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It’s An Art Art World: Frieze & 1:54 Art Fairs

05/21/2015
Kader Attia

Kader Attia

The fourth edition of Frieze Art Week came stronger and better than ever. From May 14th to the 17th an endless amount of art related fairs, presentations and events inhabited New York City bringing along with them an intoxicating air of excitement and overactive energy. In the mist of working on last projects for school and market week, I made it my business to squeeze in some of the fairs into my already over-loaded schedule. This year I narrowed down my options and made the executive decision to visit Frieze and 1:54 art fairs.Frieze Art Fair 2015 Frieze New York art fair returned on its fourth year to Randall’s Island. Yes, same island where all those music festivals will be happening this summer. The fair brought over 190 of the world’s top contemporary galleries, including 63 from New York City. Below is a re-cap of some of the most talked about eye-catching works at Frieze. Frieze Art Fair 2015Almine Rech Gallery had one of the most vibrant and lively booths. All the works harmoniously bonded with the same color scheme; as if the different artist collaborated together to make this a merchandising success. The gallery exhibited new paintings by Richard Phillips along with psychedelic works by Brian Calvin, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, John Giorno, and Chris Schanck.Frieze Art Fair 2015Long March Space Gallery from China presented works by renowned artist Xu Zhen and futuristic minimalist works by Zhan Wang.Frieze Art Fair 2015Wang’s stainless steel rock like sculpture represents the switching point among western technology and eastern traditions.

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander

Gary Panter

Gary Panter

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson

Jean-Michel Sanejouand (Left) & Jacob Kassay (Right)

Jean-Michel Sanejouand (Left) & Jacob Kassay (Right)

Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone

Before leaving the fair I made sure to sit and rest on one of Korakrit Arunanondchai’s denim massage chairs. This was part of the Frieze Projects’ series. Several high-tech massage chairs were positioned throughout the fair inviting visitors to take a break from the “dizzying pace of the fair”Frieze Art Fair 2015

Next stop was Brooklyn! I head over to the glorious hippest borough for the Inaugural New York edition preview party of London-based 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Pioneer Works. 1:54 was first introduced at London arts venue Somerset House in 2013 by founder Touria El Glaoui. The fair worked in conjunction with artists and galleries with the purpose of promoting African and Africa-related art to a worldwide broader audience.

Barend de Wet

Barend de Wet

Chéri Samba

Chéri Samba

1:54 Art FairNOMAD Gallery showcased a solo show by Bahamian artist and 56th Venice Biennale participant, Lavar Munroe. The whimsical drawings surely would attract the admiration of all age groups, despite the grotesque and dark imagery your eye met once it got past the enamored trance caused by the sweet and playful color palette. Munroe’s work draws inspiration from religion and anthropology to question the way we live and value each other as human beings and our lives. I loved Munroe’s work, and their representation, these are creations meant to start and evoke complex conversations.

Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker

1:54 Art FairMariane Ibrahim Gallery presented stunning and fashion inspired works of photography by Fabrice Monteiro. Just like Munroe, these works grasped on anthropology as a source of inspiration.

Bruce Clark (Left) Ransome Stanley (Right)

Bruce Clark (Left) Ransome Stanley (Right)

Conrad Botes

Conrad Botes

1:54 Art FairA total of 16 exhibitors hailing from South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the UK and the USA showcased contemporary works from over 60 artists.

Gérard Quenum

Gérard Quenum

I am looking forward to next year and will make sure to plan accordingly to have enough availability in my schedule and plenty of stamina to get me through the week. Till 2016 Frieze Week!

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Photos By:

Luiggy Gomez– Frieze

Gloria Chang– 1:54

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