Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park

Yesterday, I scored a free ticket to the last day of the Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park. Work displayed in over a hundred galleries worldwide (though mostly European) from contemporary artists was shown, and photography, smoking and dressing pretentiously were all permitted. I donned my long black coat and most lugubrious expression and trudged through the rain to the park. I also brought my little Powershot and recorded my favorites.

Manfredi Beninati

This was the only sculpture on display from this artist, who used resin and acrylic to achieve the melancholic, dreamy melty-wax look.

Martin Westwood

Steel wrought to look like a stencil. The leaves are steel as well, and in his hand he holds a chain strung with little steel people.

John Latham

This piece, titled "God is Great", was pulled from the Tate Britain recently, despite the artist's objections. It features a Quran, a bible and a Talmud divided (not "torn apart", for crying out loud) and mounted in glass. While I can understand the potential for offense involved in defacing religious texts, I didn't even notice what the books were when I stumbled upon the piece at the fair. I just thought it looked cool.

Jason Martin

This is a detail from one of his ginormous abstract oil-on-aluminum pieces. It's fun to watch people exclaim in surprise at the optical illusion his use of brush strokes and color provoke – it's hard to believe they're rendered on flat surfaces. I had to struggle to resist the urge to run my fingers over these paintings.

Allora & Calzadilla

Puerto Rican Artists Unearth One Million Year Old Fax Machine in San Juan.

Thomas Bayrle

I like the concept behind the interlocking foam roads and the little plastic cars, but something about the execution isn't quite fulfilling.

Wang Qingsong

Seeing this Beijing photographer's work has to have been one of the most frustrating experiences of the fair. The signs gave nothing but the name (no medium, no title) and the gallery representatives were very clearly not in the mood to talk to anyone who wasn't a dealer. Fortunately, the internet is more egalitarian.

Alain Séchas

He loves his funny white acrylic cats. (And also his naked green alien ladies, but those are a little less work-safe, you know.
Tags: art, london, photo
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