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Curated by Venus Lau, the section is dominated by Chinese new media artists.

Frieze Viewing Room Los Angeles Devotes New Section to Digital Art

Lu Yang, DOKU - Hello World - Facial Capture Documentary (2021). Single channel video, 3 min 2 sec. Courtesy Jane Lombard Gallery.

Frieze has introduced a new section for this year's Los Angeles edition of their online Viewing Rooms. It will feature digital artworks, all of which will be available to purchase as NFTs.

'Digital and virtual existence is more than what appears on a screen,' said Venus Lau, the curator of the new section.

Lau said the digital was 'no longer opposed to the real' but an 'anamorphosis' of it, a distorted image that appears normal when viewed from a particular perspective or through a certain lens.

'Artists aaajiao, Nik Kosmas, Liu Chuang, Lu Yang, and Peng Ke rethink the mechanisms of digital existence in the artworks presented in the digital section of Frieze Los Angeles 2021,' she said.

Nik Kosmas, Bodyhunter Mandala 3b (2020). Metal, PVC, acrylic. 180 x 180 x 30cm.

Nik Kosmas, Bodyhunter Mandala 3b (2020). Metal, PVC, acrylic. 180 x 180 x 30cm. Courtesy of the artist and Temnikova & Kasela gallery. Installation view at Narcotics (2020), Temnikova & Kasela Gallery. Photo by Roman-Sten Tõnissoo.

Altogether, 47 galleries will present works in the online exhibition from 28 July to 1 August, dates chosen to coincide with the inaugural Gallery Weekend Los Angeles.

Over 70 galleries have signed up for the in-person gallery weekend. More information about it will be published on the website galleryplatform.la in the leadup to the event.

Frieze's inclusion of a digital art section selling works as NFTs is yet another example of how digital assets and cryptocurrencies have disrupted the art establishment.

Earlier this week, Lehmann Maupin became the first commercial gallery to accept cryptocurrencies through the Winklevoss twins' platform Gemini, which also owns leading NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway.

'It is inevitable that cryptocurrencies will be a standard in many businesses. Our message to the world is that we, at Lehmann Maupin, are ready for it," said Rachel Lehmann, co-founder of Lehmann Maupin.

All of the galleries participating in the Frieze Viewing Room Los Angeles 2021 are listed below. —[O]

Frieze Viewing Room Los Angeles 2021 Galleries

303 Gallery
Miguel Abreu Gallery
Gallery Baton
Blum & Poe
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
The Breeder
Cardi Gallery
Château Shatto
James Cohan
Jeffrey Deitch
Anat Ebgi
Fredericks & Freiser
Gladstone Gallery
Haines Gallery
Hauser & Wirth
Galerie Max Hetzler
Charlie James Gallery
Kayne Griffin
König Galerie
David Kordansky Gallery
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Kukje Gallery
L.A. Louver
Lehmann Maupin
Nino Mier Gallery
Nature Morte
Night Gallery
Galleria Lorcan O'Neill
Overduin & Co.
Park View / Paul Soto
Parker Gallery
Peres Projects
The Pit
Almine Rech
Regen Projects
Galeria Nara Roesler
Thaddaeus Ropac
Various Small Fires (VSF)
Venus Over Manhattan
White Cube

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