Isabel Yellin

Pillar of the Intangible

Frieze Los Angeles

February 16 – February 20, 2022

9900 Wilshire Boulevard

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

In partnership with Frieze Sculpture, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)  commissioned a new sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Isabel Yellin entitled Pillar of the Intangible. A continuation of Yellin’s visual language, the sculpture plays with hardness and softness, the duality of our internal experience and external presentation. The work is a connective structure that invites as much as it confounds. The organic, soft forms rendered permanent encompass the contradictory and confounding expanse of time that we move through, the daily obstacles we face, and the fluidity demanded of our rigid, breakable bodies.

This is a unique opportunity for LAND to support a young artist in pushing their work to a new scale alongside an exciting group of established artists. This would be Yellin’s first public commission, and at 9 feet tall, the largest iteration of her work to date.

Isabel Yellin (b. 1987, New York, NY) received her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2014. Her combinative works aim to articulate the subconscious. Her work is simultaneously sensory and sensitive, corporeally linked to both the guttural and the alien. Recent exhibitions include Show Me As I Want To Be Seen at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (2019), Cuddle Puddle (solo), at Althuis Hofland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2018), and Velvet Concrete (solo) at M. Le Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL (2018). She is also the curator of a two-part LA based female sculpture show, Your Presence is Encouraged, which opened last month in Nevine’s Yard, and PSYCHOSOMATIC at Various Small Fires, LA.


LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Abby Pucker, the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, the Poncher Family Foundation, Brenda Potter, and LAND’s Nomadic Council.

Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy of Casey Kelbaugh/Frieze.