ART & DESIGN

Where to Take Selfies at the New York Art Fairs


Walking through the various art fairs open in New York this week, mirrors showed up time and time again. At Spring/Break, Graham Caldwell made a large-scale sculpture with numerous reflective surfaces. Meanwhile at The Armory Show, Anish Kapoor (who designed the famous – and well-photographed – public art piece The Bean in Chicago), created a small, smooth sphere. It’s hard, if not impossible, to resist whipping out your iPhone to snap your likeness – an interesting, ahem, reflection of our time. Are we, as viewers, artwork unto ourselves or simply endlessly narcissistic? In any case, there’s certainly something to be said for the art of the selfie.

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Artwork at Independent. Photo by Felix Kim.

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Graham Caldwell “Moon Jellies,” 2009. Presented by Carolina Wheat and Kelly Schroer. Spring/Break Art Show. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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Vanessa Castro “I Am The Sole Witness Of My Own Delirium Part II,” 2016. Presented by Gabrielle Jensen and Michael Valinsky. Spring/Break Art Show. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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Graham Caldwell “Mirror Box b,” 2016. Presented by Kelly Shroer. Spring/Break Art Show. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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Oliver Jeffers “Self-Portrait on Mirror,” 2014. Presented by Marc Azoulay. Spring/Break Art Show. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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Josh Kil “The Door,” 2015. Spring/Break Art Show. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto “Scimmia in gabbia.” Courtesy of Repetto Gallery, London. The Armory Show.

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Adolf Luther. Courtesy of 401 Contemporary, Berlin. The Armory Show.

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Adolf Luther. Courtesy of 401 Contemporary, Berlin. The Armory Show.

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Anish Kapoor “Alice – Double Circle,” 2014. Courtesy of Lisson Gallery. The Armory Show.

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Claudia Wieser “Untitled,” 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. Photo credit: Matt Grubb. The Armory Show.

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Gustavo Prado, “I Gazed a Gazeless Stare (Measure of Dispersion Series),” 2016. Presented by Marc Azoulay. Spring/Break Art Fair. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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Artwork at Independent. Photo by Felix Kim.

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Ahmet Gunestekin “Encounter Kostantiniyye Series 3” 2015. Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York. The Armory Show.