As Phaidon's weather-making group publisher, Deborah Aaronson supplies the brains and taste behind the company's acclaimed art and photography books—as well as its interior design and fashion titles, and children’s books too. In other words, she has quite the well-honed eye. Here are her favorite works from this year's edition of EXPO CHICAGO.
I love that these handcuffs are made from precious wood. The tension between wanting to break them and fetishize them is palpable.
This is made of bronze. BRONZE!
This sculpture reminds me of that 109-year-old man in Australia who knit tiny sweaters for penguins to protect them after oil spills. I like that the pigeon is disguised, transformed, and comforted all at once.
Are those figures the “Three Men”? What’s going on with all those frogs? Is that a Bundt cake? This painting mystifies me—in a good way.
Chantal Joffe’s portraits seem to dip their toes into the grotesque while remaining resolutely and sympathetically human.
It’s difficult to take your eyes off her—she glows.
Sol LeWitt strips away everything from his paintings but the essentials—it’s always an elegant result.
This banana is so angry.
At age 61, when many people contemplate moving to Florida, May Wilson ditched the suburbs and moved to the Chelsea Hotel where she began the amazingly incisive and funny “Ridiculous Portraits.”
This painting has a pulse.