Within those quieter times the anniversary program, which looked to past instances of the fair and to the future, shone like a pole star. Team Gallery presented a new Arcangel Photoshop gradient work created in response to a 2015 Stanley Whitney oil piece. “There have been these great moments, in five or six of the booths, where you have the artist so energized by the potential collaboration that they have either made work together or actually made new work because of who they were showing with,” said Aaron Moulton, co-curator of the 35th anniversary program booths, whose day-job is as an exhibition programmer at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills
. “It’s not just inventory together that matches well in terms of ideas, but it’s like ideas that are growing together, that’s true cultural production.” Vienna’s Martin Janda
opposite his alter ego
, the source of much controversy at 2014’s Whitney Biennial (Scanlan, a white Princeton professor, produced work as an African American female avatar). Air de Paris
’s highly erotic autobiographical painting opposite small, fetishized bejewelled pieces by her mother
, sent to her daughter in Europe as tokens of devotion.
There was an impressive events program billing big-name museum chiefs including Museum of Modern Art
director Glenn D. Lowry and Miguel von Hafe Pérez, director of the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea. Browsing the booths were European collectors including the Marseille couple Marc and Josée Gensollen, viennacontemporary artistic director Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt, and Hasan Bülent Kahraman, ambassador at large for Contemporary Istanbul. “I’m here trying to see what the new galleries are doing, where the art world is going,” said Kahraman. “It gives me a good idea of Iberian and South American art.”