My Highlights from Frieze London 2014

Michael Maharam
Oct 8, 2014 10:36PM

Auction catalogs are incredibly heavy. I often bring mine on the airplane…the last frontier of isolation and concentration, even if the subject in question is the latest iteration of Anchorman. I play a game, which I think should be a standard course of study for art majors. I build my fantasy collection, tearing pages and circling lots. If this was a real course, one would be given a budget, constraints and directives. My collection is unhindered by such practicalities. It is also devoid of intellectual pretense, academic validation, and fussy adjectives doing backflips. It is “informed by” nothing. It is based purely on object value…what I like, regardless of pedigree, fashion, the judgment of others or investment value. I have applied this same methodology to this exercise for Artsy. Of course one would like to believe that names do not matter, but they do, so inevitably one cannot help but be influenced. Call me impressionable, but I do like John Baldessari (especially his hair) and Liza Lou (especially her name), so I’m willing to suffer the occasional high-profile exception. Here is my Artsy/Frieze fantasy collection, and it certainly isn’t easy to choose 12 among these thousands. Whatever might be said about art, there’s no denying that, all else aside, it offers something for everyone.

My Selection: 

Liza Lou, Silver Lined Lavender Divide, 2012-2014, at White Cube 

Daniel Senise, Itahye, 2007, at Vermelho 

Shreyas Karle, diagram for standing bare feet in the sun, 2014, at Project 88   

John Baldessari, Noses & Ears, Etc.: Blood, Fist, And Head (With Nose And Ear), 2006, at Mai 36 Galerie    

Angelika KrinzingerAmbras # 17, 2014, at Galerie Krinzinger

Waqas Khan, Ohne Titel, 2013, at Galerie Krinzinger

Jonas Wood, Green Plant Clipping, 2014, at David Kordansky

Ed van der Elsken, Belgie (Twins), 1968, at Annet Gelink Gallery

Martin Kippenberger at Galería Juana de Aizpuru 

Andreas Eriksson, Content is a Glimpse #33, 2014, at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Heidi Bucher, Untitled, Undated, at Freymond-Guth Fine Arts Ltd

Manuel Espinosa, Untitled, 1975, at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Albert Oehlen at Galería Juana de Aizpuru

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