6 Must-See New York Gallery Shows During Frieze New York

There's more to Frieze Week than fairs.

Jenny Morgan, Dark Star (2015) Photo: Courtesy Driscoll Babcock
Riska, Bodypart IV (2015). Photo: Courtesy

Kristina Riska, Bodypart IV (2015).
Photo: Courtesy Hostler Burrows.

With Frieze satellite events multiplying like rabbits, it’s easy to forget that there’s more to the week than just fairs. But if traversing massive hangars in far-flung locations isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do on the gallery scene. From a late-night opening at the new Lower East Side space owned by champagne heir Richard Taittinger to a Vito Schnabel-curated group show at Aby Rosen’s latest real estate acquisition, you don’t even have to set foot in a pricey fair to see great art this week.

Huma Bhabha at Salon 94
New York-based artist Huma Bhabha is best known for her sculptures featuring found objects, but she’s also skilled at creating collages and works on paper which employ ink, paint, and pastels. Her eponymous show at Salon 94 will span the gallery’s Bowery and Freeman Alley locations.
Huma Bhabha, “Huma Bhabha” at Salon 94 Bowery and Freeman Alley opens on May 12 from 6–8. p.m.

Chris Succo at the Journal Gallery
Is this a match made in heaven? Chris Succo is known for his clean, crisp abstract paintings, and the Journal Gallery is often heralded as one of Brooklyn’s finest art spaces. These facts, combined with the otherwise sparse press release that juxtaposes quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald and KISS, leads us to believe this show will be worth a visit across the river.
Chris Succo, “DRIVE” at the Journal Gallery opens on May 12 from 6–9 p.m.

Jenny Morgan at Driscoll Babcock
Jenny Morgan’s second solo show at the gallery may appear buoyant on the surface, thanks to eye-popping colors and graphic imagery, but lurking underneath the beauty of her paintings are ruminations on life, death, rebirth, and the tangled links between past and present.
Jenny Morgan: All We Have is Now” at Driscoll Babcock opens on May 14 from 6–8 p.m.

Jenny Morgan, Dark Star (2015) Photo: Courtesy Driscoll Babcock

Jenny Morgan, Dark Star (2015).
Photo: Courtesy Driscoll Babcock.

Kristina Riska at Hostler Burrows
Design enthusiasts will love Finnish artist Kristina Riska’s unique, sculptural vessels, with titles such as Bubble Urn and Bodypart III. For her first solo show in the US, Riska has drawn upon a variety of influences, from childhood memories to an investigation of light and shadow.
Kristina Riska: New Work” at Hostler Burrows is on display until June 5.

Haluk Akakçe at Richard Taittinger Gallery
For his first major US exhibition in over a decade, pioneering video artist Haluk Akakçe is treating visitors to a peek into his creative process. The immersive opening will take place during the artist’s typical working hours. Featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, a large-scale video installation, and an immersive soundscape, this show might be worth staying up late for this Saturday.
Haluk Akakçe, “Come Midnight” at Richard Taittinger Gallery opens on May 16 at 12 a.m. and runs until May 17 at 8 a.m.

First Show/Last Show at 190 Bowery
This Vito Schnabel-curated show at the historic 190 Bowery building—now owned by the real estate tycoon, Aby Rosen—features a coterie of market-darling male artists including Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Jeff Elrod, Ron Gorchov, Mark Grotjahn, Harmony Korine, and Julian Schnabel, and is sure to be one of the buzziest events of the weekend.
First Show/Last Show curated by Vito Schnabel opens at 190 Bowery on May 16 from 5–8 p.m.



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