David Horvitz at Frieze Los Angeles 2020


David Horvitz to Present a New Commission for Ruinart at Frieze Los Angeles 2020


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Frieze and Maison Ruinart announce the second R.U.in.ART Performance, an interactive work entitled Air de LA by Los Angeles based artist David Horvitz. Established in 2019 at the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles, the R.U.in.ART Performance annually invites an artist to realise an immersive experience in the Ruinart Lounge at Frieze Art Fair. The new commission will be presented at Frieze Los Angeles 2020 taking place February 14 to 16 at Paramount Pictures Studios.

Air de LA will pay homage to Marcel Duchamp’s 1919 work 50 cc Air de Paris , in which the artist gifted a glass medicinal phial filled with 50 cc of Parisian air to the US-based patrons Walter and Louise Arensberg.

For Air de LA Horvitz has produced several glass phials, each of which is filled with Los Angeles air. Over the course of the fair Horvitz will hand out the phials to visitors in a performative exchange intended to echo Duchamp’s original gesture to the Arensbergs. In these ways the work celebrates the act of giving, and also alludes to the bubbles in champagne, something imperceptible but ever-present. Each of the phials will be handmade and hand-engraved in Los Angeles, the design will pay close tribute to Duchamp’s original.

The work will also make reference to current ecological conversations. Los Angeles’ high levels of emissions and poor air quality has been worsened by the recent wildfires. Though a natural part of California’s ecosystem, climate change has seen a dramatic increase in the frequency and intensity of wildfires within the state.

“Ruinart has enjoyed close and long-standing relations with the art world. This is not only expressed through its participation in leading international art fairs, but also through its commissioning of renowned artists. David Horvitz performance will echo Ruinart’s commitment to a sustainable future and to the values of craftsmanship,” explains Frédéric Dufour, President of Maison Ruinart.


Frieze Los Angeles

February 14 – 16, 2020

Preview February 13

Frieze Los Angeles takes place 14 to 16 February 2020 at Paramount Pictures studios in Hollywood and is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the second consecutive year.

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