In deference to the strong gallery scene here in La La Land, Frieze made sure the first two galleries that visitors saw when they entered the tent were Blum & Poe
, one of Los Angeles’s foundational galleries, and David Kordansky Gallery, which has been most closely associated with L.A.’s rise as a world-class art city. While Blum & Poe opted for a group booth to showcase all of its local artists, Kordansky gave the whole booth to one L.A.-based artist,
Here, Andrews chose to investigate gender-based power dynamics, and how they relate to the film industry’s myth-making. The point of entry is the Black Dahlia murder, the grisly killing of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short that remains unsolved. The wall works feature dahlia flowers, while a sculpture uses film props—a German soldier’s helmet, a pig’s head, a woman’s torso—to reference Short’s killing, while also highlighting the objectification of women’s bodies in Hollywood. The work proved to be a hit. By the end of the day, 11 wall works had sold for $40,000 a pop, and a sculpture involving a prop from Terminator 2: Judgement Day sold for $85,000.