Now that the craze for Frieze is over, I would like to share with you my top 5 from the international art fair that ended last weekend. I went there for a relaxed stroll among contemporary trends, my third time in a row. I have to admit that I didn’t see anything particularly groundbreaking, so I am considering skipping next year’s edition. You know, just to give the creative juices time to flow again…
Anyway, as I love many media within the chaotic world of contemporary art, here is my ‘stretched’ podium, which features a range of works not all necessarily conceptual.
1) What: John De Andrea’s Cierra, 2003, at Galerie Perrotin.
Why: Perhaps the most controversial work of this edition, given the comments you could hear and the number of people gathered around it. A sculpture, not an installation, which also caused troubles to quite a few Instagramers, because of the nudity.
2) What: Yan Pein-Ming, Tigre blanc, 2015, at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Why: I loved the brush strokes: powerful and yet harmonious.
3) What: Tracey Emin, My Favorite Little Bird, 2015, at Kukje Gallery Seoul/Tina Kim Gallery, New York.
Why: I found this work quite intimate and elegant, especially considering some of her previous pieces.
4) What: Anish Kapoor, Untitled (Storm Grey), 2015, at Lisson Gallery.
Why: One of those mesmerizing experiences that only Kapoor can conceive. It looked like it could suck you in and keep you trapped in another dimension forever.
5) What: Takashi Murakami, 11 – Dimensional Presence, 2015, at Blum & Poe.
Why: As for many of his works, you just can’t ignore them: they truly call you. Beyond superflat.
I’ll see you in 2017, Frieze.