Rodrigo Padilla and I spent several hours at Frieze yesterday. We even bought art and it didn’t break the bank (see below)!
Frieze opens to the public today (Friday) and runs thru the weekend. Weather permitting, take the ferry from East 35th Street. It’s a sublime way to take in the sights of the city and arrive in style!
There are two must-see installations:
- The Yayoi Kusama/Chris Ofili installation at Victoria Miro. It greets you as you enter the tents and it is stunning. Unfortunately, it also attracts idiotic fair goers who feel Frieze is an amusement park for their instagram selfies. One couple was sitting on the Kusama sphere orbs while two other women backed into the Ofili painting with their backpacks and were outraged when admonished not to do so. It will be a stressful few days for the Miro staff if they don’t get security up to snuff – or at least rope off the installation – and they better do it pronto!!
- Steve Keene at P.P.O.W. At first I thought this was an art world joke but I was incredibly intrigued to see this artist on his stage/platform painting pieces that were then available for purchase by fair attendees (cash-only!). And they were priced according to size from $10 to $50. We watched the performance, had lunch, I did some research and we hightailed it back to the booth. Rodrigo and I each purchased a newly minted artwork for $20 a pop. Keene has sold over 250,000 paintings over his 25 year career. Although a Yale MFA, his influences come from his friends in the music world e.g. Pavement and from back in the day when there were album covers. Video and photos of our acquisitions below. An absolute highlight of the fair and kudos to PPOW for having the vision to tap into this populist moment.
Scroll down and join Rodrigo and I as we daytrip through Frieze. Interesting art and some amazingly interesting fair goers as well.