If you’ve ever been to an art fair, this will be of interest and/or funny to you. If you haven’t, you may miss a little bit of something. Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City has a very witty show opening September 8 that features the work of New York photographer Andy Freeberg. The exhibit and collection of photos examine art fairs for what they are: a lot of people standing around oftentimes not even looking at art.
The show is aptly titled Art Fares and features very notable artists, art institutions, and the like just hanging out, unfazed of the art around them. Or, perhaps, they are simply too preoccupied to care about the art. The only photo that does have an engaging moment in art encountering is the one up top, where Chuck Close has a moment with an Andy Warhol soup can. Freeberg’s observational style has focused on art viewing and maintaining before in his Guardians Of Russian Art Museums and Sentry, Gallery Desks In Chelsea series. Fares is the newest and most relatable as these contemporary marvels we’re all aware of are being ignored. There’s a hilarious apathy to these photos that makes you wonder if these people who work in art really are this numbed by these works of art. (I’m sure they are.)
Art Fares isn’t a particularly new body of work but it’s the first time we’ve encountered them and, having been to and been bored at many an art fair, these were particularly refreshing. You can catch the show at Kopeikin in Culver City from September 8 through October 27. There’ll be a reception on the 8th from 6PM to 8PM.