Allied Editions: Linda’s Picks

Linda Yablonsky selects her favourites artists’ editions available at the fair

Taking part in Frieze New York for the first time, Allied Editions is a collective of non-profit institutions offering visitors the opportunity to purchase affordable artworks by prominent artists.

Nairy Baghramian, Snags, 2013
Cast aluminum, paint, dimensions variable, series of 12|

I have no idea what to call this  other than art  but that’s why I like it. I’ve been curious about Baghramian’s sculpture for some time. It has an arresting visual presence and clearly is related to the human body  particularly, somehow, the female body  but in a disembodied way. It’s strangely sexual. And it comes in decorator colors without being the least bit decorative. I could while away many hours staring at it, touching it, and moving it around to see how it affects its surroundings. Definitely a keeper!

Nathalie du Pasquier, Trapezio, 2017
Silkscreen print on Colourplan, 50 x 50 cm, edition of 50 Signed and Numbered
Camden Arts Center

I like this print, for some of the same reasons I would go for the Baghramian sculpture. It’s mysterious. It seems to represent a specific object or environment  it could be chair, a table, a building  or something entirely else. Even a profile. But the composition is just off-balance enough to acquire a personality.

Sarah Morris, Metropolis, 2017
Silkscreen on Coventry Rag Paper, 61 x 61 cm, edition of 38 Signed and Numbered
Swiss Institute

I’m a fan of this artist’s films. They capture the inner lives of cities through the movements of citizens within a built environment that dictates those movements. I’m a city dweller, so I can relate. The image romanticizes street life, really, but the life of the street, and its look  particularly after dark  but it also captures a pulse. It isn’t easy to depict. But I can feel it.

Linda Yablonsky is a writer based in New York City USA, and the author of The Story of Junk