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Los Angeles’ Art Frieze shows tech+human skill – and then comes food

The second Frieze Los Angeles took place 14-16 February 2020. Frieze is a media and events company that comprises three publications, frieze magazine, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week; and four international art fairs, Frieze London, Frieze LA, Frieze New York and Frieze Masters; a programme of courses and talks at Frieze Academy, and – the definitive resource for contemporary art and culture,

Of all the art works on display none was more WOW than “Art of Perfection: Data Painting” by Turkish artist Refik Anadol – it was on show at the entrance to Belvedere restaurant at The Peninsula Beverly Hills (see a video below). The visual, moving  painting was created from data captured at the Rolls-Royce surface finish centre in Goodwood, England: data relates to the colour reference of each car, plus information generated by the robotic movement required to apply the exact surface finish to each vehicle.  Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös says the company’s sponsorship of Anadol will continue the Rolls-Royce legacy with a vision to expand the horizon of moving image and ignite a dialogue with some of the most exciting creative visionaries of our time.

This piece is next being shown at the Geneva International Motor Show, 5-15 March 2020. Anadol’s site-specific audio-visual performances have already been presented internationally at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; International Digital Arts Biennial, Montreal, and Arts Electronica Festival, Linz. Anadol says he is excited that Rolls-Royce is sharing their complex computational painting data to use as the raw material for his artwork: “This project is very collaborative as there is direct correlation between Rolls-Royce’s process and mine, in that we both harness machines and machine intelligence to help actualise our vision of beauty.”

But there is always something going on here. This Monday, 17th February, Gucci Beverly Hills opened a rooftop restaurant, and not any old eatery but one run by Massimo Bottura, whose Osteria Francescana in Modena has twice been top of S Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best. If you want to get a table at Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Beverly Hills, better reserve fast… if you cannot get a reservation there, try an ABC, namely Avec Nous at Viceroy, Belvedere in The Peninsula, or Culina at Four Seasons Los Angeles Beverly Hills…. NOW SEE THE ANADOL VIDEO