Sean Kelly (With Kehinde Wiley Painting). This Image Courtesy Andy Freeberg. All Other Photos By Gail.
Andrea Meislin Gallery is currently hosting a fun exhibit which will be especially enjoyed by those that have experience with and an appreciation for the inner workings of the art business.
In Art Fare – Photographer Andy Freeberg’s second solo exhibition at the gallery – Freeberg continues his longstanding investigation of the junctions where art and people intersect. Roaming through international art fairs with his camera, Freeberg’s gaze pauses on the oddity of human behavior and frames the small moments in life as dramatic events.
Quick and skillful with his lens, Freeberg captures what is most often overlooked; gallery workers setting up booths, dealers on their phones ignoring their colleagues or interacting with artists and collectors, and the sheer exhaustion of working at contemporary art fairs.
In a conversation with art historian W. M. Hunt, Freeberg says that he “found the lighting, the costumes, and set design excellent for photographing these living dioramas where the art world plays itself.” It is definitely fun to realize that these photos were not staged in any way.
Art Fare gracefully offers an ironic look at the way in which the art world practitioners perform their assigned roles. It is a witty and subversive body of work that contemplates on the performance aspect of the art market. Freeberg’s ability to recognize moments and construct them as thoughtful compositions presents both his aesthetic and psychological sensibilities.
Art Fare by Andy Freeberg will be on Exhibit Through August 8th, 2014 at Andrea Meislin Gallery, Located at 534 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.