Our dear friend, Mary Hammon Lee, has shared with us her experience at the latest Frieze Art Fair in NYC where she saw some incredibly impactful contemporary art. Art is such an integral part of interior design and has been the source of a large amount of our design inspiration. Mary Hammon has picked out a few of her absolute favorites from the fair that outline the true talent and unique styles that each artist had to offer.
The Frieze Art Fair originated in London in October 2003, and compliments the Contemporary auctions that take place there every October. Frieze New York was launched in 2012, alongside the May New York Contemporary auctions.
Taking a ferry to the fair’s luxury tent on Randall’s Island is half the fun. The people watching is equally entertaining. But, best of all, the art!
I’ve outlined a few of my favorites below.
I first encountered the work of Uwe Kowski at Frieze’s London outpost back in October 2013. It continues to dazzle me, and it’s become even more vibrant. His work can be purchased through Galerie Eigen + Art in Berlin and Leipzig.
I was particularly excited about the representation of female artists in this year’s fair. Salon 94 showcased Marilyn Minter and Laurie Simmons. If you haven’t already had the pleasure, run – don’t walk! – to see Minter’s show at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (on view through August 2nd).
Works that incorporate weaving and embroidery were also highlighted throughout the fair. Some of my favorites: Sheila Hicks (at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.), Ghada Amer (at both Tina Kim Gallery and Cheim & Read), Ann Cathrin November Høibo (at Carl Freedman Gallery) and Ruth Laskey (at Ratio 3).
In other unique media, I was excited to see Nick Cave’s Soundsuit, a collection of toys and sequins, and ’s work comprised of leaves and other natural elements.
Unlike the auction results we can access with the push of a button, pricing at fairs is not readily available to the public. That said, price points can range from $15,000 into the multi-millions.
Speaking of auction results, Christie’s and Sotheby’s saw a combined total of over $1.2 billion in Contemporary art sales the week of May 11th. In addition to that total, Christie’s also launched a brand new sale on May 11th titled Looking Forward to the Past. The sale included major Modern and Contemporary works of art and achieved $705,858,000 in a single evening. Not too shabby.
Thanks so much Mary, we’re already feeling inspired by some of the wonderful pieces you’ve highlighted! Keep the art blogs coming, we always love sharing your insight on the latest updates in the art world.
As for the design world, be sure to stay up to date on our latest inspirations by following us on Pinterest, and let us know who your favorite contemporary artists are!
Until Next Time,