FRIEZE LA 2020
Los Angeles Embraces Frieze as Moment to Promote and Celebrate the Art Across the City
Frieze Los Angeles ushered in its second edition as part of an expanded Frieze Week that celebrated Los Angeles’ art community at Paramount Pictures Studios and throughout the city. Running from February 13 through Sunday, February 16, Frieze Los Angeles brought together galleries, institutions, artists and organizations to encourage and increase the possibilities of arts discovery and patronage.
Pace Gallery and Kayne Griffin Corcoran co-presented an exhibition of work by iconic West Coast based artist James Turrell across both galleries’ booths, including an immersive LED ceiling installation, adjoining to a second booth of four works from Turrell’s Glass series.
James Turrell has dedicated his practice to what he has deemed perceptual art, investigating the materiality of light. Influenced by the notion of pure feeling in pictorial art, Turrell’s earliest work focused on the dialectic between constructing light and painting with light, building on the sensorial experience of space, color, and perception.
With these new pieces, Turrell continues his exploration of technological possibilities combined with sensory practices and gradient colours. Presented in site-specific chambers, the works feature elliptical and circular shapes with a frosted and curved glass surface animated by an array of technically advanced LED lights, which are mounted to a wall and generated by computer programming. The light changes are subtle and hypnotic, one colour morphing into the next. The programme runs on a loop that is imperceptible to the viewer, prompting a transcendental experience. “To some degree, to control light I have to have a way to form it, so I use form almost like the stretcher bar of a canvas,” Turrell states. “When I prepare walls, I make them so perfect that you actually don’t pay attention to them. This is true of the architecture of form I use: I am interested in the form of the space and the form of territory, of how we consciously inhabit space.”
Richard Mosse’s latest project, Ultra, uses scientific imaging techniques to capture the ultraviolet fluorescence of living things within the rainforest. This series examines the ways in which plant and insect life has evolved over millions of years for survival, often by developing forms of camouflage.
Opening with major placements made on Thursday, February 13, sales remained strong throughout the week, with widespread reports of brisk sales, sold out booths and top collector attendance from Los Angeles, United States and from around the world. Launched in 2019, Frieze Los Angeles is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the second consecutive year. The fair attracted 35,000 visitors during its four days at Paramount Pictures Studios, which featured 75 local and international galleries in addition to unique artist commissions as part of Frieze Projects and the Artist Street Fair on the Paramount Pictures Backlot.