Focus on Frieze

Frieze Week, the crowning glory of London’s art fairs, is here. Comprised of Frieze London and Frieze Masters, the fair offers works from the world’s biggest and most respected galleries, as well as some of the most exciting up-and-coming galleries in this year’s “Focus” section.

For those who can’t make it to London, our editors have compiled some of this year’s biggest trends from the fair. Still can’t get enough? Quench your thirst for collecting with Frieze-inspired works up for offer on Invaluable this month. Read on for a peek at our editors’ fair roundup below.

German Expressionism

Woodblock prints from the German Expressionism group presented by Simon Theobald Gallery at
Frieze Masters 2016

Frieze Masters exhibitor, Simon Theobald Gallery, showed a range of prints from the Die Brüke group, predecessor of German Expressionism. With a focus on woodblock prints by artists of the movement, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel, these examples soon up for offer are bold and expressive, even in black and white. Two works our editors are currently admiring: “Liegendes Kind (Dube V.II 79A)” by Erich Heckel, 1910 and “Die Sonne” by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 1914.

Lot 113, “Liegendes Kind (Dube V.II 79A)” by Erich Heckel, 1910, drypoint and
burnishing with plate tone, Sotheby’s (October 28)

Lot 471, “Die Sonne” by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 1914, woodcut, Lyon & Turnbull (October 26)


Works by Theo Van Doesburg & Bart Van der Leck presented by the Berlin Gallery Ulrich
at Frieze Masters 2016

The Berlin Gallery Ulrich Fiedler presented works by Bauhaus greats like Theo Van Doesburg & Bart Van der Leck at Frieze Masters. True to the form-follows-function guiding principles of Bauhaus, each of the works on display serves a function, which complements its aesthetic appeal. Examples at the booth included stained glass windows by Van Doesburg and a small patterned carpet by Bart Van Der Leck.

Lot 28, Modernist stained glass panel, 1986, Briggs Auction Inc. (October 21)

Inspired by Van Doesburg, our editors recommend this flowing, Modernist take on stained glass. Additional items of Bauhaus and Bauhaus-inspired furniture will also soon hit the auction block, including Marcel Breuer’s Wasily Chair and Thronet tables and the ever-popular chair designs by Charles and Ray Eames.

Left: Lot 490, “Wassily” club chair by Marcel Breuer, for Gebrüder Thonet, designed 1925,
Lyon & Turnbull (October 26); Right: Lot 391, Two early Marcel Breuer for Thonet tables,
Kamelot Auctions (October 15)


“Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation” by Aaron Siskind presented by
Bruce Silverstein Gallery at Frieze Masters 2016

If you were inspired by the 2016 Tate exhibition “Performing for the Camera,” then the series “Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation” by Aaron Siskind, presented by Bruce Silverstein Gallery at Frieze Masters, captures the same exploratory playfulness. A photograph from this series is soon up for offer at Swann Auction Galleries.

Lot 202, “Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation” by Aaron Siskind, 1954,
printed in 1970s, silver print, Swann Auction Galleries (October 25)

Lot 108, “Le Saut Dans Le Vide” by Yves Klein, 1960,
Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles (October 16)

In the same vein, Yves Klein and Harry Shunk’s legendary photomontage, “Le Saut Dans Le Vide” (“Jumping into the Void”), has since been the subject of various reconstructions and evokes the same exuberance seen in Siskind’s work.


Work by Jean Degottex presented by Galerie Meyer at Frieze Masters 2016

Popular French painter Jean Degottex’s minimalist, impactful work was presented by Galerie Meyer at Frieze Masters. The stark simplicity of a line that is both bold and delicate, graphic and painterly, set against the beauty of a canvas that is half exposed make this work a stunning collector’s item. Below, Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis creates a similar effect with bolder, brighter colors in his untitled work.

Lot 47, “Untitled (SF86-065)” by Sam Francis, 1986, work on paper, Auctionata US (October 27)

Lot 253, “Fortin de las Flores, from Jasper’s Dilemma” by Frank Stella, 1973,
lithograph in colors, Phillips (October 26)

Three galleries at Frieze Masters (Marianne Boesky Gallery, Dominique Levy, and Spruth Magers) also presented works by one of the key artists in Geometric and Post-Painterly Abstraction, Frank Stella. Experimenting with illusion and perception, Stella’s non-representational work is widely popular among collectors and interior designers alike. Stella’s “Fontin de las Flores” reflects the research behind some of his best-known pieces.


Sculptures by Eduardo Paolozzi presented by Jonathan Clark Art at Frieze Masters 2016

For fans of modern sculpture with an abstract edge, gallery Jonathan Clark Art dedicated an entire space to the early pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi at Frieze Masters. Paolozzi’s sculptures were heavily influenced by the Brutalist and Cubist movements, with works on paper bridging the gap into more conventional Pop art.

Chanticleer” by Fred Holschuh, 1967, copper and salvaged
materials, Arroyo Artifacts

Above is a similar angular Brutalist sculptural form, “Chanticleer” by Fred Holschuh, made from salvaged materials.

Rethinking the Still Life

“Flowers and People” by teamLab presented by Pace Gallery at Frieze London 2016

Frieze London offered a refreshingly modern take on the traditional floral still life. Pace Gallery, which is committed to facilitating the combination of artistic approaches with digital technologies, presented a range of beautiful and colorful installations. TeamLab’s work, “Flowers and People,” was a four-panel digital display with flowers that mesmerized by moving together and dispersing at random.

Lot 399, “An Homage to Yves Klein, Multicolor C,” “An Homage to Monogold 1960 C,”
“An Homage to Monopink 1960 C,”and “An Homage to IKB 1957 C” by Takashi Murakami,
2012, signed & numbered, Phillips (October 26)

For other contemporary floral works, look to Takashi Murakami, whose “An Homage to Yves Klein, Multicolor C” also consists of four panels of bright flowers in a pop animation style.


Damien Hirst kaleidoscopic collage presented by White Cube at Frieze London 2016

Stalwart of the London contemporary art scene and leader of the Young British Artists, Damien Hirst’s highly coveted works are consistently represented at the best fairs. The above kaleidoscopic collage of fragile pastel butterfly wings was presented by White Cube at Frieze London.

Lot 301, “Psalm: Exaudi Domine” by Damien Hirst, 2009, screenprint in colors
with diamond dust and glaze, Sotheby’s (October 28)

If you’re a devoted Hirst fan, full-color screenprints using diamond dust (representative of Hirst’s love of the lavish) are soon up for offer by Sotheby’s on Invaluable.

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