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FRIEZE LONDON '17

FRIEZE HIGHLIGHTS TOP FIVE GALLERY BOOTHS

Frieze art fair was in full effect at London’s Regent Park for it’s 15th edition last week. One of the biggest art events on everyone’s calendar brought together culture, feminism and historic contemporary practice.

In a huge white tent filled with well-groomed ladies and gents, mummy clubs pushing prams together and of course let us not forget the star spotting collectors were all under one roof.

Although many serious stories were told from a cut out of Angela Merkel by Goshka Macuga to Maryam Jafri’s soul-searching journey, there was still plenty of fun

So here are some of the highlights from Frieze London 2017.

 

GALERIE ANDREA CARARTSCH

Betty Tompkins

BETTY TOMPKINS (*1945) Fuck Painting #5, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 213 x 152.5 cm 84 x 60 in. COPYRIGHT: GALERIE ANDREA CARATSCH, ST.MORITZ

BETTY TOMPKINS (*1945) Fuck Painting #5, 1972 Acrylic on canvas 213 x 152.5 cm 84 x 60 in. COPYRIGHT: GALERIE ANDREA CARATSCH, ST.MORITZ

Correcting the gender balance this years fair opened its sex work section, paying its respects to radical feminist artists. One of the nine artists featured was the photorealist painter Betty Tompkins. Exhibiting two paintings from her historical series was Galerie Andrea Carartsch.

Known for her 1960’s ‘F*** paintings’ of explicit sexual imagery of the female body, her work resulted in censorship. Hidden away for years, her detailed works of intercourse were now viewed by thousands.

 

DAVID ZWIRNER

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons Gazing Ball (Giotto The Kiss of Judas), 2015-2016 Oil on canvas, glass, and aluminum 65 1/2 x 65 x 14 3/4 inches (166.4 x 165.1 x 37.5 cm) © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

Jeff Koons Gazing Ball (Giotto The Kiss of Judas), 2015-2016 Oil on canvas, glass, and aluminum 65 1/2 x 65 x 14 3/4 inches (166.4 x 165.1 x 37.5 cm)
© Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York

Jeff Koons was always going to be a Frieze highlight. Presented by David Zwirner who definitely selected all the right things for their Frieze booth, gathered a big crowd throughout the event.

Reigning as the man sculpting toys, household items and expensive goods, this time round he repainted a Giotto masterpiece featuring a perfect blue ball.

 

SHANGHART

Liang Shaoji

Image courtesy of ShanghART Gallery / 1.Chains:The Unbearable Lightness of Being/Nature Series No.79 链:生命中不能承受之轻/自然系列 No.79Polyurethane colophony (hollow), iron powder, silk, cocoons 2003 ~ 2007

Image courtesy of ShanghART Gallery / 1.Chains:The Unbearable Lightness of Being/Nature Series No.79 链:生命中不能承受之轻/自然系列 No.79Polyurethane colophony (hollow), iron powder, silk, cocoons 2003 ~ 2007

A bright white booth sitting close to the entrance draws you instantly. There are hanging chains and tiny little sculptures of beds wrapped in silk. It’s the work of 72-year-old Liang Shaoji who applies the medium of silkworms truing them into sculptures and videos.

Breeding silkworms since 1989, Liang Shaoji monitors their response reacting to things like dirt, metals and glass. Visitors to his booth were connected to his universe of nature fusing together art and science.

 

PILAR CORRIAS

Mary Reid Kelley

Frieze London 2017, Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 5 - 8 October 2017, Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery. Photo credit: Damian Griffiths

Frieze London 2017, Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 5 - 8 October 2017, Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery. Photo credit: Damian Griffiths

Mary Reid Kelley quite literally exposed split characters at the Pillar Corrias booth. Exploring a fictional story from America’s

World War two as multiple personas, the scene was set from the artist’s upcoming film. The cartoonish installation showed bunk beds, props and costumes made by the artist.

 

LECHMANN MAUPIN

Lee Bul

LEE BUL Untitled (Willing To Be Vulnerable - Velvet #8 DDRG10NB), 2017 mother of pearl, acrylic paint, acrylic panel, dried flower, pearl-printed self adhesive sheet, and collage on silk velvet 41.26 x 54.72 x 3.66 inches (framed) 104.8 x 139 x 9.3 cm Courtesy Studio Lee Bul and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong LM26129

LEE BUL Untitled (Willing To Be Vulnerable - Velvet #8 DDRG10NB), 2017 mother of pearl, acrylic paint, acrylic panel, dried flower, pearl-printed self adhesive sheet, and collage on silk velvet 41.26 x 54.72 x 3.66 inches (framed) 104.8 x 139 x 9.3 cm Courtesy Studio Lee Bul and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong LM26129

The leading Korean artist Lee Bul shared her work for the fine eyed at the Lechmann Maupin booth. Expressing her ideas through film, paint and sculpture, her work is best described as a enchanting experience.

It’s very hard to understand at first glance, because you do not really know what you are meant to be looking at. But that’s what grabs you, the fact that this canvas in front of you is so mixed up with dried flowers, silk velvet and human hair you are wildly free to think.

Words by ROSA DERE 

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