frieze new york 2014

More Than ‘Sell, Sell, Sell’ at P.P.O.W.’s Booth

Sarah Oppenheimer at P.P.O.W. (The New York Observer)

Prepare for a double take while striding past P.P.O.W.’s display at Frieze New York, where artist Sarah Oppenheimer has continued her exploration of architecture by cutting a slanted hole in the wall of her gallery’s booth. “Tons of logistics went into the okay to actually do this,” said Anneliis Beadnell, a director at the gallery. “We built this wall. The fair didn’t build this for us.”

Within the window, Ms. Oppenheimer has embedded a sheet of double-mirrored glass, so passing viewers simultaneously see themselves, and the reflections of people on the other side of the wall and behind them. It’s disorienting—a perfect complement to the dizzying experience of navigating the fair’s VIP hour.  Read More

On View

‘Dinh Q. Lê: Warp, Woof, Zero, One’ at P.P.O.W.

'Witness II,' 2014. (Courtesy the artist and P.P.O.W.)

Any image as famous, and as shocking, as Malcolm Browne’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the first Buddhist monk to immolate himself in Saigon begins as a transparent window to the event pictured, a way for people all over the world to share a terrible momentary experience. But its very fame almost instantly turns it opaque. So Dinh Q. Lê, who lives and works in Vietnam, used Photoshop to stretch this image vertically and then printed it, in color, on a roll of glossy photo paper 150 feet long, as The Scroll of Thich Quang Duc. It hangs down the wall and billows in rolls halfway across the floor, with a rippling path of orange running through the middle of a background of blackish gray. Read More

On View

‘Dotty Attie: The Lone Ranger’ at P.P.O.W.

'The Lone Ranger' (2012–13) by Attie. (Courtesy the artist and P.P.O.W.)

Dotty Attie paints the masks that can’t be pulled off. The found images she plays with simultaneously expose the sexual undercurrents of authoritarianism and social hierarchy and let out their air, resulting in an infinitely variable but strangely flattened libidinal vocabulary. Dominance is the subject, but which way is up? In a context of whips, chains, spanking and naked women, the Lone Ranger, posing in his white cowboy hat with black leather chinstrap next to his white horse in black leather bridle, looks weightless. Read More