Quiz: You’re at a Fair and Everyone’s Wearing Masks. Can You Recognize These Art-World Mainstays From the Tops of Their Faces Alone?

It's one of the gravest challenges facing the art world today.

Can you recognize these art worlders with their face masks on? Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.
Can you recognize these art worlders with their face masks on? Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

As the art world descended (via limited reserved time slots) upon the Shed for Frieze New York, art lovers found themselves facing a new challenge: recognizing friends and colleagues wearing protective face masks.

Whether or not you’re venturing to Frieze this year, you’ve probably found yourself similarly tested when running into someone for the first time since the start of lockdown. It can make networking, the raison d’etre of the art industry (right after money), quite a challenge.

The mask does offer a helpful excuse in the event that you’ve straight forgotten that old coworker whose name you can’t recall—who hasn’t been there?—but it certainly makes recognizing distant acquaintances you actually like all the more difficult.

With that in mind, we’ve got a challenge for you: can you recognize these art-world V.I.P.s from the tops of their faces alone?

Good luck!

Photo courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Photo courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

 

 

 

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Hank Willis Thomas. Yvonne Force Villareal. Amy Sherald. Max Hollein. Jeff Koons. Ai Weiwei. Lisa Phillips. Thelma Golden. Klaus Biesenbach. Photo courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Hank Willis Thomas. Yvonne Force Villareal. Amy Sherald. Max Hollein. Jeff Koons. Ai Weiwei. Lisa Phillips. Thelma Golden. Klaus Biesenbach. Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Adam Weinberg. Antwaun Sargent. Teresita Fernández. Barbara Gladstone. JR. Mera Rubell. Kehinde Wiley. Laurie Simmons. Larry Gagosian. Photo courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Adam Weinberg. Antwaun Sargent. Teresita Fernández. Barbara Gladstone. JR. Mera Rubell. Kehinde Wiley. Laurie Simmons. Larry Gagosian. Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Helen Toomer. Howard Rachofsky. Takashi Murakami. Bernard Lumpkin. Peter Marino. Rashid Johnson. Shirin Neshat. Jiajia Fei. Ceclia Alemani. Photo courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Helen Toomer. Howard Rachofsky. Takashi Murakami. Bernard Lumpkin. Peter Marino. Rashid Johnson. Shirin Neshat. Jiajia Fei. Ceclia Alemani. Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

 


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