Words: Frank O’Hara / Photo: Clément Pascal
Introducing a fresh layout, new curators, and programs, Frieze New York 2018 brings together more than 190 galleries from 30 countries, showcasing the world’s most significant artists, a series of talks, and the city’s most talked about restaurants, all in a bespoke structure in Randall’s Island Park.
Explore galleries presentations in our curated sections – Live, For Your Infotainment – Hudson and Feature Inc., Frame and Spotlight – as well as the non-profit program at Frieze New York, comprising the Frieze Artist Award a major new commissioning platform supported by the Luma Foundation, Frieze Talks, a series of panel discussions and lectures; and Frieze Education, a year-round program of exploration for young New Yorkers.
Jordan Nassar / still from film by Laura Bushell
Preview: ‘A Palestine That Only Really Exists in the Mind of the Diaspora’
Presented by Anat Ebgi in Frame at Frieze New York 2018, Jordan Nassar’s hand-embroidered textile pieces address the intersection of language, ethnicity and heritage, drawing from his background as a Palestinian-Polish American. Nassar’s work expands upon the political history behind Palestinian craft, reclaiming both locality and technique through the medium’s ability to communicate and build community. Nassar presents a suite of landscape works, using symbolic patterns to reference the embroidery of bereaved Palestinian women, whom he met while on residency in Israel.
Kapwani Kiwanga / A wall is just a wall, 2017 installation view
Frieze Artist Award
The Paris based artist will realize an open-air installation, exploring freedom of movement and architectures of exclusion, in Randall’s Island Park from May 3–6 2018. Curated by Adrienne Edwards (Whitney Museum of American Art / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), the Frieze Artist Award forms part of the fair’s non-profit program and is supported by the Luma Foundation.
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Paying special attention to the Focus section, discover the names of tomorrow – the most exciting collectible work from the world’s leading emerging artists and younger or new-generation galleries.
From Modern to Contemporary
An introduction to the Spotlight section, showcasing pioneering 20th-century artists who have been historically overlooked, as well as For Your Infotainment / Hudson and Feature Inc., a new section featuring artists who worked in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (detail)
‘To Make These Connections in This Moment Is Invaluable’
A core of the history of American art, the painters Ralph Humphrey, Al Loving, Howardena Pindell, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith are featured in Thick Paint: 1957–2002, presented at the fair by Garth Greenan. Key artists in their own right, significantly, all four of them exhibited together historically – both sharing galleries and also appearing in important group shows.
Tom Friedman, Untitled (Garbage/Bee), 2002
Matthew Higgs Curates New Themed Section
Frieze New York’s first-ever themed section will be dedicated to the legacy of the late dealer Hudson (1950-2014) and his seminal New York and Chicago-based gallery Feature Inc. Titled For Your Infotainment / Hudson and Feature Inc., the section at Frieze New York will feature artists who received their gallery debuts or had a long history at Feature Inc. in the 1980s and ‘90s, which includes such seminal figures as Tom of Finland, Raymond Pettibon, Tom Friedman and Takashi Murakami.
Kemang Wa Lehulere, Matric 2015, 2018
‘A Sense of Perpetual Becoming’
A sense of perpetual becoming has always struck me in the work of Kemang Wa Lehulere, who has a solo presentation at Stevenson. Whether scrutinizing episodes in the history of South Africa, or his own past as an artist, memory always takes sudden twists in his hands. By drawing on stories unseen, unwritten, and untold, he produces observations of a static present which resists transformation, pretending to be unaltered by past events. In riposte, his works gesture toward steps into the future. Choosing to engage with a myriad of media for realization, his practice surprises me, exhibition after exhibition.
Words: Frank O’Hara / Photo: Clément Pascal
On the Street with Frank O’Hara
The Frieze New York 2018 campaign maps the poet and curator’s Lunch Poems. Marjorie Perloff has called him ‘a poet among painters’. This year, the words of Frank O’Hara – a poet, curator and, from his arrival in the city in 1951 until his untimely death in 1966, a New Yorker – are brought back into the fold of the city’s art scene in the form of the Frieze New York 2018 campaign, a collaboration with the O’Hara Estate.
The 16 images which comprise the campaign, commissioned from New York-based photographer Clément Pascal, feature excerpts from O’Hara’s 1964 collection Lunch Poems, graphically overlaid on contemporary photographs that capture romantic glimpses of the city’s streets, people and architecture, from its museums to its billboards, the opera to the phone booth.
Wangechi Mutu / Throw, 2016 (detail)
Live Launches in 2018
A curated program of performances and interactive projects new to the New York fair. Launching for the first time at Frieze’s seventh consecutive edition in New York, Live is a program of time-based projects across Frieze New York 2018. Curator Adrienne Edwards is working closely with galleries – who will pay no fees for participation – to present new and historic works centered on performance and participation in the fair’s public areas.
Rosemary Laing, Rose of Australia, 2017 (detail)
‘Even in the Abstract, We Are Brought Back to Politics’
Brooklyn Museum’s Catherine Morris discusses two galleries’ approaches to social issues at Frieze New York. Organizing art at a fair around social issues – particularly in our current fraught political climate – can be risky, but there is nevertheless something important about seeing work that addresses the issues that preoccupy us today. Galerie Lelong is bringing together a great group of artists – including Rosemary Laing, Samuel Levi Jones, Nalini Malani, Ana Mendietta, and Krzysztof Wodiczko – whose work engages personal conversations about migration and borders, colonialism, and the politics of identity.
Frieze Talks 2018
The program takes a literary turn with a focus on some of today’s most searching writers. Drawing upon the recent outpouring of contemporary fiction, curators Tom Eccles and Amy Zion have invited writers, poets and artists into discussions that challenge sound-bite and tweet-driven narratives, with profound and often humorous investigations into today’s American landscapes. Taking place Friday through Sunday, Frieze Talks 2018 pairs artists with authors to stimulate unique encounters between powerful cultural voices.
The LIFEWTR Fund will return to Frieze New York this year, supporting the acquisition of a significant work for the Brooklyn Museum. Launched last year, the fund made possible the Museum’s acquisition of Untitled (1971) by Virginia Jaramillo, a work currently featured in the international touring exhibition, “Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.”