AJ Girard's guide to Frieze Los Angeles 2022
The notable curator and educator in the LA art scene, shares his must-see galleries, shows, and more
Thursday 17 February 2022 By AJ Girard
With Frieze art fair taking over Los Angeles this upcoming weekend, we spoke to curator, arts educator and art historian, AJ Girard, about his list of must-see shows, exhibitions and galleries at Frieze LA 2022.
Alfonso González Jr
Alfonso González Jr
Alfonso González Jr at Matthew Brown LA gallery
This is top of my list outside of the fair and I’m excited to explore the world through Alfonso González Jr’s lens. González Jr elevates elements of our lives into fine art spaces like no one else can. This is a show that should not be missed.
Gabriella Ruiz’s Futurition at Anat Egbi
Gabriella Ruiz’s solo show, Futurition, is an inviting space to reconsider the body as a site for fantasy and imagination. Her awe-inspiring work was included in both iterations of my group show, Shattered Glass, featuring work from 40 international artists of colour. Ruiz combines surveillance cameras within her work, inviting viewers to become both spectator and centered within her work.
Noah Davis at the Underground Museum
The late Noah Davis created a powerful legacy for alternative ways of creative space making. He and his wife Karon occupied former store fronts in Arlington Heights and manifested a gorgeous utopia of hope and possibilities. The Los Angeles art scene has an opportunity here to sit with the creative work and space of an icon gone too soon.
Diedrick Brackens at the Craft Contemporary
Artist and weaver, Diedrick Brackens, works at his loom intentionally and carefully, reinterpreting southern aspects that are both familiar and ask for deeper inspection. His show at the Craft Contemporary is a small example of what the power of art can do. He reimagines and refreshes our perspectives with daily routines and the materials we believe have one utilitarian function.
Felix Art Fair
Felix is a contemporary art fair cofounded by Dean Valentine, Al Morán, and Mills Morán. This year’s fourth edition will take place from 18 February to 20 February at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I like to support galleries as they grow in reputation; it’s exciting to discover new talents and spaces in fairs adjacent to Frieze. Also, if you’re collecting, it’s a great place to be introduced to artists’ careers you can support and watch.
Jonas Woods at the David Kordansky Gallery
Jonas Woods is a light for artists and curators growing up in the Los Angeles scene. His work is collected and shown in large institutions across the globe, but he maintains a personality of a local artist, constantly supporting and championing emerging artists. Woods’ painting language is vivid and filled with life. I feel at home in his work. He truly is a staple in the Los Angeles art community; his vernacular is of today. See his solo show at the David Kordansky Gallery.
Jack Shainman Gallery
At Frieze, I’m excited to see what new perspectives the larger galleries present. It’s amazing to be able to experience galleries I’d normally have to travel to. I’m very excited to hear from Jack Shainman Gallery and Karma from New York. David Kordansky and Various Small Fires are some local favourites.