Despite all the odds, the 2021 edition of Frieze New York is officially underway. That year, the fair left its Randall Island home in favor of Hudson Yards’ The Shed, just north of all of the Chelsea Galleries (and no ferry ride is required). There are other differences too; Proof of a negative Covid-19 test or vaccination is required for entry. In addition to 160 online galleries, only 60 dealers are available (around 30 compared to the last edition in New York). But it’s about quality, not quantity, and it doesn’t seem to bother anyone: Frieze managed to sell all of his tickets. Check out some of the highlights here to enjoy both at the IRL and at home.
A look at Precious Okoyomon’s This God Is a Slow Recovery (2021) in the shed.
Photo by Da Ping Luo, courtesy of Da Ping Luo / Frieze
Precious Okoyomon, the Nigerian-American winner of this year’s Frieze Artist Award, took over the 17,000 square meter event hall of the Shed with its representation of the Tower of Babel, which is now available in video form.
Katherine Bernhardt, Mas de ti, 2021.
Photo courtesy of Canada Gallery
The Canadian gallery of TriBeCa delivers again with one of the huge ETs by Katherine Bernhardt, this time together with Bart Simpson in a Supreme shirt.
An installation view of works by Hank Willis Thomas in Frieze New York.
Photo by Casey Kelbaugh, courtesy Casey Kelbaugh / Frieze
The Vision & Justice project, which focuses on justice for black Americans, asked participants such as Carrie Mae Weems, Mel Chin, and Hank Willis Thomas, “How are the arts responsible for disrupting, complicating, or narrative visual representation to move? the public kingdom? “
Mungo Thomson, Snowman, 2020.
Courtesy of Karma
Art fairs never disappoint when it comes to absurdity, and Mungo Thomson’s stack of Amazon boxes in the Karma gallery is definitely a blast. (The piece, titled Snowman, is $ 55,000.)
Nina Chanel Abney, imaginary friend, 2020.
Courtesy Acute Art
The mass also extends outside of The Shed; Download the Acute Art App and you’ll find an entire exhibition of augmented reality works by artists like Bjarne Melgaard and Nina Chanel Abney.
Ivy Haldeman, Colossus, forearms up, one eye, hands holding Thu (hairstyle), 2021.
Courtesy Downs & Ross
Downs & Ross introduces a range of young talent: Ragna Bley, Rute Merk, Willa Chasmsweet Wasserman and rising star Ivy Haldeman.
Antwaun Sargent for Matches Fashion.
Photo by Clement Pascal
Matches Fashion has put together Voices From Frieze New York, a helpful audio guide courtesy of the curators and authors Antwaun Sargent and Kimberly Drew, as well as Jenny Schlenzka from Performance Space New York and the artist Dana Lok.
A still of Amy Sherald painted by Michelle Obama from the documentary Black Art: In the Absence of Light (2021).
Courtesy of HBO
HBO’s in-depth documentary Black Art: In the Absence of Light on Friday. Director Sam Pollard was inspired by David Driskell’s seminal 1976 exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art.
Marco Brambilla’s act descends stairs number 3 and can be seen on Crosby Street by Maison Margiela.
Photo by Nick D’Emilio
Elsewhere (and more accessible) in town, Marco Brambilla fluted Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase for an AI algorithm-generated installation in Maison Margiela’s Crosby Street outpost. (You can identify the artist by his recent collaboration with Cate Blanchett.)