Frieze New York Preview
Take a peek at the fair's best bargains and buys.
Frieze New York Art Fair is set to descend on the East River’s Randall’s Island this Friday (May 9), continuing through Sunday (May 12). More than 190 galleries from around the world will be showing artworks in the bespoke tent and surrounding park. While the majority of galleries participate in the main section of the fair, special sections include “Focus” and “Frame.” Focus galleries are selected on the basis of a proposed solo stand or curated projects conceived specifically for the fair, while Frame is a section dedicated to galleries established less than eight years ago—they are selected on the basis of a proposed solo presentation (20 galleries in total). As dealers and art collectors gear up for the busy art-fair packed week, we asked galleries to let us know what artworks they are bringing.
Sean Kelly Gallery will present a group exhibition including a new large-scale drawing and monumental sculpture by Cuban duo Los Carpinteros, a multi-panel photograph by Frank Thiel, new work by James Casebere and Iran do Espírito Santo.
Hauser & Wirth will present a specially themed show entitled “On the Fabric of the Human Body,” curated by former Swiss Institute director Gianni Jetzer, and featuring work by Rita Ackermann, Louise Bourgeois, Isa Genzken and Paul McCarthy. The show focuses on the ways in which these artists have expressed their affinity for the human body. The spatial organization of the booth mimics the heart’s chambers, with the show organized by color to study the artists’ use of the colors red and blue—the hues of the heart, bloodstream and viscera. On view will be one of Genzken’s signature mysterious mannequins (above), similar to ones that were featured in the German artist’s recent, much lauded retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The booth will also includes arresting abstract paintings by Ackermann, a tall fabric and stainless steel sculpture by Bourgeois, and McCarthy’s recent work The Head of W.S. (2014), an acrylic and collage piece on board-mounted canvas.
Los Angeles-based Regen Projects is showing several artists from its program, starting with works by Elliot Hundley (above), Walead Beshty‘s black-and-white fiber-based photographic works-on-paper, pigment prints from Catherine Opie, an inverted light-box by Gabriel Kuri, sculpture by Liz Larner, and Lari Pittman‘s 12-part Twelve Reliquaries of Souls Trapped in Amber (From a Late Western Impaerium) (2013).
Los Angeles-based dealer David Kordansky will have a solo presentation of Sam Gilliam‘s beveled-edge paintings from the late-1960s and early-70s. These historic works, which the gallery says are “important precursors for the artist’s iconic drape paintings, will reintroduce viewers to a revolutionary figure in postwar American art.” Among the works on view will be Spread (1973), (above), a dynamic acrylic composition on canvas.
New York’s 303 Gallery is also showing a selection of mostly new work by several its stable of artists including Hans-Peter Feldmann‘s Nude with Man Ray marks, an oil on canvas (above), Collier Schorr’s pigment print The Bricks (A.) (2013), Matt Johnson‘s “Eight” (Lautner Beam/Super String) (2014), mild steel with patina, and Kim Gordon’s spray paint on canvas Chelsea Series (Silver Wreath 2) (2014).Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, which is participating in Frieze New York for the first time, is presenting Ruin Project, a new group of works by artist Yuri Firmeza. Fresh off the solo exhibition “Stratigraphic turbidities” at the Museum of Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAR) in 2013, the artist continues his investigations of the temporal strata with this project, which will debut at the fair.
Paris’s Galerie Chantal Crousel is bringing a wide range of works including a very mixed media work on canvas by Tim Rollins & K.O.S. (above), David Douard‘s Sick Saliva (2013), Mona Hatoum‘s Untitled (coat hangar) (2013), and Thomas Hirschhorn’s String Tyre (2014), made of climbing rope and an actual tire.
London’s Lisson Gallery, which is participating in Frieze New York for the third consecutive year, is bringing a total of 45 works including pieces by Ceal Floyer, Rodney Graham, Christian Jankowski, and Haroon Mirza. The gallery will also be showing work by Ai Weiwei, whose traveling retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, “According to What?,” continues through August 10. Lisson is showing a suite of Han Dynasty vases that the artist has painted over in different shades of Mercedes-Benz car paint, fusing ancient objects with commercial products. A number of classic works by Dan Graham (whose installation of curved steel, two-way mirrored glass, and ivy hedgerows is currently gracing the Metropolitan Museum rooftop) will also be on view, including models, video, and photographs dating from 1969 to 2011.
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