With renewed exuberance, Frieze Los Angeles and Felix Art Fair opened their doors last week; the first in sprawling tents in front of the Beverly Hilton hotel, the second in the corridors of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. Frieze, an acclaimed contemporary art fair that also visits London, New York and (for the first time this year) Seoul, showcased a stunning array of work. Felix, a Los Angeles-only institution that taps into the unexpected, presented thought-provoking pieces in curious places. Despite their differences, the themes unified the two, with fantasy landscapes being one of the most imaginative. The following paintings, which have been seen in both salons, bring new worlds to life.
Shara Hughes at Frieze
Presented by London-based contemporary art gallery Pilar Corrias, Shara Hughes’ lush painting “The Last Glance Back” (2021) immersed viewers in Frieze. The otherworldly image, a large-scale oil and acrylic on canvas, bears the characteristic splendors of Brooklyn-based Hughes.
Eliot Greenwald (left) and Robert Zehnder (right) at Felix
Both seen at Félix, these two works embody a mythical and transporting landscape painting. On the left, seen at Harper’s Gallery (which has locations in East Hampton and Los Angeles) is the transformed linear perspective of Eliot Greenwald’s ‘monument/sand’ (2022); On the right, a detail of one of Robert Zehnder’s warm and wonderful works, “They Row and They Spiral” (2021), made of colored pencils on paper, was discovered on the walls of the Mrs. Gallery in Queens, New York.
Dylan Solomon Kraus at Felix
Although New York-based visual artist Dylan Solomon Kraus has named this brilliant blue oil and pigment on linen “Interior” (2022), the power of the image comes from the implication of a cloudy exterior. Presented by Berlin-based Peres Projects, the painting balances structure and imagination.
Roger White at Felix
Seen at Los Angeles-based Grice Bench as part of the Felix Fair, New York artist Roger White’s “Picnic, Shiba Park” (2021) features the unexpected – a sperm whale – amidst this which would otherwise be a landscape populated by picnickers (the mathematician Yutaka Taniyama and his fiancée). It is the tone of this oil on canvas creation that makes it so surprising.
Ayako Rokkaku at Friesland
In Frieze, a solo presentation by Ayako Rokkaku by Berlin’s König Galerie contained six continuous canvases, tying together a lush, floating landscape worthy of dreams. The breadth of the artist’s work is surpassed only by his colorful attention to detail.
Images of David Graver’s respective works