BEST IN SHOW: FRIEZE ART FAIR 2013

May 12, 2013  |  art

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Like all art fairs—aka: the new clearinghouses of the art world—you're always lucky if 10% of the work on display is good. You're really lucky if that 10% is great. And so it was at this year's annual art summit known as Frieze Art Fair that 10% just happened to be excellent. From blue chip legends like Paul McCarthy, George Condo, and Jeff Koons to antiheros like Barbara Kruger, Daniel Arsham, and Raymond Pettibon, there was no shortage of incredible work on display throughout the exhibitions expansive acreage (and a lot of junk to boot). Here's a brief look at some of this year's best of the best:

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Paul McCarthy's epic riff on Jeff Koons greeted visitors

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Saint Clair Cemin's sculpture hammered home the point

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Doug Aitken's mirrorball homage to "Art"

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Tom Friedman's giant pizza sculpture was a showstopper...

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...while his giant Hostess platter made for epic eye candy

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Tracey Emin felt the love

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A mini McCarthy was a lot more affordable

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Daniel Arsham's epic life-sized sculpts made with over 500 lbs of shattered glass

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Arsham's movie projector made from volcanic ash and crushed glass

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A George Condo masterpiece

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Raymond Pettibon

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Andy Warhol Skull from 1976

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Barbara Kruger in top form

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Dan Colen's human hamster wheel spoke volumes...

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...as did his Whoopie Cushions it was about to squash

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Anish Kapoor

Bajarne Melgaard
Bajarne Melgaard's blanket room installation kept the kids busy

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A beautiful Thomas Houseago

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Yoshitomo Nara

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A trio of Jeff Koons mega sculptures

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A psychedelic Ryan McGinley

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Nick Cave sound suit

Jonathan Monk Taro Nasu gallery
Jonathan Monk's Guggenheim-headed Vader

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Linder Sterling

Mathieu Mercier
Mathieu Mercier

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Jim Lambie

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More George Condo goodness

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Steve Bishop "Crossed" trainers

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Parting Shot...

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