This one, which is going to feature the work of newly-graduated MFA students, is something I’d like to see. But then, in the details, are things like the prestige of venue, and the million dollar cost.
I’m not sure it’s the direction I want to see. The art world is already so focused on sales, and this is more of the same system that pushes artists to structure work to market preferences.
I get the opportunity to the students, and congratulations to them for getting in on this. But I’d like to see a bigger push to strive for meaning and broad openness in both art and its exhibitions.
photo: work by Sanya Kantarovsky, Modern Art gallery booth, original photo by Mark Blower
It’s nice to see L.A. start to be ever more seriously considered a center for fine art, despite my reservations about art fairs in general. As the population giant of the West, it’s inevitable that thousands of artists make their homes and studios there, with plenty of innovative and alternative ways of seeing and making.
There aren’t that many opportunities to see up-to-the-minute visual art on a vast scale outside art fairs. This is nearly 7 minutes of what it’s like—kind of— to walk around what will be Frieze London 2018. My favorite part is that they let the art do the talking, so you’re hearing what you’d experience in person.
It’s always strange, sometimes humbling, and exciting to see such an overwhelming number of artists represented in a single space.