Special Exhibition, Color and Production curated by Libby Sellers was presented on Frieze Viewing Room during May 2020
This May Collective Design partnered with Frieze New York to present the fair’s first exhibition dedicated to design, entitled ‘Color and Production: From the Atom to the Void’, launched on the Frieze Viewing Room beginning May 6.
Collective Design’s special presentation was uniquely experiential, focused on telling the story of how technological developments have influenced the use of color within the fields of art and design, from pre-industrial times to today. Curated by the London-based writer, historian and curator Libby Sellers, the show was presented in a series of chapters - Mapping, Matter, Material - that illuminate the materials and processes at hand / involved.
The online showcase featured unexpected and compelling pairings of art and design, presenting textiles, furniture and objects alongside painting and sculpture, from both historical and contemporary makers. The works ranged from an Illuminated Manuscript from ca. 1500 to contemporary objects addressing our reliance on petrochemicals.
Key designers and artists represented included Hella Jongerius, Josef Albers, Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, Martino Gamper, Ettore Sottsass, Gaetano Pesce, Bertrand Lavier, Bruno Munari and John McCracken, to name just a few. The exhibition has also commissioned pieces straight from the studios of James Welling, Cody Hoyt, Sabine Marcellis, Formafantasma and Tanya Aguaniga.
Contributing international design galleries included Friedman Benda, Galerie Kreo, Giustini Stagetti, Volume Gallery, Adrian Sassoon, Donzella, Urban Architecture, Hostler Burrows, Established & Sons and Gabrielle Ammann. Artworks have been provided by Bortolami, Andrew Kreps, Ingleby, Massimo De Carlo, Sean Kelly Gallery, Leon Tovar, Alfonso Artiaco, and David Zwirner.
Learn about the theories and perspectives on color that inform contemporary practice (Bruno Munari Fontana a Ronda)