Maestro Dobel Artpothecary
Frieze LA takes over the City of Angels from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20. Los Angeles will be rife with artistic excellence and cultural celebrations, so we’ve gathered up some of the exhibitions and events going on outside and inside of the fair that you have to check out. See more below.
Website | 422 S. Alameda St. 90013
Artsy and The KNOW Contemporary are celebrating the debut of group exhibition BLACK with an opening reception on Feb. 16, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. The first 100 people to arrive and show proof of having the Artsy app will receive a free Artsy swag bag with a book by co-curator Charles Moore. BLACK runs Feb. 16-20 and examines the various ways artists use the eponymous color to convey intriguing visual concepts. Featured artists include Patrick Alston, Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Knowledge Bennett, Lindsey Brittain Collins, Ryan Cosbert, Kim Dacres, Muna Malik, Ashanté Kindle, Ronnie Robinson and Paul Anthony Smith.
Website | 926 N Sycamore Ave. 90038
The Parisian fragrance brand opens its first American boutique just in time for the renowned art fair. As its first U.S. flagship store, Ex Nihilo Sycamore will bring together typical codes of Saint-Honore Street and a pure Southern California vibe.
Website | 740 N Fairfax Ave. 90046
On Feb. 16-17, Prada Mode will take over Genghis Cohen to present to Los Angeles its traveling social club that provides members a unique experience with a focus on contemporary culture. Transformed by Martine Syms, the Fairfax restaurant-venue will house “HelLA World,” an interactive text and video installation that encourages guests to contribute messages, gossip, status updates and musings.
Puiforcat Exclusive Trunk Show
Website | 915 N Sycamore Ave. 90038
Coinciding with Frieze’s kickoff and running through April 1, Puiforcat will unveil pieces dating back to the 1920s, including a hand-selected catalog of creations by master silversmith Jean Puiforcat. The selections offers collectors the opportunity to own a piece of Puiforcat history.
Saya Woolfalk Live Installation
On Feb. 18, contemporary artist Saya Woolfalk will debut an original live art installation, bringing to Los Angeles her known multimedia exploration of hybridity, science, race and sex. The installation is in collaboration with Yieldstreet Art and Phillips and, in particular, being brought to life by Rebecca Fine, Yieldstreet’s head of art, finance. In an attempt to bring down the barriers that have historically existed in the art market, Fine is committed to creating spaces for diverse artists and interactive experiences around blue-chip art.
Tree of Life
Website | 737 S Longwood Ave. 90005
From Feb. 15 to 17 (10 a.m.- 4 p.m.), the Bridge House in Hancock Park will host Verdi’s sustainable Tree of Life for an experiential installation at Dan Brunn’s eco-friendly oasis.
Usukiyaki: The Art of Ancient Pottery
Website | 8775 Beverly Blvd. 90048
Boffi Los Angeles presents a husband-wife duo displaying the ancient art of Japanese pottery. From Feb. 15-19 (11 a.m.- 5p.m.), witness an exhibition of Japanese heritage and how it translates into the kitchen with a tea ceremony to follow. By appointment: [email protected]
Amia Yokoyama & timo fahler
Curated by Amanda Hunt, Stanley’s will present new works by Amia Yokoyama and timo fahler as part of the fair’s “Focus” section. Featuring new stained glass works, fahler expands on his 2021 exhibition, “light, first and foremost.” Meanwhile, Yokoyama will present new sculptural figures — creatures that inhabit all parts of her practice, including sculpture, drawing and video.
Stephen Friedman Gallery will present works by British Grenadian artist Denzel Forrester with a solo booth. Ahead of his two museum shows in the U.S. next year, Frieze attendees can witness his paintings, which pull influence from his childhood in the West Indies and the dynamic energy of the reggae and dub nightclub scene in 1980s London.
Maestro Dobel Artpothecary
As the official tequila of Frieze, the creators of the world’s first Cristalino are putting on a creative platform that celebrates contemporary Mexican art and hospitality of Los Angeles. The Maestro Dobel Artpothecary will present the final iteration of “The Fruit Chemist,” a sensory bar experience inspired by Mexico’s traditional apothecaries in which rare and unique Mexican fruits are paired to complement the spirit brand’s tequilas. What’s more, Artpothecary creative director Alejandra Martinez and Maestro Dobel are highlighting the best of Mexican artisanry, featuring Mexico City contemporary design studio ATRA FORM and designer Alexander Diaz Andersson. Andersson aims to invigorate the immersive Fruit Chemist-inspired space through his aesthetic design elements, furthering the Artpothecary’s mission to be a true champion of modern Mexico.
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