Highlights from Frieze, TEFAF and Beyond

After culling through numerous gallery previews, I want to share with you a selection of objects from the upcoming Frieze, TEFAF (The European Fine Arts Foundation) fairs as well as other objects from around the world.

Frieze and TEFAF

Tim Rollins and K.O.S. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (after Shakespeare and Mendelssohn), 2016

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Watercolour, ink, mulberry paper, collage and mustard seed on music score on wood panel | 12 x 9 inches

Since 1981, Tim Rollins and “Kids of Survival” have collaborated on pieces inspired by literary texts and current events. What started as an after school program to help at risk youth, became a major artist collective for over 30 years. Created with students in a workshop at the Children’s Museum of Art, this colorful series is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and partially painted using mustard seed and apple juice.

 

Kehinde Wiley Alexander Cassatt, 2017

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Oil on Linen | 26 x 18 inches

Los Angeles native Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history's portrait painting tradition and was the commissioned artist for Obama's Smithsonian National Gallery portrait. As a contemporary response to the long line of portraitists (think Reynolds, Titian, Ingres, etc.), Wiley captures the heroic and majestic qualities of urban people of color throughout the world.

 

Tom Friedman Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1999

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Sugar cubes and sugar | 48 x 17 x 10 inches

Tom Friedman's work that explores ideas of perception, logic, and possibility. His often painstakingly rendered sculptures inhabit the grey area between the ordinary and the monstrous, or the rational and the uncanny. His amalgamation of sugar cubes create multiple perspectives and textures that lead the eye to create a semblance of a man.

 

Jeffrey Gibson If I Ruled the World, 2018

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Repurposed punching bag, acrylic felt, glass beads, metal jingles, artificial sinew, and nylon fringe | 79 x 15 x 15 inches

Half Choctaw and half Cherokee, Jeffrey Gibson was raised in the US, Germany and South Korea and is a hybrid of cultures. Inspired by Native American powwow dancers, he combines traditional and modern cultural elements by covering Everlast punching bags, further conveying Native Americans’ strength through his beading work.

 

Sanya Kantarovsky Charlotte, 2018

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Oil on canvas | 85 x 65 inches

Kantarovsky’s work uses dark humor to engage the viewer in a voyeuristic look at bizarre private moments. His figurative paintings are his most well known series of work and contain drastic shifts in scale, paint application and stylization.

 

Tony Tasset Domestic Abstraction (Green), 1988-2013

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Hide and wood | 29 x 29 x 2 inches

For over three decades Tony Tasset’s work has used art to examine popular culture, folk and vernacular traditions to further question the conditions of value and cultural hierarchies. Tasset creates pop surrealist and abstract works using recognizable facets of Americana.

 

Gordon Parks Doll Test, Harlem, New York, 1947

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Gelatin silver print | 28 1/4 x 27 9/16 inches

Gordon Parks is largely considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. As a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer, he is best known for chronicling the African American experience in powerful, poetic photographs. “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against . . . all sorts of social wrongs,” he said. “I knew at that point I had to have a camera.”

 

Ian Davis Sophistry, 2018

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Mine, 2018

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Acrylic on linen | 55 x 60 and  54 x 60 inches

Los Angeles-based painter, Ian Davis, challenges uniformity and convention. Each piece has a surreal quality with social masses dwarfed by monumental environments and structures, as his obscure worlds become reflective of our own.

Pieces from Around the Globe

Carlos Rolon/Dzine Irma, 2018

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Hand-cut Silver Mirror on Aluminium | 60" diameter

Zach Harris' work shines within his details, especially within his mirror painting series. “As a child I bore witness to the ways in which immigrant households adapted to new American lifestyles through everyday items. Mirrors, in particular, adorned my family’s domiciles. As a material, mirror allows a makeshift home in Puerto Rico made from cinder block and corrugated metal to seem larger than normal, and creates a grand aesthetic that embellishes the interiors." The mirrors stand as symbols of human adaptation, while also creating beautiful disruptions of vision and space.

 

Pae White Blactic, 2016

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Cotton, polyester and Trevira | 112.20 x 78.74 in

White's photographic tapestry stages what the artist describes as the cotton’s “dream of becoming something other than itself” by contrasting an image of something immaterial with the physicality of fabric. This vision of an ephemeral moment suspended in space transforms an everyday image, smoke, into a seductive and poetic abstract form.

 

Pae White Warm Prowl, 2018

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56 blown mirrored glass bricks | 9.1 x 70.5 x 122.83 inches

Pae White's bricks are hand-casted and inspired from Roman glassmaking culture and shine in a muted brown. As shown in earlier pieces, the artist combines traditional craftmanship and advanced engineering to a technical complex but seemingly simple art sculpture.

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