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18 Fabulous Figurative Sculptures from Frieze New York Online

Paola Pivi, I was born this way, 2019. Courtesy Perrotin


By PAUL LASTER, May 2020

Frieze Art Fair launched its first Frieze Viewing Room with Frieze New York 2020, which is accessible online through May 15. Exhibiting art from more than 200 international galleries, the virtual art fair features work in a variety of media by a lively mix of emerging and established artists.

Find our favorite figurative sculptures being presented - including Paola Pivi’s frolicking pink polar bear - Tom Friedman’s embracing figures in hazmat suits that were originally fashioned from roasting pans, John Baldessari’s four-foot tall penguin that comments on the lack of attention being paid to global warming, Tony Matelli’s witty cast-bronze weed that celebrates the mundane and vulgar, Tom Sachs’ recreation of the Aries-1B lunar carrier from Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tony Tasset’s astonishing Snowman with Coke Can Mouth and Broom, and then use the augmented reality (AR) technology to view the artworks in your own space.

Scroll through the images below to see all 18 of our sculptural picks. WM

Kelly Akashi, Feel Me (Lamina), 2020. Courtesy François Ghebaly

 Tom Friedman, Hazmat Love, 2017. Courtesy Luhring Augustine

 Sari Dienes, 7-Up, 1950. Courtesy Marc Selwyn Fine Art / Pavel Zoubok Fine Art

Otani Workshop, Sleeping Child, 2019. Courtesy KaiKai Kiki Gallery

 Jonathan Monk, Together Again But Always Alone II, 2015. Courtesy Casey Kaplan

Yinka Shonibare CBE, Boy Sitting Beside Hibiscus Flower, 2015. Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery

 Rona Pondick, Ballerina, 1989. Courtesy Marc Straus

Ann Agee, Striped Madonna, 2020. Courtesy P.P.O.W

 John Baldessari, Quack, 2018. Courtesy 50+50 Editions - California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Matt Johnson, 5 Years (July 2002 - August 2007). Courtesy 303 Gallery

 Julian Opie, Mark 1., 2019. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

 Thomas Houseago, Cat I, 2012. Courtesy Xavier Hufkens

Tony Matelli, Weed #533, 2020. Courtesy Marlborough

 Roula Partheniou, Icee Cup, 2019. Courtesy MKG127

 Vlassis Caniaris, Youngster, 1974. Courtesy The Breeder

 Tom Sachs, Aries, 2018. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Tony Tasset, Snowman with Coke Can Mouth and Broom, 2017. Courtesy Kavi Gupta



Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



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