Art Consultant Lizanne Merrill Chooses Ten Works At Frieze NY 2018

Frieze New York is always one of the highlights of the international art calendar. This edition, their seventh was no exception with programmes featuring newly curated sections showcasing influential and emerging artists, performances, installations, artist award commission, museum fund, and architectural redesign. Randall’s Island Park Frieze May 4 – 6, 2018, with Preview Days on May 2 and 3. was an overall success. Here are ten of the best as chosen by Art Consultant Lizanne Merrill.

Featuring more than 190 galleries from 30 countries Frieze has become an important NY institution in just seven years

Frieze New York showcases an extraordinary cross-section of work by international artists, from newly discovered talents to the most influential figures of the 20th century. Introducing new programs, curators and a fresh layout for its seventh edition, Frieze New York are supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence. Led by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and newly appointed Artistic Director Loring Randolph, Frieze New York builds on its commitment to innovation and showcasing boundary-pushing practices, with new programs led by international curators from major institutions. For the first time, the New York edition will feature Live, a platform for performances, installations and interactive projects throughout the fair, curated by Adrienne Edwards (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; recently appointed Whitney Museum of American Art, New York). Edwards will additionally curate the Frieze Artist Award – an international open call for an emerging artist to realise a site-specific work – which launches at Frieze New York 2018, supported by the Luma Foundation. The fair will feature its first-ever themed section, curated by Matthew Higgs (White Columns, New York), paying homage to Hudson’s Feature Inc. gallery in New York, which supported the careers of many pioneering artists in the 1980s and ‘90s. Curators Andrew Bonacina (The Hepworth, Wakefield) and Ruba Katrib (MoMA PS1, New York) – who hands over to Laura McLean-Ferris (Swiss Institute, New York)

Robert Therrien Above and Top Photo Gagosian

Robert Therrien Above and Top Photo Gagosian exploring scale. Miniatures make actual pots and pans appear over sized


Richard Prince

Richard Prince ‘Stormy’ and other political works at Frieze On the whole, the fair was not (unlike last year) very political. This was one wall – of a volunteer lead booth with edition works by big artists for reasonable prices.


David Shrigley Anton Kern Gallery

David Shrigley Anton Kern Gallery


Antony Gormley Rebecca Horn and others Sean Kelly

Studies – Worth Studying – Antony Gormley Rebecca Horn and others Sean Kelly


Kara Walker '

Kara Walker ‘Rift of The Medusa Sikkema Jenkins & Co


Colourful Paintings By Ellen Birkenblitt Anton Kern gallery.

Colourful Paintings By Ellen Birkenblitt Anton Kern gallery


Gloria Steinem

200 Women a project inspired by Gloria Steinem by Ruth Hobday, Geoff Blackwell and Kieran E Scott


It was a VERY hot day and at VIP preview the AC had not yet kicked in or managed to cool the space – so BMW lounge had good air vents (as you see with woman here)


Patrick Jacobs

Patrick Jacobs If all art is a window then may as well go for it. Again- another foray into scale! Pierogi gallery


Ann Agee

Ann Agee  PPOW gallery

Know for excellent artists early highlighting Feminism movement – These are current ceramic works by Ann Agee that are inspired by Italian folk pottery and are all unique pieces called Hand Warmers and have a hole in the back to reference their historical precedent.  200 shoes, ($1,500 each ). And they were selling widely!

Frieze is a leading Platform for Galleries Across the Americas and the World Providing vital insight into artistic practice worldwide and across art history. The fair brings together top-tier international programs and growing participation from New York and West Coast galleries. Returning galleries include Acquavella Galleries, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Gagosian, Marian Goodman Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Matthew Marks Gallery, Skarstedt, Sprüth Magers and David Zwirner; alongside exciting young galleries such as Bridget Donahue, David Lewis and Simone Subal (all New York) with newcomers from across North America including Essex Street, JTT (both New York) Château Shatto (Los Angeles) and Regards (Chicago). Galleries from five continents and 30 countries will include international programs Massimo de Carlo and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac as well as Goodman Gallery ( Johannesburg) and The Modern Institute (Glasgow) who all return to the main section; plus new galleries from Hungary, Iran and Japan with the first-time participation of Vintage Galéria (Budapest), Dastan’s Basement (Tehran) and Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Tokyo). Strong representation from Central and South America also continues this year with returning galleries A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro), Mendes Wood DM (São Paulo), Galería Jaqueline Martins (both São Paulo), Instituto de Visión (Bogotá) and Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City) alongside newcomers Luis Adelantado (Mexico City) and Galeria Nora Fisch (Buenos Aires), among many others.

Words/Photos Lizanne Merrill © Artlyst 2018

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