With the scope of art fairs like Frieze New Yorkwhich presently houses the work of over 1,000 artistsit can be easy to get lost in the dizzying displays or overwhelmed by the Instagrammable moments. Further, it’s easy to miss the subtle power of less ostentatious pieces. When exploring the myriad of gallery stands, the refined organization and depth of work at UK gallery Timothy Taylor‘s install quickly settles all unrest. The show is a joint presentation by the gallery’s contemporary art and master programsand it represents a broad swath of international artists. From eleven mixed media works of Antoni Tpies produced across twenty years to Gabriel de la Mora’s 2016 piece “T-29 i / 29 d,” composed of 29 pairs of discarded vintage stereo speaker cases, there’s much to admire.
According to art dealer Timothy Taylor, who founded the gallery in Mayfair, “The four artists we brought to Frieze really chose themselves around the subject of collage: Tpies as the great master, Shezad Dawood, Gabriel de la Mora and Josephine Meckseper for how they each employ the same idea.” He continues, “One of the late period works that links Tpies to these living, contemporary artists shown alongside shows an artist, now deceased, with a very current and contemporary point of view. It ties Tpies as a master to the younger fellow artists shown at the fair.” Taylor is referring to Tpies’ “Quadrat negre amb matria,” a mixed media on wood work produced in 2002, that’s visible in the stand (and in the above photo).
Already, Tpies’ “Esfera Negra” has sold and, as is the benefit with art-loving fair attendees, this might be the only opportunity to see such a piece before it enters private ownership. Another stand-out, artist Josephine Meckseper has four collages of Gouache on paper on view, as well as FILMTRACT NO. I’ (2015). The latter is a large-scale piece comprised of acrylic sheeting, acrylic paint, tape, and vinyl all within a patinated, blackened aluminum frame. Places beside her Gouache pieces, the depth of her vision reveals itself. Further, Meckseper’s new book, “10 Minutes After,” debuted in conjunction with the fair at Chelsea’s Printed Matter. Published by Timothy Taylor and Sternberg Press, “10 Minutes After” catalogues some of the artist’s most important work.
Rounding out the artists, London-based Shezad Dawood’s 2015 video work “Three Arrangements for Annabel and Cello” delivers an emotive visual and sound landscape, peppered with charactersliving and other. There’s well-utilized nudityoften seen in silhouettethanks to an articulate performance by model Annabel Hornsby. Images repeat, sequences warp, and it keeps the gaze throughout.
Timothy Taylor Gallery is situated at stand B49. Frieze New York runs now through 8 May at Randall’s Island Park.
Images courtesy of Timothy Taylor Gallery