Frieze Art Fair London 2015: the Wallpaper* edit

The Frieze Art Fair is a glorious
The Frieze Art Fair is a glorious, awful spectacle and should be treated as such; largely random and nonsensical. But there's still plenty reason to visit; one of which is the work of the young American photographer and filmmaker Ryan Trecartin (Sprüth Magers went big with his new works). Pictured: Sprüth Magers, Frieze Art Fair 2015, installation view.
(Image credit: Kris Emmerson)

An exhaustive review of Frieze Art Fair (opens in new tab) would be, well, exhausting. The fair is a glorious, awful spectacle and should be treated as such; largely random and nonsensical. Here, though, are just three reasons to join the throng.

A definite standout was the London-based Korean artist Do Ho Suh, recently taken on by Victoria Miro in London (though New York’s Lehmann Maupin also shipped in some pieces). He creates neon-bright mesh sculptures and installations of domestic space, fixtures and fittings, mostly his own and built to scale with all their inner workings on view: they are both ghostly presences and pop objects, and striking to look at (iPhones came out in abundance).

Sprüth Magers went big with new works from young American photographer and filmmaker Ryan Trecartin – giving most of their stand’s exterior walls over to his latest digital prints. Trecartin has built a reputation on his psychedelic, cut-up, collaged and darkly comic video art. And it is quite a reputation. The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl has called Trecartin 'the most consequential artist to have emerged since the 1980s'. The stills somehow contain much of the dark energy of the video work.

The art fair open-stand model doesn’t easily allow for showing much in the way of video art but the Simon Preston gallery (opens in new tab), based in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, darkened its stand to show work by the artist American artist Amie Siegel (opens in new tab). In The Architects, Siegel has elegantly tracked her way through the offices of various New York practitioners; in The Modernists, she pulled together archive vintage Super-8 film of a couple of dedicated modern art tourists, dedicatedly touring through the 1960s to the 1980s.

Provenance, meanwhile, is a 40-minute film about the trade in furniture produced for Chandigarh, the Northern Indian city master-planned by Le Corbusier, tracking the trafficking back from wealthy European collectors to the sad, dusty metropolis itself. Her latest film is Double Negative, an elegant study of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy, France (and its exact copy, entirely in black, constructed in Canberra, Australia). Siegel has filmed both in 16mm black-and-white but here shows the reverse, so the Canberra copy is reborn in white and vice versa. Stuck away in a small box in a lonely corner, as far away from the chaotic stands of the mega-galleries, this was the highlight of the show.

collaged and darkly comic video art

Trecartin has built a reputation on his psychedelic, cut-up, collaged and darkly comic video art. Pictured: Leash Fest – Pet Send, Don't Hit, by Ryan Trecartin, 2015. Courtesy Ryan Trecartin, Sprüth Magers, Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

(Image credit: Timo Ohler)

Victoria Miro in London

A definite standout was the London-based Korean artist Do Ho Suh, recently taken on by Victoria Miro in London. Pictured: Victoria Miro, Frieze Art Fair 2015, installation view. Courtesy the Artists and Victoria Miro, London

(Image credit: Robert Glowacki)

Sculptures and installations of domestic space

He creates neon-bright mesh sculptures and installations of domestic space, fixtures and fittings, mostly his own and built to scale with all their inner workings on view: they are both ghostly presences and pop objects. Pictured left: Specimen Series: Basin, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2015, by Do Ho Suh, 2015. Right: Boiler Room: London Studio, 2015, by Do Ho Suh, 2015. 

(Image credit: Courtesy the artist, Lehman Maupin, New York / Hong Kong and Victoria Miro, London)

Simon Preston gallery

Simon Preston gallery, based in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, darkened its stand to show work by the artist American artist Amie Siegel. Pictured: Double Negative (installation view), by Amie Siegel, 2015. 

(Image credit: Courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York)

Double Negative

Her latest film is Double Negative, an elegant study of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy, France (and its exact copy, entirely in black, constructed in Canberra, Australia). Pictured: Double Negative, by Amie Siegel, 2015. 

(Image credit: Courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York)

The Forever Loop

The Forever Loop, by Eddie Peake, 2015. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery

(Image credit: Justin Piperger)

Emissary Forks at Perfection

Emissary Forks at Perfection, by Ian Cheng, 2015. 

(Image credit: Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias)

Zabludowicz Collection

'Jon Rafman', at Zabludowicz Collection, London (installation view), 2015.

(Image credit: Thierry Bal)

Chisenhale Gallery

'Jumana Manna', at Chisenhale Gallery (installation view), 2015. Courtesy the artist and CRG Gallery (New York)

(Image credit: Andy Keate)

Go to Hell or Atlanta

Kara Walker's 'Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First', at Victoria Miro (installation view), 2015. 

(Image credit: courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London)

More Sweetly Play The Dance

William Kentridge's 'More Sweetly Play The Dance', at Marian Goodman Gallery (installation view), 2015. 

(Image credit: Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery)

Binary Function

Oscar Murillo's 'Binary Function', at David Zwirner (installation shot), 2015. 

(Image credit: Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner)

Rachel Rose at Frieze Projects

Rachel Rose at Frieze Projects, 2014

(Image credit: Plastiques)

Fieldwork

Ryan Gander's 'Fieldwork', at Lisson Gallery (installation view), 2015. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London

(Image credit: Jack Hems)

South London Gallery

Thea Djordjadze's 'Ma Sa i a ly e a se – de', at the South London Gallery (installation view), 2015. Courtesy Sprüth Magers

(Image credit: Andy Stagg)

INFORMATION

Frieze Art Fair (opens in new tab) is on view at Regents Park, London, until October 17.