Miranda July's Favorite Works from Frieze Los Angeles Viewing Room 2023

The filmmaker, writer and artist selects her top picks, from Sadie Barnette’s moving photograph of friends in her dad's gay bar, to Adriano Costa’s work that inspires dreams of Cartier luxury

in Frieze Los Angeles , News | 09 FEB 23


Angry Bitch, 2021

Oil and ink on canvas

152.4 cm x 182.88 cm

$ 10,000

Presented by Sow & Tailor

Yellow painting of dog sketched in black
Sensie, Angry Bitch, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Sow & Tailor

I have a lot of trauma around barking dogs that we can get into another time, so what’s up with me heading straight to these brushstroke, stalactite jaws? No doubt the black and yellow pulled me in, longtime fan of that couple, but also the title, Angry Bitch, probably caught me off guard — it’s not barking at me; it is me.

Huma Bhabha

A Thousand Faces, 2021

159.4 cm x 49.5 cm x 49.5 cm


Presented by Xavier Hufkens

Sculpture of a head
Huma Bhabha, A Thousand Faces, 2021, 159.4 cm x 49.5 cm x 49.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Xavier Hufkens

Punch me in the face Huma, all my thousand faces. My response is a keening noise, eeeeEEEEE from some terribly hurt place in my chest, followed by a big UH! Also makes me think of when you kiss a face and have the urge to smear it – sometimes I want to rub a lover’s features with the palm of my hand until they get archetypal like this. 

Sadie Barnette

Eagle Creek III, 2021

104.1 cm x 83.2 cm x 4.4 cm

Edition 5 + 2AP


Presented by Jessica Silverman

Photo of a photo of a group of friends
Sadie Barnette, Eagle Creek III, 2021

courtesy the artist and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco

I’m guessing the snapshot is vintage from the SF gay bar operated by her dad annnnnd the tears are already jumping to my eyes — not just because this overlaps with my own Bay Area youth but any kind of father-daughter mutual pride plus safe queer space…help! I’m a goner. But to be clear: I first paused because of how the bodies are interlocking; follow the arms…who is hugging who? Whose arm is that? Have you ever hugged like this? I’ll answer that: no. It’s a set-up I’d like to re-create with all different kinds of bodies, make it viral like a TikTok dance. Worthy of roses.

Adriano Costa

Landscape - Red Sun, 2022

Mixed media

41 cm x 51 cm x 5 cm

Under $10k

Presented by Mendes Wood DM

Cartier bag with sewing and pompom decoration
Adriano Costa, Landscape - Red Sun, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Mendes Wood DM

Cartier: luxury, but at a level I can relate to – just the bag. I have a lot of these bags that seem valuable in-and-of-themselves and whatever I put in them feels more lux: Gucci melatonin, Miu Miu hair gel…but a Cartier landscape? Yeah, the most luxurious timepiece is the big, fat, red sun. Shoelace hills. I love it when something is almost nothing; that’s the road to immensity. 

Fiona Connor

Untitled #48 (417 E Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015), 2021

Cast resin, paint

122.5 cm x 145.5 cm x 2.5 cm

$ 21,000

Presented by Maureen Paley

Fiona Connor artwork of blank frame
Fiona ConnorUntitled #48 (417 E Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015), 2021. Cast resin, paint. 2 elements: part 1: 122 x 64 x 2.5 cm, part 2: 122.5 x 81.5 x 2.5 cm (MP-CONNF-00015) Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

I google-mapped the address in the title and got this pict below — a similar empty frame (?!) I’m a sucker for this kind of fiction that takes you into the real world, like remember that book Masquerade?? Which ostensibly could lead you to actual gold rabbits hidden around the world. Cheesy book, this piece is much better because it suggests the gold rabbits are everywhere, in every neighborhood, anyone can have them. 

Google maps
Google Street View, 417 E Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 2023

About Miranda July

Miranda July
Photo courtesy of Miranda July

Miranda July is a filmmaker, writer and artist. 

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