Six Booths to Look Out For at the Inaugural Frieze Los Angeles
As the inaugural edition of the fair gets underway, here’s a roundup of our favorite booths from artnet's partner galleries.
The debut edition of Frieze Los Angeles opens to VIPs today—and boy, are we prepared. So far. we’ve spoken with fair’s intrepid director, profiled a grip of emerging LA artists, put together a list of concurrent gallery shows, and explored several quirky spaces that embody the spirit of the city’s unique art scene. Now, it’s time to delve into the fair itself, which has set up shop inside a bespoke tent at Paramount Studios. Here are six galleries from artnet’s network that have prepared particularly special booths for the fair. Don’t miss them.
Lehmann Maupin will turn over the keys to its inaugural Frieze LA booth to Shirazeh Houshiary, presenting a new series of paintings and sculptures by the British-Iranian artist. Houshiary paints on the floor, moving around her canvas with a casual choreography while layering swirls of pigment and watered-down acrylic to create a mottled effect. Her sculptures have a similar sensibility, creating gradually undulating forms. Take Lunate (2018), for example: hundreds of glass bricks sit stacked atop one another, each pivoting from the one below it, creating a helix-like figure.
In addition, the gallery will present a newly commissioned installation by Do Ho Suh from his Specimen series.
As usual, David Zwirner’s booth will likely be among the most talked-about at the fair. Harold Ancart, Carol Bove, Oscar Murillo, Josh Smith, Diana Thater, Jordan Wolfson, and Lisa Yuskavage have all made new works for the mega-gallery’s LA presentation, making it more like a gallery show than a typical art-fair booth. And if that weren’t enough, Zwirner will also be presenting work by roughly a dozen other notable names from its stacked roster, including William Eggleston, Isa Genzken, Yayoi Kusama, and Charles White.
Walk by Thomas Dane’s booth and you’ll see a large, custom-built LED screen showing a real-time simulation of the world’s first major oil strike in Texas, symbolized by a flag of black smoke. This is John Gerrard’s 2017 project Western Flag (Spindletop Texas), originally commissioned by the UK broadcasting initiative Channel4. Though, to be fair, Frieze LA is probably not the best place to see the work at the moment. It’s also installed outside of Palm Springs for latest edition of Desert X, on view now.
Elsewhere at the gallery’s Frieze booth will be works by Lynda Benglis, Bruce Conner, and Marisa Merz, among others.
Perrotin heads to LA with an exciting group of recent works by artists on its roster. Highlights include a wavy blue painting by Bernard Frize that stands at nearly eight feet tall; a selenite Daniel Arsham sculpture from his “Fictional Archaeology” series, which depicts an eroded stuffed animal; and a photo-text installation by French conceptualist Sophie Calle, who has a solo show on view now at the gallery’s Tokyo outpost.
Pace is presenting a themed booth dedicated to the relationship between art and technology, and how that relationship has evolved from early experimenters like Alexander Calder and Robert Rauschenberg to contemporary artists and collectives like Leo Villareal, teamLab, and Studio Drift today. The latter group may steal the show (as it has at art fairs past), as its new body of work Materialism (2018)—a project that reduces everyday objects to blocks of raw material—makes its US debut.
Hometown gallery Kayne Griffin Corcoran will present a group of works by roster standouts, including Mary Corse, Paul Feeley, and Kiki Kogelnik. Keep an eye out for a charming ceramic, blob-like sculpture by Ken Price and one of James Turrell’s signature glowing rectangular installations.
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