The 2022 Frieze Art Fair officially kicked off this week at a new location in Beverly Hills. Guests from all over the world picked with extra vigor after last year’s fair was canceled due to the pandemic.
The fair was bursting with life and what a first fair director Frieze Los Angeles Christine Messineo described as a “celebration of the city”. The festivities brought together artists, collectors, designers and curators, as well as the newly formed BIPOC Exchange, which invited Los Angeles organizations from marginalized communities, including People’s Pottery ProjectLas Fotos Project and Tequio Youth/MICOP, among others, to share and discuss projects inside the Wilshire Garden at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
There was not a moment when each of Frieze’s three tents was not overflowing with attendees, who strolled through the fair with exuberance and excitement to be together, in the midst of art, after such a long interruption. The fair will continue until Sunday.
Artist, curator and director of Storage Art Gallery, Onyedika Chuke was thrilled to meet other artists at Frieze LA and see the work of other black artists at the fair. Chuke lives in New York and travels frequently to attend art events.
darling squire, a Chicago-based choreographer, arrived at Frieze 2022 looking sharp. A first-time attendee, Squire says they were drawn to the art fair to “network, meet people and learn about the art scene.”
Sharon Coplan Hurowitz, independent curator and founder of Coplan Hurowitz Art Advisory, arrived at Frieze wearing a Jeremy Scott Moschino safari dress inspired by the popular Yves Saint Laurent version. It comes equipped with a full arsenal of storage pockets, which Hurowitz found perfect for carrying useful accessories during the fair, such as a brush. “I work in the art world, so I was excited to come back after a two-year hiatus, and I also have to say time has brought me here,” Hurowitz said. “It’s the art, the weather and the people – in that order.”
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Aleali May designs shoes – Nikes to be exact. She collaborated with the shoe brand to create the popular “Fortune” Air Jordan 14. “I’m the first woman to release a unisex sneaker.” CornYes. “Obviously the girls love the brand, so it’s pretty inevitable that this will happen.” This year, she’s attending Frieze LA in hopes of learning more about how design and fashion can converge to form new creative ventures.
New York-based curator and gallerist Destinee Ross-Sutton is no stranger to the art world. This is the third time she’s attended Frieze LA, and she’s been making a point of attending the east coast interpretation of the art fair in her hometown for five years. Sutton enjoyed the overall “energy” and “life” of the Los Angeles fair this year, as well as several intriguing pieces by Charles White.
“I thought it was amazing,” says Tinie, an artist and musician from Frieze LA. “I have been to Frieze in London many times… [Frieze L.A. is] much smaller than the one in London, but still great.” Tinie found the portraits created by Kehinde Wiley particularly striking; they remind him of the next series he is working on for BBC One, ‘Extraordinary Portraits’.
Peter Dundas of fashion brand DUNDAS had the opportunity to design apparel for the 2022 Super Bowl, including the boots and gloves that Mary J. Blige wore during the halftime show in Los Angeles. After the Super Bowl, he stayed in Los Angeles to attend Frieze Week. Dundas and his partner, Evangelo Bousis, are newbies to Frieze but have frequented shows in Europe and Miami.
James Cohan owns an eponymous contemporary art gallery in Manhattan, New York, which is a hub for art, painting, video, installation, photography and sculpture. He came to Frieze this year so he could meet other industry players and share the contributions of the artists in his gallery.
Marcus Paul, who describes himself as a “collector and fan of the arts”, was happy to attend Frieze Los Angeles for the third time and to “solidify” his relationships with galleries. In particular, he appreciated the work of Carlos/Ishikawa, Danielle McKinney and Marianne Boesky at the fair.
Michael Silverberg decided to attend Frieze with his family this year to discover pieces by Camille Henrot and other contemporary artists whose works he collects. This is the first time he has attended the art fair. It seems fellow contestant Leah Silverberg is also glad they stopped.
Traveling to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, New York, Zurich Deleon was eager to support Tariku Shiferaw’s work as an assistant at Silver Arts Projects. Deleon felt “overwhelmed” by the amount of stuff to watch on Frieze’s opening day, but loved the experience.
Karolina Dmowska works at Culture Works, a company that collaborates with Frieze partner NeueHouse (and invited her to attend the event). She took note of the number of artists artfully reusing materials and making original works.
“Honestly, I’m so happy that Frieze LA is back after two years away,” she says. “I was lucky to be part of the team when it launched in 2018.” Watching Frieze grow and thrive has been, as she puts it, “a real pleasure.”
Joline Nehoray, co-founder of Beverly Hills Lingerie, was quickly drawn to Anish Kapoor’s “Golden Mirror.” It resonated with her in a way that other plays had failed to do. She was invited to the fair by her future mother-in-law, a devoted art collector.
As casting and creative director, Tyler Adams of South Central Los Angeles arrived in Frieze LA to represent a client and “see what different galleries” came to present at the fair this year. He caught up with some friends inside the tent, where he was taken by a piece of Takashi Murakami which he thought was “really cool”.
Little Wonders is one of a series titled “One of Those Black Boys”, by artist Tariku Shiferaw. The series explores the making of physical marks, or the surface marks of a painting, as well as the making of metaphorical marks which Shiferaw describes as “the way society” leaves a mark, in addition to “who is allowed to leave. A brand”. Shiferaw explains that these marks mean important things in his life, like “black diaspora, rap and hip-hop, jazz, blues, Afro-beat” – things he sees himself in. This is the first time that Shiferaw has shown his work at Frieze.
Photographed from behind, Olivia Rawnsley looks at a painting by Bob Law. Three years ago, Rawnsley, associate director of the Thomas Dane Gallery in London, visited Frieze Los Angeles for the first time. For her, coming back for the first time since then has been “wonderful”.