M aka Michael Chow's Favourite 5 Works on Frieze Viewing Room

The renowned restaurateur, interior designer and former actor shares his top picks from the Frieze Los Angeles 2022 edition, including sculpture by Louise Nevelson and painting by Thomas Houseago

in Frieze Los Angeles , News | 16 FEB 22

From an intimate drawing by Georg Baselitz to work by Julian Schnabel, "one of the most innovative painters of all time", M aka Michael Chow picks five of his favourite works from Frieze Viewing Room.

Louise Nevelson
Seventh Decade Garden I, 1971

directed-welded, painted aluminum
Presented by Pace Gallery

One of the most underrated American artists in the male-dominated realm, now it's her time. She once noted, “Most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it’s a painful, difficult search within.” At Pace Gallery, I chose her 1971 sculpture painted in monochromic black, made with aluminium mimicking wood.
 

Louise Nevelson, Seventh Decade Garden I, 1971 directed-welded, painted aluminum. Presented by Pace Gallery
Louise Nevelson, Seventh Decade Garden I, 1971 directed-welded, painted aluminum. Presented by Pace Gallery. ©2022 Estate of Louise Nevelson/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andy Warhol
Dollar Sign, 1981

Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
Presented by White Cube Gallery

When in doubt – buy Andy. This $ dollar sign painting is a good choice, especially against recent inflation, LOL. 

Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign, 1981 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas 20.08" x 15.94" (51 cm x 40.5 cm)
 Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign, 1981 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas 20.08" x 15.94" (51 cm x 40.5 cm). © the artist. Courtesy White Cube.

Thomas Houseago
EMDR Vision (Part I - Leeds), 2022

Acrylic on canvas
Presented by Xavier Hufkens

Not all great painters can sculpt and not all great sculptors can paint, however, there are exceptions –Thomas Houseago can execute both well. At Xavier Hufkens Gallery there are new series of paintings which are current works of Thomas Houseago.

Thomas Houseago, EMDR Vision (Part I - Leeds), 2022 acrylic on canvas, Xavier Hufkens
Thomas Houseago, EMDR Vision (Part I - Leeds), 2022, acrylic on canvas, 274.3 x 182.9 x 5.1 cm, 108 x 72 x 2 in. Courtesy: the Artist and Xavier Hufkens

Julian Schnabel
The Parade Begins and the Parade Ends (for Reinaldo Arenas) II, 2020

ink on Japanese paper mounted on canvas
Presented by Galerie Max Hetzler

Julian Schnabel for me is one of the most innovative artists of our time. 

JULIAN SCHNABEL, The Parade Begins and the Parade Ends (for Reinaldo Arenas) II, 2020 ink on Japanese paper mounted on canvas
Julian Schnabel, The Parade Begins and the Parade Ends (for Reinaldo Arenas) II, 2020 ink on Japanese paper mounted on canvas. Courtesy of Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Paris, London

Georg Baselitz
Ohne Titel, 2021

Red ink on paper
Presented by Thaddaeus Ropac

All drawings are intimate, this ink on paper drawing at Thaddaeus Ropac is a classic jam by Georg Baselitz. When you hang it, hang it upside down. LOL.

Ohne Titel, 2021 Red ink on paper Presented by Thaddaeus Ropac
Georg Baselitz, Ohne Titel, 2021. Red ink on paper. 25.98" x 20.08" (66 cm x 51 cm). Photo: Jochen Littkemann. Copyright: © Georg Baselitz. Courtesy Thaddaeus Ropac gallery

About M Aka Michael Chow

M aka Michael Chow was born in 1939 into a family of theater in Shanghai, China. His father Zhou Xinfang was the grandmaster of Beijing Opera.​ At the age of 13, he moved to London, UK. In 1956, he studied at Saint Martin’s School of Arts and the following year at the Hammersmith School of Building and Architecture. ​He founded his first restaurant, MR CHOW, on Valentine’s Day 1968, in Knightsbridge, London. 

After a fifty-year sabbatical, M re-ignited his passion for painting. In 2015, his solo show “Voice For My Father” exhibited at the Ullens Center Museum for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China, followed by Power Station Museum in Shanghai, China. In late 2015 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “Voice For My Father” was conceived as a homage to his father.

About Frieze Viewing Room

Frieze Viewing Room is a free digital platform, connecting global audiences with Frieze's galleries and artists.  

Opening to all from February 15 – 20, the Viewing Room offers fair visitors a preview of the wealth of gallery presentations coming to Frieze Los Angeles 2022, as well as the chance for audiences around the world to experience and acquire the artwork on show.

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