In the wake of the Frieze Art Fair in New York, we tried to make sense of the overwhelming amount of mirrored objects, food sculptures and shelving units masquerading as art. We don't know about you, dear readers, but we find the emperor's new clothes effect to be highly troubling.
Last year, we questioned the readymade resurgence at Frieze, and this year we're asking similar questions about the state of the art world. There were, of course, some wonderful works on view at the fair this year -- Cornelia Parker's flattened teapots made us want to tug their strings and Gavin Kenyon's furry, grotesque blobs at Ramiken Crucible made us shudder -- but in the slideshow below we want to take aim at the works that made us apoplectic with rage.
As the art market soars and artists and galleries cash in on ridiculous trends, Andy Warhol's line rings true for many: "Good business is the best art." But as the artist Alex Katz told Jerry Saltz in New York Magazine, "Weak people are corrupted by money. If you're strong, you're after something else."