Jessica El Hefyan
Work in progress in Randall’s Island Park for the 7th edition of Frieze New York. Previews on Wednesday, May 2nd and Thursday, May 3rd and Public Days May 4-6
Personally what I like the most of this exhibition is that it’s definitely not an ordinary one at all. In fact, thanks to the hard work of international curators, the young fair is trying to achive its goals by proposing a wide range of inspiration. Not just simple showcasing is the promise, but live performances, installations, emerging artists, talks, artist award commission and many non-profit programs capable to drive an art lover in an amazing trip where inspiration and marvel are keywords! What makes it actually interesting is the attention paid to each and every detail, but let’s proceed step by step.
Pierre Huyghe, L’Expédition Scintillante, Acte 2, Untitled (Light Box), 2002. Courtesy: the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery
This edition will have Victoria Siddal
as director and Loring Randolph
as artistic director, while the new programs are led by curators from major institutions: Adrienne Edwards
is appointed for the platform “Live”, precisely performances and installations as interactive projects and in addition the Frieze Artist Award
(supported by Luma Fondation
), won this year by Kapwani Kiwanga
. The themed section is curated by Matthew Higgs
, an homage to Hudson’s Feature Inc. gallery in New York, which supported the careers of many pioneering artists between ‘80s and ‘90s.
, the ambitious solo shows by 19 emerging galleries will be advised by Curators Andrew Bonacina
(The Hepworth, Wakefield) and Ruba Katrib
(MoMA PS1, New York) – who hands over to Laura McLean-Ferris
(Swiss Institute, New York). Last but not least are Tom Eccles
and Amy Zion
(Bard College, New York) who are appointed to lead the Frieze Talk Program
, sharing contemporary literature and challenging sound-bite and tweet-driven narratives. The whole thing under a new layout and design curated by Universal Design Studio
promising an enhanced astonishment.
Kemang Wa Lehulere, Matric 2015, 2018
Even though the fair isn’t open yet and we don’t have as many informations as we’d like to (but keep refreshing the Look Lateral Journal page to be updated ASAP) a first statement arrive from the director Victoria Siddall: “This year’s exhibitor list combines the strongest galleries in the world with the most interesting young galleries from New York and beyond, so Frieze New York promises a diverse range of work from the blue-chip to new discoveries. Alongside this, the contributions of leading curators including Adrienne Edwards and Matthew Higgs make this an unmissable event. Loring Randolph, the new Artistic Director of the fair, and I have worked to make the seventh edition a fresh and exciting experience. Following record museum and collector attendance last year, we look forward to building on the fair’s reputation as a vital international and commercial hub.”
Kapwani Kiwanga, Flowers for Africa: Tunisia, 2015. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris. Photo: © Aurélien Mole
And Loring Randolph, Artistic Director added, “Frieze New York 2018 is full of innovation, from a new layout to new content and exhibitors, including an exceptional number of galleries from New York and the West Coast. One of the unique advantages that we have as a fair is the continued practice of constructing our own environment. This affords us the opportunity to try new architectures. In my experience, artists and gallerists regularly redesign their gallery spaces as part of the exhibition process. It is with this spirit in mind that we hope the new fair layout will be fresh and exciting, and in support of visitors, artists and galleries alike.
Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace
Well, for the moment this is the much we can tell you, it’s up to you wether to spend a lovely weekend in New York next days or not… Anyway we’ll keep you updated with any breaking news!