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Artists go bumper to bumper at Frieze with auto-themed works

Chris Burden, How to Shrink L.A. (1999), Gagosian David Owens

Detroit might be Motor City but Los Angeles is the true home of the American automobile, its streets famously thronged with traffic and its air filled with the sweet smell of smog. And galleries at Frieze Los Angeles have been getting into the spirit of things, putting their pedals to the metal with car-themed works. Gagosian is in pole position with its entire stand dedicated to all things auto: a Chris Burden drawing called How to Shrink L.A. (1999)—where the artist suggests people drive at 250mph to ease congestion—is the inspiration behind the stand, which includes a life-size car sculpture by Richard Prince ready to drive off the lot. And before you tire of car-related puns, fasten your seatbelts and let us chauffeur you around the fair. Its going to be a bumpy ride.

Jaime Muñoz, LA Commute (2020), The Pit David Owens

Jaime Muñoz, LA Commute (2020), The Pit

The Pit Boys and their toys. Car culture is alive and kicking with this pimped-up painting of a Toyota truck, which is a “recurring motif” in the works of Jaime Muñoz, says The Pit gallery director Adam D. Miller. The car is perceived as a symbol of value and desirability by young Latinos, Miller adds, and the Pomona-based artist often restores trucks in his spare time. The acrylic painting, finished with flocking and glitter, sold for $9,000 to a local Los Angeles collector during the fairs VIP preview on Thursday.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets (1978), Sprüth Magers David Owens

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets (1978), Sprüth Magers

The boom in availability of the car during the mid-20th century dramatically altered how cities were laid out and created new urban spaces, such as the underpass. In the late 1970s, Senga Nengudi choreographed a “shamanistic, ritualistic” performance under a freeway underpass in Los Angeles with performers including David Hammons and Maren Hassinger in elaborate headgear. Fittingly, the work was funded by the California Department of Transportation. The photographic series, in an edition of five, is on sale for $50,000, and there has been interest from a Los Angeles museum, according to Andreas Gegner of Sprüth Magers. “It would be great for it to stay here in LA,” he adds.

Alvaro Barrington, The Story of Coming (2020), Sadie Coles David Owens

Alvaro Barrington The Story of Coming (2020), Sadie Coles

Your ride is not the only thing that you can pimp with a blinging rim. The Caracas-born artist Alvaro Barrington assembled this work in situ before the fair opened, adding the Rolls-Royce wheel as a nod to car-loving Los Angeles. Sadie Coless stand has been entirely given over to the artist, but this work has already been snapped up by a foundation for an undisclosed sum, according to the gallerys sales director Lieselotte Seaton.

Corita Kent, left (1967), Kaufmann Repetto David Owens

Corita Kent left (1967), Kaufmann Repetto

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