By: Janet Lehr
Frieze New York 2015 SCORES A GRAND VICTORY. In an International ‘Season of Fairs’ dominated by Frieze and Ba
sel fairs at their various location worldwide – from Fall to Spring, Frieze London, Miami Basel to Hong Kong Basel, to Frieze NY; Frieze New York 2015 delights the eye, finds a continuous number of fresh exhibitors, explores fresh presentation ideas, and brings to its exhibitors masses of collectors.
Frieze New York 2015 Located at Randall’s Island Park, opened to VIP’s and Press on Wednesday May 15th and closes Sunday May 17th.
Established in 2012 by the founders of frieze maga- zine, Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, Frieze New York creates the ultimate art fair experience. The fourth edition of Frieze New York features over 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, with 63 participants from the fair’s host city, plus a non-profit program of artist projects, education activities and talks; and Eateries!! Frieze fairs are sponsored by Deutsche Bank.
The fourth edition of Frieze New York brings together over 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries. With a particularly strong showing of local galleries this year, those new to Frieze New York include: Acquavella (New York) with an outstanding exhibition including a beautiful paintings by Pablo Picasso and Wayne Thiebaud, and a perfect Diebenkorn drawing among their gems; Blum & Poe (New York/Los Angeles), Clearing (New York/Brusses), JTT (New York), Matthew Marks Gallery (New York); McKee Gallery (New York); Pace (New York) and Skarstedt (New York).
Solo and special presentations that promise to be focal points in the fair include: Philippe Parreno (Pilar Corrias, London); T.J. Wilcox (Gladstone Gallery, New York); Giuseppe Penone (Marian Goodman, New York); Lesley Vance (David Kordansky, Los Angeles); Richard Tuttle (Pace, New York); and Canan (Rampa, Istanbul); two-artist presentations by Marilyn Minter and Laurie Simmons (Salon 94, New York) and John McCracken and Franz West (David Zwirner, New York); and a new installation by Iran do Espírito Santo (Fortes Vilaca, São Paulo).
SPECIAL FAIR OPPORTUNITY
If I said: CREATE A DOT, would you?
It’s a deal!! $20. to participate in creating a work of art – no training necessary. People hesitated, ‘my time, my time….’, but many succumbed, dove in, and joined the veritable ‘army’ of ‘dottists’.
The 2015 fair introduces Spotlight, a new section for solo presentations of 20th-century art which has been a critically acclaimed feature at Frieze Masters in London. Advised by curator Adriano Pedrosa, Spotlight explores unexpected positions from established artists and presents new research into art from emerging territories, as well as significant work from overlooked artists.
Rasheed Araeen (Aicon Gallery, New York),
Lynn Hershman Leeson (Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco & Waldburger Wouters, Brussels),
Howardena Pindell (Garth Greenan Gallery, New York),
Carolee Schneemann (Hales, London) and Ibrahim El-Salahi (Vigo, London) are all included in the first New York edition of Spotlight.
Solo presentations by young galleries under eight years old, Frame features the most exciting emerging galleries from around the world. Additions to this year’s list include
Antenna Space (Shanghai) showing Liu Ding;
Freedman Fitzpatrick (Los Angeles) with Mathis Altmann;
Mathew Gallery (Berlin) showing Than Hussein Clark;
and Supplement (London) with Philomene Pirecki.
Full FRAME list of galleries:
80m2 Livia Benavides, Lima, Sergio Zevallos
Antenna Space, Shanghai, Liu Ding
Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö, Eric Sidner (see below)
Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami Beach, Georgie Nettell
Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, Mathis Altmann
Dan Gunn, Berlin, Alexandra Navratil
JTT, New York, Anna-Sophie Berger
Kendall Koppe, Glasgow, Charlotte Prodger
Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, Martha Araújo
Mathew Gallery, Berlin, Than Hussein Clark
Barbara Seiler, Zurich, Cécile B. Evans
Tif Sigfrids, Los Angeles, Zachary Leener
Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, Dashiell Manley
Gregor Staiger, Zurich, Lucy Stein
Sultana, Paris, Walter Pfeiffer
Supplement, London, Philomene Pirecki
Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Kris Lemsalu
Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv, Lital Lev Cohen
Kate Werble Gallery, New York, Ken Tisa
Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, Aaajiao
Frame is advised by curators Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor.
A section for galleries founded after 2003, Focus brings curated projects specially conceived for Frieze New York and includes the most forward-thinking galleries working today. A number of these galleries have previously been exhibitors in the Frame section of the fair, including:
Bureau (New York);
Carlos/Ishikawa (London); and
Real Fine Arts (New York), which further underlines the fair’s commitment to fostering a community of galleries throughout all stages of development.
Galleries participating in Focus that are new to Frieze New York include:
Chi-Wen Gallery (Taipei);
Foxy Production (New York);
Hunt Kastner (Prague);
Instituto De Visión (Bogotá),
Silberkuppe (Berlin) and
Travesia Cuatro (Guadalajara/Madrid).
Frieze New York 2015: Sounds Program
(Information in full: friezeprojectsny.org) Frieze Sounds is premiered in the VIP cars at Frieze New York. The compositions are also accessible via a listening station inside the fair and streamed online at Frieze Sounds 2015 is programmed and curated by Cecilia Alemani and presented with BMW.
Alicja Kwade presents a sound work composed by a collage of 200 film excerpts, recording the moment in which actors – mostly women – see a diamond and react with a mixture of joy, surprise and lust.
Xaviera Simmons has crafted a newly scored audio landscape, where multiple languages collapse into a wave-like movement
Sergei Tcherepnin, Metal Mixing Water Piano created a collage of re-recorded piano improvisations made in the last 15 years, filtering the sounds through speaker-instruments
The non-profit program of artist commissions realized at Frieze New York is curated by Cecilia Alemani. This year, the program includes sculptural environments and performative spaces involving intricate mazes, intimate hideouts and room-size installations.
Aki Sasamoto, constructs a personality test in the form of a three-dimensional maze.
Samara Golden built an underground sculptural environment revealing the subterranean features of the fair.
Korakrit Arunanondchai’s installation includes a series of massage chairs throughout the fair, upholstered in his signature material of bleached denim.
Pia Camil freely distributed a series of wearable fabrics to fair visitors.
Untitled (Wearable) 2015
FREE-but supplies limited
Allyson Vieira installed outside the fair, a colossal broken column made of recycled bales of plastic.
As in the previous editions of Frieze New York, Frieze Projects features a tribute to an alternative space or an artist-run project that has radically transformed the way we experience contemporary art. This year the Frieze tribute is devoted to the Flux-Labyrinth.
The Eateries at Frieze 2015 New York:
Some of the city’s most loved, incorporate the fiber of the city into all the fair’s activities. New dining options and the return of many Frieze favorites include: Court Street Grocers, Dimes, Frank- ies Spuntino, Marlow & Sons, Milk Bar, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, Parlor Coffee, Prime Meats and Roberta’s. This year, the VIP Room and restaurant at Frieze New York will be hosted by NeueHouse.
Schedule for Frieze Talks 2015:
Frieze Talks 2015 is programmed by Tom Eccles (Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College) and Christy Lange (Associate Editor, frieze), and takes place daily in the auditorium at Frieze New York.
When Jerry Saltz was ‘kicked off ‘ Facebook this year, it stoked debate about the scope for satire in the art world. This year, Frieze invites participants to address the ways in which artists, critics, and curators push the limits of humor, irony, decency, and performance as well as the audience’s willingness to tolerate or accept those provocations.
Thursday, May 14th, Christian Jankowski (artist and Chief Curator of Manifesta 11) will weave the legendary music of Caetano Veloso into an artist talk; and Alexander Provan (Editor, Triple Canopy) will host a panel discussion on new models for artists’ collectives, with Abdullah Al-Mutairi(GCC) and Jamal Cyrus (Otabenga Jones & Associates).
Friday, May 15th, comedian and artist Casey Jane Ellison will bring her irreverent humor to a performative, talk-show-style panel on the ‘Aesthetics’ of ‘Female’ ‘Attractiveness’ with Karley Sciortino (writer) and Leilah Weinraub (artist and filmmaker); and
Thelma Golden (Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York) and Dr. Arnold Lehman (Director, Brooklyn Museum, New York) will discuss the question: Whom do museums serve?
Saturday, May 16th, French artist Pierre Bismuth, who won an Academy Award for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will talk about his new feature, Where Is Rocky II?; and Jerry Saltz (Critic, New York Magazine), who has brought his outspoken criticism and singular voice to over 150,000 followers across Twitter and Instagram will answer your questions, in a con- versation with the audience entitled ‘Ask Jerry’.
Finally, 2 events on Sunday May 17th, 1-Los Angeles-based artists Leigh Ledare and Paul McCarthy will talk about their taboo-breaking work; 2-Hamza Walker, who is co-curating ‘Made in L.A.’ in 2016, will chair a panel discussion about what artworks we find funny and why.
Access is included in all admission tickets. For further information and a full schedule please visit friezeprojects.org/talks.