This year’s Frieze Art Fair was more of a crazy happening than I’ve experienced before. First, there was a torrential downpour of biblical proportions – 3 inches of rain over a couple of hours. Workers securing the fair tents caught everyone’s attention as did the rain buckets scattered around the booths protecting $100K works of art.
- But my favorite art piece was created by Dora Budor. She recruited three Leo DiCaprio-lookalikes to roam the fair impersonating some of his most memorable characters: Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), Hugh Glass (The Revenant) and Frank Abagnale Jr. (Catch Me If You Can).
- Budor’s performance piece, a commission for the fair’s Frieze Projects sector, is titled MANICOMIO!, which translated from Italian means “Madhouse!” according to Artnews.
- I encountered “Catch Me If You Can” Leo first and thought it strange that a military officer was attending Frieze and being so smirky about it. Then I ran into the “Reverent”. I did not see “The Wolf Of Wall Street” in person.
- Here’s what the artist told Artnews about the project: “I wanted to create the opportunity for unsuspecting visitors at the fair to experience a disjointed reality—believing that the actor Leonardo DiCaprio might be there, but seeing him, impossibly, many years younger and as characters he has played. He comes every year so that’s part of the idea: he becomes the fourth actor, as himself. It’s like the rings of Saturn, where all Leos orbit the central idea of the eternal Leo.”
Just love this concept!!
Read on below for my top 10 Frieze galleries and artists.
John Currin Drawings at Gagosian
Doug Aitken @ 303
Lea Cetera @ Southhard Reid
Tanya Bonakdar with Olafur Eliasson, Sarah Sze, Tomas Saraceno
Anton Van Dalen, The Pigeon Car, originally created in 1987, @ P.P.O.W.
Keith Sonnier @ Pace
Ledger Drawings at Donald Ellis Gallery
Susan Cianciolo @ Bridget Donahue
Tomas Saraceno @ Esther Schipper
Tribute to Teatro delle mostre
No matter your rank, still got to stand in line if you want to eat…..