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Lurking Limbs, Art You Can Dance With, & Other Trends at Frieze New York


Lurking Limbs, Art You Can Dance With, & Other Trends at Frieze New York
Jonathan Monk at Galleri Nicolai Wallner’s booth

The stirrings of inchoate art movements or just deluded associations made by crazed sleepless journalists? You be the judge. Here's a roundup of art trends we found at Frieze New York, from the eerie proliferation of detached body parts to cracked vases and frolicking artworks. Read on, and see if those Jonathan Monk legs you bought were indeed the sexiest floating limbs on offer in the white tent on Randall's Island. 


Arms, legs... disembodied.... Our explanation? Galleries are embarking on a bit of the art-world equivalent of insider-trading. Just last month, MoMA announced that a much-anticipated Robert Gober retrospective is slated for next year. 

Hank Willis Thomas at Goodman Gallery

A hairy fist pumps through a yellow panel in the Hank Willis Thomas sculpture at Goodman Gallery.

Paul McCarthy at Hauser & Wirth

Paul McCarthyoffers fairgoers a helpful hand at Hauser & Wirth

Hank Willis Thomas Tip Off

Another Hank Willis Thomas sculpture.

Guillaume Leblon at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff

Guillaume Leblon goes the distance at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff

Jimmie Durham at Kurimanzutto Gallery

An extended sleeved pipe by Whitney Biennialist Jimmie Durham is for sale at Kurimanzutto Gallery.

Sanya Kantarovsky at Casey Kaplan
Casey Kaplan presents a pair of spindly legs by Sanya Kantarovsky.

Slavs and Tatars at Raster

An arm rests akimbo along the spine of Slavs and Tatars's sultry blinking book at Raster.

Adam McEwen

An Adam McEwen sculpture... getting a pedicure? 

Shimabaku at Galerie Wien Lukatsch
A pair of rain boots lurk behind a photograph in Shimabaku's sculpture at Galerie Wien Lukatsch.

Vanessa Safavi at The Breeder

The sculpture ("boob bed" was one choice term used by passing art patrons) by Iranian artist Vanessa Safavi at the Breeder isn't made of detached limbs, per se, but you get the idea. 


Jonathan Monk at Galleri Nicolai Wallner

Straddling our sophisticated categories, this kinetic piece by Jonathan Monkat Galleri Nicolai Wallner combines the favorite limb theme and danceability. Bravo! 

Aki Sasamoto 1 at Take Ninagawa

Artist Aki Sasamoto with Take Ninagawa Gallery performed in these office-chair skates at the Kitchen last month. 

Aki Sasamoto 2 at Take Ninagawa

Sasamoto also danced around this cabinet work at the Take Ninagawa stall on Thursday.
 Haegue Yang at Galerie Chantal Crousel

Haegue Yang's moving sculpture at Galerie Chantal Crousel can be driven around, awakening its chorus of bells. 

Isa Genzken at Hauser & Wirth

You could dance with this Isa Genzken sculpture at Hauser & Wirth. And you should.


In case you, Mr. or Mrs. Gazillionaire, needed more house. 

Ugo Rondinone

What a view. Windows by Ugo Rondinone at Almine Rech Gallery were all sold out by Friday. 

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A courteous message found at Lehmann Maupin.  


A Nikolas Gambaroff comic-book wrapped staircase showed at Overduin & Co.

Daniel Turner at Team Gallery Inc.

Team Inc. laid out two giant stainless steal sink-like sculptures by Daniel Turner


Amikam Toren at Jessica Silverman

Jessica Silverman Gallery displayed early work by Israeli artist Amikam Toren.

 Sarah Sze

Broken wine glasses are like little displaced flower vases in Sarah Sze's sculptures at Victoria Miro

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei painted Han Dynasty vases with industrial paint at Lisson Gallery.  

Dan McCarthy at Anton Kern Gallery 
At Anton Kern Gallery's booth, Dan McCarthy's cheery, leery ceramic vases make faces at passing fairgoers.

Josiah Mcelheny at Andrea Rosen

Josiah McElheny shows his cut-out glass vases with Andrea Rosen Gallery.

Los Carpinteros at Sean KellyMade of legos, this hollow sculpture by Los Carpinteros showing at Sean Kelly Gallery could be a vase for like a really, really big bouquet of lego flowers. Whoa. 


Simon Fujiwara at Dvir
Under this biblical looking "Book" at Dvir Gallery, Simon Fujiwara has placed an iPad playing pornography. While you can't see it, you can definitely hear it.  

CT Jasper at Le Guern
Polish artist C.T. Jasper has edited out all human presence in the 1966 film Pharoah by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. It's pretty amazing to find yourself watching this mesmerizing, unpopulated film alone inside of a yurt.

Zoe Leonard at Gisela Capitain

Zoe Leonard, who made the camera obscura on the top floor of the Whitney Biennial, will send the collector an empty vintage blue suitcase marking each passing year of her life. 

Sanja IvekovicArtist Sanja Iveković amends sunglass advertisements to include descriptions of battered women in Croatia. 

Rirkrit Tiravanija
The chalk surfaces of the paintings in Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled 2014 (freedom can not be simulated) at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise remain concealed until you walk through the narrow interstices. 


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