Komal Shah: Top 5 Picks from Frieze Viewing Room
The influential collector selects her highlights including works by Kevin Beasley, Mary Heilmann, Arghavan Khosravi, Gladys Nilsson and Lorna Simpson
Lorna Simpson, Chicago, 2020
Gallery Hauser & Wirth
This body of works superimpose faces from ads in ebony or jet, highlighting a universal stereotype of beauty that these faces confirm to. I remember being very taken with similar works in her show “Darkening” in 2019 at Hauser & Wirth, but this work has already evolved in its painterly punch.
Mary Heilmann, Night Swimmer, 1998
A brilliant colorist, Mary Heilmann pays homage to her two loves - the California coast with its the ultramarine waters and white froth, and music, as in the REM song. Fantastic example of how she captures a place, moment and mood. No wonder she continues to inspire so many artists today!
Kevin Beasley, Untitled, 2018
Casey Kaplan Gallery (main section)
This vibrant, powerful free standing slab incorporates his poignant "ghost" sculptures made from family housedresses, with a visual artistry that is unparalleled. Every side and corner holds a new surprise; and the back is simply stunning.
Gladys Nilsson, Tester 2019
Garth Greenan Gallery
Playful and satirical, with a dense color palette, this work tickles the imagination. Is the woman (in her seat of power) testing the waters? A great example of an ex-“Hairy Who” artist who continues to make incredible work at 80.
Arghavan Khosravi, The Balance, 2020
Rachel Uffner Gallery
I have been watching this young artist solidify her artistic language with a combination of Persian motifs and global politics. I love the clever use of a monochromatic palette and juxtaposition of the paisley collage to sharpen the focus on the tough “balancing act” for women.
Other artists of interest (if I had a top 10) would include: Torkwase Dyson, Kapwani Kiwanga, Carrie Moyer, Harmony Hammond and Maja Ruznic.