Christopher Beckman

In the past few months, artist Christopher Beckman has skyrocketed to the forefront of “artists to watch” in the contemporary art world. He was recently a participating artist in the Whitney Art Auction, and he's currently preparing for two gallery shows. He joins artists Erik Foss, Pryce Lee, Maya Hayuk and Nick Farhi in PROCESS, an exhibition curated by Justin DeDemko and Andrew Lockhart, which opens in New York City on May 21st at 9 Great Jones St. We caught up with Beckman at his Chelsea studio during Frieze Art Fair to talk fair week, Whitney Art Party, modeling for Ralph Lauren, and how the emerging contemporary artist refuels his creativity in a cultural epicenter.

[Interview by Devin Barrett]

[Photos by Wendy Ploger]