August 20 2014

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Frieze Frame


Artist Banks Violette’s massive graphite and gloss canvas at Team Gallery’s Frieze Art Fair booth says, “I would rather be killing my family.” But Valentino, Elle Macpherson, Gwen Stefani, Daphne Guinness, Tom Ford, Courtney Love, and the other attendees at the opening of the ninth Frieze seemed happy to mingle and peruse the art instead.

Even though sales are steadily increasing after the recession, frugality has replaced fashion as a dominant theme for the work on view. There are fewer references to pop culture and luxury, and a more low-tech crafty feel from work like LuckyPDF’s live radio broadcasts, Franz West’s enormous, roughly knotted phallus sculpture at Gagosian, and Dan Colen’s massive chewing gum canvas at Peres Projects Berlin. Mark Hix’s packed on-site canteen contained “credit crunch ice cream,” a conceptually rich dessert of vanilla and chocolate scoops mixed with gold honeycomb and topped with chocolate sauce, half the price of other puddings at just £4.50.

The fair’s most popular participant, however, was an industrious red hermit crab who dutifully carried a replica of Constantin Brancusi’s serene Sleeping Muse sculpture on its back, while navigating through Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium in the Frieze Projects section. The delight this recontextualization of iconic art gave viewers was reflected in Lily Cole’s summation of the Frieze experience while at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise stand, “Fairs or galleries, I really care less about the context,” she said. “I just love looking at lots and lots of good art.”

Photo: Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

may we have your attention, please?


Gardar Eide Einarsson often spells out powerful political slogans and flaunts an activist attitude in his black-and-white, simple image- and text-based sculptures, paintings, wall installations, and neon signs. But his most furious stance is against the easy assumptions and quick reads of the subcultures he references. In New York City, he is represented at the hyper-hip Team gallery. But for “No Chaos, Damn It!” the Norwegian artist returns to the Standard gallery in his native Olso. “I think art functions with its own attention span,” Einarsson revealed on the occasion of a previous show. “Rather then set up a hierarchy between reading and experiencing the work, I have attempted to work in a way where a conscious relationship between these reactions can open up possibilities for different meanings within the work.” A host of controversial messages in Einarsson’s art might be boldly written. But really, they all say the same thing: Pay attention!

Photo: Gardar Eide Einarsson, courtesy of Standard gallery