The standout booth among them (and perhaps the fair’s best-curated overall), by Berlin’s PSM
Gallery, shows an almost completely monochrome white group of works by Awst & Walther
, Paolo Chiasera
, Daniel Jackson
, and Anca Munteanu Rimnic
. By the VIP preview’s end, owner Sabine Schmidt reported selling two works from Awst & Walther’s series of “Biometric Paintings,” which, characteristically for the Welsh-German duo, take on systems of state- and socially-developed control over our bodies and actions, here represented by the artists’ thumbprints layered a seemingly infinite number of times in acrylic over the round canvas surface. Three of the duo’s edition of six street bollards cast in clear glass are also presented in the booth.
PSM also sold two wall-based works by Munteanu Rimnic, whose ceramic carpet forms the booth’s focal point. Pulling from the Romanian artist’s roots—her mother was a painter and textile designer, her father a designer for the government, working primarily with glass and ceramics—the work mimics a pattern typical of the country’s kilim rugs in 206 ceramic pieces. However, in place of the traditionally colorful hues that populate those patterns, Munteanu Rimnic has glazed each piece in bright white, as if performing an erasure of their folkloric significance.
Schmidt and the other gallerists in her proximity benefit from one particular change to the fair layout, which sees Art Cologne’s VIP lounge placed along the back wall of the third floor such that even the most traditional of collectors are pushed through a host of cutting-edge contemporary works on their way for more champagne—or, as is the custom in Cologne, Kölsch.