Friedman Benda’s ‘What Would Have Been’ Is An Ode To Canceled Art Exhibitions

Friedman Benda is dedicated to presenting established and emerging designers who create historically significant work, on November 5, the art gallery will open an expansive art exhibition called What Would Have Been. On the heels of a tumultuous and unprecedented cycle of global design events, Friedman Benda will share a trove of modern design from over 30 studios filled with modern artists originally destined for exhibition in galleries, fairs, and museums across five continents.  

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Jonathan Trayte [British, b. 1980]
The Dream (Chandelier), 2020
Polished bronze, frosted glass, light fittings
167 x 25 x 100 cm (variable)
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Thaddeus Wolfe [American, b. 1979]
Untitled, 2020
Glass
13.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
34.3 x 19.1 x 19.1 cm
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Fernando and Humberto Campana [Brazilian, b. 1961,1953]
Wave Buffet, 2016
Brushed stainless steel, felt, EVA
27.5 x 78.75 x 15.75 inches
70 x 200 x 40 cm
Edition of 8

What Would Have Been curated by Friedman Benda shows us what we have been missing and points forward; it fills in the blank spaces, offers a new direction, and represents a coming together of voices. The show tells a story of design that juxtaposes established designers with newcomers without predictability from either and prompts a re-examination of assumptions consistent with current events at large.

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Faye Toogood [British, b. 1977]
Maquette 259 / Canvas and Foam Seat, Rust (Prototype), 2020
Primed, washed canvas, upholstery foam, fabric paint
27.5 x 70.75 x 53 inches
70 x 180 x 135 cm
Edition of 8
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Byung Hoon Choi [Korean, b. 1952]
afterimage of beginning 018-511, 2018
White marble, natural stone
19.25 x 31 x 19.5 inches, each
49 x 79 x 50 cm, each

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Carmen D’Apollonio [Swiss, b. 1973]
One More Time, 2019
Ceramic, cotton
45 x 12 x 12 inches
114.3 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm

The exhibition makes an accessible furniture design that lost its intended platform, works shown briefly before museum doors closed or failed to open at all in Atlanta, Ghent, Melbourne, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Shanghai, Wiltshire, and further; works commissioned for festivals and art fairs including the London Biennale, TEFAF, The Salon, Design Miami Basel; and works that were slated for the gallery in Chelsea before the New York art community shutdown. 

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Bruno Gambone [Italian, b. 1936]
Untitled, c. 1990’s
Stoneware
Various dimensions
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Front Design [Swedish, est. 2004]
Materialized Sketch of a Round-Back Chair (Black), 2005
Thermoplastic powder
30.08 x 18.54 x 19.29 inches
76.4 x 47.1 x 49 cm
Unique
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Florian Idenburg (SO – IL) [Dutch, b. 1975]
frame 04, 2019
Stainless steel
39 x 63 x 54.5 inches
99 x 160 x 138 cm
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gt2P (Great Things to People)
Remolten N1: Monolita Chair 15, Quitralco, Osorno Volcano, April 23rd, 2019
Stoneware structure, volcanic lava
33 x 17.75 x 23.5 inches
84 x 45 x 60 cm

Consistent with the period that inspired it, What Would Have Been by Friedman Benda takes place not only in the gallery but also online, marking the tension and dialogue between these two spaces.

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