Claudia Ross is a writer based in Los Angeles. Her fiction and criticism has appeared in The Baffler, GARAGE, LA Review of Books, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, and others.
Dance of the Wild Men: Felix Art Fair 2021 by Claudia Ross
Emulating its script, the fair itself unfolded as a site-specific theatre in which guests, gallerists, and artists promenaded between the works on view. The ensuing performance was equal parts decadent and mannered, aware of its own elaborate display. Cocktails went for $15 and Felix-themed beach balls filled the Roosevelt’s Hockney lagoon. A small camera crew tailed Jerry Saltz. Eric Andre and Hunter Biden were in attendance. And the party! The pool! The margaritas! If glamour—and all its painful self-consciousness—were a genre, this would be it.