Grimes gets into the groove at the James Turrell party BFA
There was a battle of the art bashes earlier this week when White Cube and Pace galleries hosted their Frieze Week LA parties on the same night, drawing an impressive mix of pop stars, movie icons and art world royalty (naturally). White Cube guests such as the singer Usher and the UK aristocrat Lady Victoria Hervey thronged the corridors and hallways of the historic hotel, the Chateau Marmont, marvelling at the entertainment including a marching band from Compton High School. Meanwhile, the Pace party, nestled in the San Vicente Bungalows, garnered collective laughter when the gallerys chief executive Marc Glimcher took to the mike twice, after he “fucked up” the first time, forgetting to namecheck Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery (both dealers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support James Turrells Roden Crater in northern Arizona). Although White Cubes Marmont party was packed to the rafters, the celeb-to-pleb proportion was much higher at Pace/KGCs soiree in the San Vicente Bungalows, with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio mingling in his baseball cap, pop star Grimes playing the deck—later visited by her billionaire beau Elon Musk—and the presence of the tennis superstar Maria Sharapova. Game, set and match to Turrell.
Leilani Huggins of Pretend Plants and Flowers with a lei wrapped in tea leaves Nancy Kenney
Smells like entrepreneurial panache
An idealistic spirit reigns at Friezes new backlot artist street fair, where politics and philosophy inflect the entrepreneurial pitches of artist-run enterprises. Gyopo, a coalition of diasporic Korean art professionals, is hawking Shigenobu Twilight, tiny bottles of fragrance mixed by the conceptual artist Anicka Yi and enclosed in white resin skirts with a mushroom motif. Gyopo says the strong scent, which morphs depending on the wearer, is meant to challenge traditional notions of femininity. Artists for Democracy is selling “Dose Trump” bumper stickers, colourful “democracy mugs” and sets of ten silkscreen prints with political messages, all with the goal of getting the vote out this autumn. (“Make America Again,” Lisa Anne Auerbachs signed print implores.) And Pretend Plants and Flowers is offering a mix of fresh, dried and faux blooms, including a real flower lei in a traditional Hawaiian tea-leaf gift wrapping. “Its about the space between things that look real and things that look fake, and knowing whats what,” says the company founder Ezra Woods, who describes his venture as strictly “uncynical”.
Landon Wiggs's contribution to the fundraiser for High Desert Test Sites Nancy Kenney
Frieze really rocks
Like the inspirational Chinese objects known as scholars rocks, every stone in an offbeat display at Frieze Los Angeles has a distinctive je ne sais quoi. Each of them has been painted, adorned or otherwise manipulated by an artist, and all are for sale to online bidders, with the goal of raising money for the non-profit California arts organisation High Desert Test Sites, founded by Andrea Zittel. The auction began last weekend but gained momentum when the little rock stars made their fair debut in the backlot on Thursday. The artist Pam Lins decorated a rock to resemble what might be a schnauzers face, while Landon Wiggs attached his rock to a tiny toy car; Jim Kanters declares “NO I WONT,” with the letters outlined in yellow sand. “Im in love with this,” declared one fairgoer, Farhad Farman, admiring a rock encased in cling wrap by the artist Gerald Clarke. He let out a sigh. “Inverted pleasure.”
Would Miss Ellie approve? Vaginal Davis's makeover of Barbara Bel Geddes Courtesy of Vaginal Davis and Adams and Ollman Gallery