Art & Design

The Best Works for Taking #ArtSelfies at Frieze

Art & Design

The Best Works for Taking #ArtSelfies at Frieze

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If selfies are a genre—“the most prevalent popular genre,” according to critic Jerry Saltz—then art selfies must be a subgenre, where populist impulses rub up against elitist ambitions, and where insta-documentation meets a yearning for a future self, less be here now and more Sotheby’s here later.

More so than Nada or the Armory, Frieze is an art fair for collectors, the fragment of the one percent who invest in ingenuity even during a recession—you know the expression, when the going gets tough, the rich get Gagosian. But collectors, along with their dealers and consultants, saw the fair early on Thursday, before the unwashed masses, and by the time the weekend rolled around, Randall’s Island was full of the aspirational class and people taking what’s known as an #artselfie.

Mirrored and other highly reflective surfaces make the best art selfies. An added bonus is if the piece of art has a distorting fun house mirror effect. Anish Kapoor’s stainless steel sculptures, presented by Lisson Gallery, were a selfie favorite for the fairgoers who found them, but they were hidden away in a labyrinthian corner while other works, like the massive egg-shaped stainless steel and PVD coated Head, by the artist known as Not Vital, was more optimally placed near a busy thruway.

 Two other #artselfie favorites were the Jeff Koons-inspired 15 Breaths, a bronze and gold-plated sculpture of stacked balloons by South Korean artist Gimhongsok, and Sylvie Fleury’s Ken Price homage titled Eternal Wow on Shelves. The crowds taking selfies around both invited comparisons between the masturbatory impulses of self-referential contemporary art and the masturbatory impulses of people instagramming. But far more obnoxious than the people taking selfies were the individuals who felt the need to assert their understanding of these references to Koons and Price, hoping to impress their companions with how super smart and cultured they were.  So if you’d like to show your instagram followers how super cute and cultured you are, there’s still one more day of Frieze #art #artsy #artlover.