up lips were installed in a gallery booth, surrounded by very expensive contemporary art.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. Upon reading the label I realized the lip lamp was an editioned piece, first made in an edition of 25 in 1969 and now available again from a 2000 edition of 25. The lamp was created by an artist called Nicola L., from France. I inquired with the gallerist about the price of the lip lamp, and I was quite shocked to hear him utter the price tag, $16,000 dollars, cold hard cash. The luscious lip lamp WOULD NOT BE MINE once again.
I need to go back to my local thrift store to see if the slightly beat up 1969 edition is still kicking around somewhere in the back. I am not sure how much the older version would be worth but I imagine more than $75 buckeroos. Maybe once I explain to the shop owner
how it is fate that the Lip Lamp and I be united, at last, she will cut me a deal.
Oh, how I long for the glorious, plastique LIP LAMP again!
More highlights from The Armory Show:::
Natalie Frank, Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York
Peter Linde Busk, Josh Lilley Gallery, London
Jonathan Meese, sies + hoeke galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany
Dana Schutz, Two Palms, New York
Grimm Gallery , Amsterdam
Karthik Pandian, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Phillipe Cognee Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris
Anna Malagrida, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain
Tobias Bernstrup, Andrehn Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Sigmar Polke, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Denmark
Tal R, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Denmark
Orri Jonsson, i8, Reykjavik, Iceland
Abigail Reynolds, Ambach and Rice, LA, CA
Jesse Ash, Monitor, Rome, Italy
Barnaby Furnas, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Ryan Foerster, Clearing, New York/Brussels
James Casabere, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
I cannot find my information for this work, oops.
My favorites from the Volta Art Fair Part II:::
Geraldine Swayne, Fred [London] Ltd, London
John Stark, CHARLIE SMITH, London
Eva Lake, frosch & portmann, New York
Dana Copperwhite, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, Ireland
Ian Toms, Season, Seattle, Washington
Michael Zelehoski, ETHAN COHEN NEW YORK, New York
Kris Knight, MULHERIN, Toronto
Amy Schissel, PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY, Ottawa
My favorites from the Volta Art Fair:::
Greg Haberny, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York
Patrick Lo Giudice, Galerie Römerapotheke, Zurich, Switzerland
Patrick was hanging out in the booth at Volta. I chatted with him a bit about his work, he was super nice and showed me this video of how his work is made:
IC-98, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, Finland
William Bradley, EB&Flow, London, England
Marc Fromm, Jarmuschek + Partner, Berlin, Germany
Jock Mooney, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Stefan Lenke, galerie baer, Dresden, Germany
Kraftwerk box set, DAP
FW Books, Dutch Contemporary photo books
Paper Monument-Saddest ashtray ever
Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe – Marlborough Gallery
Swiss Room (one of my favorite rooms, above 5 pictures)
Desert Island Comics
Went to the Frieze Art Fair NY last Monday and have just finally had the time to go through the images that I shot and think more about what I saw.
A lot of folk like to hate on the art fair but I honestly enjoy them. Yes, they are usually situated in a pretty sterile environment for art viewing (but aren’t most galleries in a similar situation too?), they are generally overcrowded (but not on an off day like Monday!!!), & too hot, with a lack of refreshments. But, despite these negative aspects, it is pretty great to see such a variety of artwork, from an international roster of artistes, and only have to devote a few hours of my life to the effort—no need to fly to Switzerland, Germany, China, or Estonia (although if I had the time and money I would do that as well)!
It was fantastic to see my favorite galleries from London right here in NYC (and much easier to navigate here, in the tent, than in Londontown!) Every year I discover many galleries from Berlin and elsewhere that I have never heard of before, who end up on my list of galleries to monitor on the web. These discoveries help me when gathering information and looking for new artists for future issues of Cheap & Plastique. Seeing all of these non-NYC galleries also helps me to keep an open mind and gain a broader perspective on what is happening in the art world internationally, not just here in New York City. And I do tend to prefer what the international galleries have on offer.
So, yes, I was pretty psyched about the addition of Frieze to the art fair frenzy in NYC.
And I was especially glad that they decided to throw the art party on a weekend other than Armory Week, which is always too crazy, with too much to do and too many fairs to try to get oneself to! Frieze, please come back next year!
Here are some of the works that stood out to me:
Going on Monday versus the weekend was a really good idea, minus that waiting for the ferry was kinda crappy with lots of rain and wind.
Adrian Ghenie, Galerie Plan B, Berlin
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this painting!
Huda Lutfi, The Third Line, Dubai
Mike Kelley (RIP)
Grand Openings, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo