Frieze New York 2022: Activism, NFTs and shows across the city


For the tenth anniversary of Frieze New York, the fair is making its second return to The Shed. While last year’s fair unfolded amid a landscape of vaccine QR codes and half-hearted caution, this year promises to be a stellar event loaded with renewed confidence.

Frieze New York 2022 at The Shed: Must-Haves on the Stands and Beyond

Inside the fair, several galleries focus on solo exhibitions, including Carol Bove at David Zwirner, Albert Oehlen at Gagosian and Mai-Thu Perret at David Kordansky. Elsewhere, in group presentations, Sadie Coles HQ will feature Alex Da Corte alongside her stable of established names including Urs Fischer and Sarah Lucas.

Hauser & Wirth will offer a solo presentation by Charles Gaines showcasing large-scale works of his famous and ever-evolving Numbers and trees series. Thaddaeus Ropac will welcome Georg Baselitz, Donald Judd and Alvaro Barrington, while Perrotin will offer sculptures by Paola Pivi, Bharti Kher, Daniel Arsham and Takashi Murakami.

As the debate (and market) surrounding NFTs continues to ping pong, LG is moving forward by partnering with artist Kevin McCoy and co-creator Jennifer McCoy to showcase new artwork on state-of-the-art equipment or “digital canvases”. Those in need of a pit stop (who are Frieze VIP membership holders) can head to the Ruinart Lounge for Jeppe Hein’s meditative and interactive art experience.

Exterior view of Frieze New York venue, The Shed. Photography: Brett Beyer

Online, the Frieze Viewing Room offers a comprehensive alternative for those unable to attend in person. It’s curated to reflect the vision of the IRL fair, with sections such as ‘Frame’, showcasing galleries under ten years old, and a 3D viewing room powered by Vortic’s technology allowing viewers to tour the stalls and browse a friendly store ‘less than $10 k’edit.

It’s been a turbulent political time in the United States lately. With works like Pedros Reyes Zero Nukes and director of Frieze New York and LA’s Plan Your Vote initiative Christine Messineo, politics will remain on the agenda. On the role of art in social and cultural progression, Messineo says, “To mark our tenth anniversary, Frieze New York is collaborating with vital New York-based nonprofit organizations that are also celebrating anniversaries. Their support for emerging visual artists and performers, especially women, black people and LGBTQ practitioners, reflects the spirit of many artists exhibited at this year’s fair. The mission of these organizations remains as urgent as when they were founded in the 1970s, and Frieze New York pays tribute to their creative life.

Although the “tent” (also known as The Shed) is hosting the main event, satellite events will be taking place throughout the city. Tom Burr is evolving his 1997 essay, “Eight Renovations: A constellation of sites across Manhattan,” with a series of posters that will appear in eight locations, along with other work at The Shed. Elsewhere, Matches Fashion is taking its Mayfair townhouse, 5 Carlos Place, to the Upper East Side for a week of programming that includes retail, food, design and music from designers including Ghetto Gastro, Atelier LK, Phaidon and artists Nari Ward and Hiba Schahbaz. .

Takashi Murakami: “An Arrow in History”
Gagosian (976 and 980 Madison Avenue)
Until June 25, 2022

Takashi Murakami, ‘An Arrow Through History’, installation view of 980 Madison Ave, 2022. Artwork © 2022 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Photography: Rob McKeever. Courtesy of Gagosian

Takashi Murakami is, it seems, always in the middle of a “moment”. But in New York in May, the Japanese artist is stepping up a gear with a three-part exhibition spanning two of Gagosian’s New York galleries. In typical Murakami fashion, “An Arrow Through History” will connect worlds. At the 976 Madison Avenue gallery, the artist presents his Clone X NFT initiative (2021), developed in collaboration with RTFKT. Clone X is a series of NFT avatars designed as three-dimensional figures bearing the artist’s distinctive designs. Meanwhile, 980 Madison Avenue is devoted to paintings related to the Murakami.Flowers NFT project (2021 – 22). Murakami’s New York exhibitions open before a major exhibition dedicated to the Broad in Los Angeles.

‘Cindy Sherman: 1977 – 1982’
Hauser & Wirth 69th Street
Dates: until July 29, 2022

Installation view, ‘Cindy Sherman. 1977-1982, ‘Hauser & Wirth NewYork 69th Street, 2022, through July 29, 2022 © Hauser & Wirth Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photography: Thomas Barratt

Cindy Sherman is a multifaceted artist. She is also an artist recognized for transforming the role of the camera in art. Beyond a photographer, Sherman has taken on the role of makeup artist, hairstylist, stylist and director, in addition to presenting herself as the protagonist of her ultra-scenic stories. His first major exhibition at Hauser & Wirth focuses on crucial early works – including the complete set of 70 Stills from the untitled film, Rear screen projections and Center pleats – that delve into female stereotypes. Although created over 40 years ago, Sherman’s formative work resonates in contemporary times with eerie effect.

Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art
Dates: until September 6, 2022

From left to right: Charles Ray, burger2021; I f2021; Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall2021. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

The 2022 edition of the Whitney Biennial has been in preparation since 2019; before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold and before the killing of George Floyd by an on-duty police officer. However, as Nick Compton reports, the politics of this exhibition – explicit and abstract – is primarily about identity and belonging, showcasing the work of 63 deliberately diverse artists ranging from (enough) emerging talents to icons of the art. Featured artists include Ellen Gallagher, Alejandro Morales, Emily Barker, Sable Elyse Smith, Coco Fusco and Charles Ray.

Nari Ward, ‘I’ll take you there; A Proclamation’
Location: Lehmann Maupin
Dates: until June 4, 2022

Nari district, A proclamation, 2022, made from laces. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and London

Harlem resident Nari Ward literally finds inspiration in her surroundings. Working with found materials picked up on walks in his neighborhood, young and old alike, he repurposes objects ranging from traffic cones to shoelaces into sculptures that challenge and question issues of community, gentrification and economic disparity. Ghostly and indeterminable, a room-sized sculpture made of everyday objects – milk crates, ladders, strollers and liquor bottles – is a totem of remembrance for souls lost during the pandemic. The show includes four new text-based works, created by stringing sneaker laces together to form the outline of gothic-style letters, including the words “If We Must Die,” taken from Claude McKay’s 1919 poem.

Rhythm Gallery Presentations

Just blocks from The Shed, where Pace’s Frieze stand will host new paintings by Latifa Echakhch, the gallery will offer a wide range of exhibitions at its flagship Chelsea locations at 540 West 25th Street and 510 West 25th Street. Highlights include “William Monk: The Ferryman” (through June 11) which, in partnership with Grimm, will see a three-site exhibition of Monk’s new paintings and works on paper take over Pace and Grimm spaces in New York and Pace’s East Hampton Gallery. Elsewhere, Indian artist Prabhavathi Meppayil’s solo exhibition features new and recent paintings and sculptures, which showcase his use of traditional Bangalorian goldsmithing tools and techniques passed down from generation to generation in his family.

Moleskine “Detour” exhibition in New York
One World Observatory, One World Trade Center
Until May 22

Frances Goodman, The yellow line. Courtesy of Moleskin Foundation

Notebooks can serve many purposes: planning, documenting, and inspiring new concepts. Revealing the inner workings of our best ideas and hiding the ones we hope will never see the light of day. The non-profit Moleskine Foundation has amassed a collection of over 1,300 “art notebooks” – Moleskine notebooks each transformed by an artist into their own conceptual canvas. An exhibition called “Detour” at One World Observatory features those of 75 creative thinkers, including William Kentridge, Francis Kéré, Paula Scher, Sigur Rós and Joana Vasconcelos. Each creator donated their notebook to the Moleskine Foundation to support its mission of “creativity for social change” through community programs for young people. §


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