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Faces of Frieze: Who was at the art fair?

They arrived from New York, London, Berlin and Istanbul. They came to see, to be seen, to buy and to gawk. The art lovers at the inaugural Frieze Los Angeles over the weekend, whether browsing the main gallery tent or Instagramming the outdoor installations on the Paramount Pictures back lot, proved to be as colorful as canvases on the walls. The Times made the rounds, capturing these Faces of Frieze.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Emmett Skyy, musician/designer from Los Angeles attends the
Emmett Skyy
(Carolyn Cole / Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Emmett Skyy, musician and designer from Los Angeles, used “brilliant” to describe the event. “I love the fact that it’s in L.A.,” he said.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Mary Ta, of Los Angeles attends the Frieze Los Angeles on Fe
Mary Ta
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Mary Ta, who owns furniture stores on Beverly Boulevard, was scouting for art for clients. She and her sister, Lisa, both thought the quality of the art was strong. “I’ve been to Frieze New York, and I thought this was better,” Lisa said, adding that outdoor art installations set up on the Paramount back lot gave the show an added dimension.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Tuck Muntarphorn, or London, UK attends the Frieze Los Angel
Tuck Muntarphorn
(Carolyn Cole / Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Tuck Muntarbhorn, an artist from London, where Frieze originated in 2003, was photographed near an untitled Vivian Springford piece from circa 1972 exhibited by Almine Rech Gallery.


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Marcus Paul, a wardrobe stylist of New York, attends the Fri
Marcus Paul
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Marcus Paul, a wardrobe stylist from New York, came to L.A. for the Grammy Awards but extended his trip so he could attend Frieze. " I’m really into art.”

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Gordana Simunovic, of Switzerland attends the Frieze Los Ang
Gordana Simunovic
(Carolyn Cole / Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Gordana Simunovic, originally from Switzerland but now living in Los Angeles, came to Frieze on Friday wearing an installation art dress by Michael Seri.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Destinee Ross, of New York City attends the Frieze Los Angel
Destinee Ross
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Destinee Ross of New York City was in town looking at African American artwork for a client in Detroit. “It wasn’t too big, it wasn’t too small,” she said. “Some fairs can be overwhelming.” Frieze L.A., she said, felt just right.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Caryn Kleinberg of Orange County attends the Frieze Los Ange
Caryn Kleinberg
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Caryn Kleinberg drove up with her husband from Irvine. Her impressions of the show: good art, fabulous people watching. “It’s nice to be able to see that much art without having to drive from place to place.” Favorite artwork: an installation of the late Mike Kelley, “Unisex Love Nest,” which Times art critic Christopher Knight described as wonderfully creepy. “My husband loved the Grateful Dead piece,” Kleinberg said, referring to Mark A. Rodriguez’s installation of thousands of cassette tapes of pirated recordings of Grateful Dead concerts.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Royce Chaffin Morris, age 12, attends the Frieze Los Angeles
Royce Chaffin Morris
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Royce Chaffin Morris, 12, who described herself as chief executive of Larchmont Lemonade, was among a surprising number of children walking the aisles of Frieze Los Angeles (and occasionally being reminded not to touch anything). Her verdict: “I love the use of color.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Berrin Saran, of Istanbul, Turkey attends the Frieze Los Ang
Berrin Saran
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Berrin Saran of Istanbul attended Frieze in fine fashion. She identifies herself as an art writer and collector and — are we surprised? — a hat lover.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--FEB. 15, 2019--Jamie Beardsley, of LA attends the Frieze Los Angeles on Feb
Jamie Beardsley
(Carolyn Cole / Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Jamie Beardsley, another Los Angeles resident checking out Frieze for the first time, said she thought the quality of the show was brilliant. “I haven’t seen such a collection of blue-chip art outside of a museum,” Beardsley said.



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