Highlights from Frieze New York

In case the New York art world was starting to get a bit weary because they hadn’t hosted a contemporary art fair in a two whole months, Frieze returned for its sophomore edition this past weekend. Under a deluxe tent on Randalls Island, 180 blue-chip galleries from all over the world brought the cream of the crop from their rosters of artists. And according to an article by Katya Kazakina on Bloomberg, it was well worth the trip. Sales within the art market have continued to soar, and Frieze proved to be no different. Kazakina references that Hauser & Wirth quickly sold 40 small versions of the gigantic puppy outside by Paul McCarthy for $25,000 each, as well as works by Rashid Johnson and Matthew Day Jackson, ranging in price from $90,000 to $175,000. Luhring Augustine sold out its Tom Friedman-devoted booth in the first hour and a half. David Zwirner sold a huge batch of Thomas Ruff photographs on opening day, all priced between $7,000 and $95,000. And they weren’t the only ones (read more here).

But whiles sales might be the most important goal for dealers at an art fair, the choice to participate is also spurred by brand awareness, maintaining an aura of prestige, and to have personal interaction with buyers. For myself, an art fair is  an opportunity to survey the range of incredible contemporary art being made across the globe today. Below are some of my top picks from the fair, but you can browse my entire photo album on facebook.


Simon Hantai at Paul Kasmin Gallery


James Nares at Paul Kasmin Gallery


Tsuruko Yamazaki at Take Ninagawa


David Benjamin Sherry at Salon 94


Pae White


Valeska Soares at Galerie Fortes Vilaca


Vik Muniz


Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth


Fred Tomaselli at James Cohan Gallery

The Armory Show and the ADAA Art Show: Highlights & Pictures

Art week in New York City is coming to an end, and I must say I was impressed with what I saw. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show, which now has to battle with Frieze to lure the international contemporary buyers who prefer to come to New York only once a year to do their art shopping. Up to the challenge, galleries brought their A-games, and were consequently rewarded with great sales (all here say, of course). The bad weather during the first half of the fair may have kept potential shoppers at bay, but the clouds cleared for a beautiful weekend—leading to heavy traffic at booths across the city. A few favorite pictures from The Armory Show and the ADAA Art Show are below, but to see the full albums, head to my facebook page (and if you haven’t “liked” it yet, do so now!)

Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson, 2013 at Galerie Nathalie Obadia @ The Armory Show


James Nares, In Three Words, 2012 @ the Armory Show


Angelo Otero @ The Armory Show


Shinichi Maruyama, Nude #4 and #6, 2012. Bruce Silverstein Gallery @ The Armory Show


Brice Marden, Han Shan Exit, 1992 (complete portfolio) at Susan Sheehan Gallery @ the ADAA Art Show


Louise Lawler, Marie + 90, Marie + 180, Marie + 270, 2010/2012 at Metro Pictures @ the ADAA Art Show


Sigrid Sandstrom @ the ADAA Art Show


Happy 4th – Art Edition

Happy 4th of July! As promised, let’s honor Independence day by looking at some patriotic art!

From top left (by row): Josef Albers, Jasper Johns, Piet Mondrian, James Nares, Caio Fonseca, Paul Feeley, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Dan Flavin, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe

James Nares for Coach

Was anyone able to get their hands on a James Nares for Coach bag? The recent collaboration resulted in five limited edition tote bags covered in the artist’s trademark brushstroke paintings, most frequently made in a single brushstroke “recording a gestural passage of time and motion across the canvas.” Priced at $798, the luxurious tote bags are made of made of double-layered Italian canvas trimmed in vachetta leather. Only 175 of each were made – and they flew off shelves. There are still a few available in green only on Coach’s website – so if you are as in love as I am you better act fast!


The complete collection


My favorite (pink, of course)


An enviable living room featuring one of Nares’ paintings


The artist in action