As a VP of business development at the powerhouse WME | IMG agency (now a strategic partner in Frieze), Peter Knell has a well-honed instinct for identifying new stars on the rise—a skill he also applies to building out his exceptionally prescient personal collection of contemporary art. Here, the veteran spotter shares some of the talent he's looking forward to at this year's NADA New York.
Yoshio is an artist in his late 60s working in Japan (though he spent a stint in Europe in the '70). This quiet work makes me want to know more about him. A discovery, digging up info on this new-to-me artist sent me in a Google hole for an hour—always a good sign. I can’t wait to see this work in person.
I was introduced to Ara’s work through his collaborations with Darren Bader, a friend and brilliant artist who I collect. The object was a strange sculpture in nickel I couldn’t stop thinking about when it was shown at Alex Zachary’s former uptown gallery (what a great space that was!). This work reminds me exactly why I needed to keep an eye on what Ara’s up to
I love this painting. Nikki and I both grew up in Peoria, IL, and our parents put us in touch once we’d flown the nest. I’ve been following her practice ever since and it’s been wonderful to see her work popping up all over town. I need to take you up on that studio visit, Nikki!
Another new to me artist, Bernardo Oritz hails from Colombia. I love the fragile materiality and restraint of his work and I can’t wait to learn more about the stories behind it. It was hard to pick a favorite from Alarcon Criado’s presentation, so I picked two!
This painting is not my style at all, but I can’t stop thinking about it. The title, Pull Yourself Together (New York), says it all and brings to mind the constant pursuit of a normal, suburban-style, domestic situation in a city like this.
Fritzia Irizar is dealing with currency, value, and the object in a way I heavily respond to. This tiny little gem of a work would perfectly align with much of what I collect.