Frieze New York has returned to The Shed this week, open to the public through Sunday, May 22, and online via the Frieze Viewing Room. Over 65 international galleries are showing a range of work by leading contemporary artists.
Across three floors, with transition spaces activated by special projects like A.I.R. Gallery showing Trigger Planting by How To Perform an Abortion and Pedros Reye’s Zero Nukes, we found an invigorating array of work across significant solo and group presentations.
Solo booths that stood out included Albert Oehlen’s commentary on consumerism at Gagosian, including a working vending machine of his Cofftea beverage; new sculptures by Carol Bove in bright orange in a matching booth by David Zwirner; Eamon Ore-Giron’s new large-scale paintings referencing sacred geometry and celestial bodies at James Cohan; ceramic masks and towering colorful totems by Jonathan Baldock at Stephen Friedman Gallery; a series of “Night Time” paintings by Latifa Echakhch at Pace Gallery; Charles Gaines’s mesmerizing “Numbers and Trees” series at Hauser & Wirth; and Simon Fujiwara’s delightful spin on the art canon (like Matisse’s Dance) at Esther Schipper.
New plant paintings by Hugo McCloud, created with single-use plastic bags, caught our eye at Sean Kelly. As did a series of ceramic mirrors by Karin Gulbran at Massimo de Carlo. Continuing on the theme of light and reflection, were works by Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery leaning on wood shelves. just next to a suspended Tomas Saraceno mirrored sculpture. Two pieces by the late Pacita Abad stood out at Tina Kim Gallery, full of texture—one on stitched padded canvas, the other woven with cowrie shells, buttons, and glassed beads. Julia Chiang’s Through Us Through You (2022) stopped us in our tracks at The Modern Institute’s booth, at once calling to mind stars and sea.
Speaking of sea, a calm seascape by Alex Katz from 1994 hung next to a brand new, vibrant portrait by the artist at Thaddaeus Ropac. We spotted two arresting Alice Neel paintings, one at Xavier Hufkens from 1963, another at Victoria Miro from 1969. Also at Victoria Miro is a moving portrait by María Berrío, The Cuttings (2022), being sold in support of Unicef’s humanitarian response in Ukraine. And if you plan to visit this weekend, don’t miss the Frame section, where 2022 Frame Stand Prize winner Instituto de Visión is showcasing the work of Tania Candiani.
Be sure not to skip the light-filled Level 8, where Frieze’s partners have designed lounges showcasing an array of products and special projects. La Prairie is offering not only a shoppable experience but a digital one, via a collaboration with artist Carla Chan. Champagne sponsor Ruinart, on the other hand, worked with artist Jeppe Hein to create an interactive activation that is very much in the physical realm, with a wink and a nod to playfulness. illycafè offers an espresso bar and celebration of 30 years of the illy Art Collection. Breguet makes its Frieze debut, the start of a three-year engagement with the fair, presenting new novelties and a site-specific mural from artist Pablo Bronstein. Also newly launched is VistaJet’s global partnership with Frieze, offering members-only events throughout the week, a viewing room in the sky, and VIP access for members to Frieze’s many international additions.