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Rain & Shine, The Show Went On: Inside Frieze New York

05/11/2016

Frieze New York 2016 The Breeder Gallery Jannis Varela Contemporary Art

The 5th edition of the Frieze New York Art Fair went on seamlessly regardless of the unsettled weather were experiencing last week. The last time I was in Randall’s Island with similar weather patterns, the island was evacuated due to flooding. This statement along, made Frieze New York 2016 a success. Over 200 galleries from across 31 countries played their part, and competed to capture the visitors’ attention with aspiring museum level presentations under the coveted white tent. I made my way to the fair via ferry during a gloomy early Friday afternoon. This was a nice alternative to finish the work week, with a soothing and quiet ride on the East River. The brightly lit tent filled with colorful art works and fashionable outfits alike made me forget about the grey skies looming over the New York City skylight as soon as I enter the fair.

Frieze New York 2016 contemporary art Heather Phillipson's 'clash of nervous system' Mixed Media

Heather Phillipson’s ‘100% Other Fibres’ Mixed Media part of Frieze’s Projects

2016’s Frieze New York brought an exuberant collection of solo shows, Frieze Projects, artist talks and fair goers. Stroll along while I take you on a cyber tour of the most talked about and obviously instagrammed works from the fair. Because let’s face it, it didn’t happen, unless you Instagrammed about it 😋

CANADA Frieze Art Fair New York Contemporary Art

CANADA was one of the most fun and comfiest booths at the fair. Yes, you read right, comfiest. The booth was carpeted with an assortment of plush colorful rugs that made you feel as if you were walking on fluffy clouds and a little self-conscious about stepping on something so beautiful. CANADA curated their booth with the help New York-based artist Katherine Bernhardt. A group of equally talented and playful artists joined Bernhardt for one of the coolest, homiest booths at the fair.

Frieze New York 2016 CANADA Gallery Contemporary Art

CANADA Gallery

Frieze New York 2016 Anton Kern Gallery Contemporary Art

Anton Kern Gallery

Frieze New York 2016 William Kentridge Marian Goodman Gallery

Solo presentation of William Kentridge at the Marian Goodman Gallery

The Marian Goodman Gallery provided a sophisticated and romantic aspect to the art fair with black and white sketch works and sculptures by William Kentridge.

Vik Muniz Frieze Art New York Contemporary photography collage

Vik Muniz at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery

Vik Muniz at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery Frieze New York

Close-Up of Vik Muniz at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery

Frieze New York 2016 Jonathan Lasker at the Cheim & Read Booth

Jonathan Lasker at the Cheim & Read Booth

Sommer Contemporary's Booth Frieze New York Contemporary Art

Sommer Contemporary’s Booth

Frieze New York 2016 Contemporary Art

John Giorno at Elizabeth Dee’s Booth

Frieze New York 2016

Color, color and more color! White Cube gallery assembled a fun multi-faceted presentation where bright colors reigned supreme.  A multi-colored site specific painting by artist Sarah Morris was the leader of their pack.

Frieze New York 2016 Instituto de Visión Contemporary Art

Instituto de Visión’s booth

Kerlin Gallery Contemporary Art Frieze New York

Kerlin Gallery’s Booth

Frieze New York 2016

Another favorite of mine for it’s aesthetically pleasing use of space, materials and color was the Rachel Uffner’s booth. Leonhard Hurzlmeier’s cubist inspired color-block portraits worked harmoniously with the clean lines and color story of Pam Lins’ ceramic sculptures.

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The 70s earthy color trend was also seemed across the fair. One big advocate was the Brazilian gallery Fortes Vilaça who brought a show stopping and fluid presentation of works by Cuban artist duo Los Carpinteros and Adriana Varejão.

Frieze New York 2016 Contemporary Art Faig Ahmed & L.N. tallur at the Nature Morte's Booth

Faig Ahmed & L.N. tallur at the Nature Morte’s Booth

Frieze New York 2016 Contemporary Art Galerie Sultana Jacin Giordano & Pia Camil

Jacin Giordano & Pia Camil at the Galerie Sultana’s Booth

Frieze New York 2016 Contemporary Art Jacin Giordano at Galerie Sultana's Booth

Jacin Giordano at Galerie Sultana’s Booth

Frieze New York 2016

Despina Stokou, Nancy Shaver, Alyson Shotz & Peter Lindebusk at the Derek Eller’s Booth

Frieze New York 2016

Frieze New York 2016 Athena Papadopoulos

Solo presentation of Athena Papadopoulos at the Supportico Lopez booth

Supportico Lopez’s booth presented a solo show by Athena Papadopoulos, a newbie to the gallery who obviously has proven her worth. This was an autobiographical show filled with personal details reminiscent of Louise Bourgeois’ aesthetic.

Frieze New York 2016 Yayoi Kusama Contemporary Art

Yayoi Kusama at the Victoria Miro Gallery

Frieze New York 2016

Frieze New York 2016

Frieze New York Contemporary Art fair Anthea Hamilton Mario Bellini

Anthea Halmiton, one of the artists part of the Frieze Projects paid homage to Italian architect Mario Bellini with a replica of the designer’s innovative Kar-a-sutra, a MOBILE HUMAN SPACE to stretch out, sleep, smile, chat face-to-face, stand up, enjoy the sun, take photos, play cards, eat and drink, make love, buy a horse and a piano along the way….  

Frieze New York 2016

Frieze New York 2016

Frieze New York 2016 Cheim & Read Ghada Amer Contemporary art

Ghada Amer at the Cheim & Read Booth

Frieze New York 2016

Beatriz Milhazes at the James Cohen Booth

Frieze New York 2016 Bigger Than Life Alex Da Corte FREE MONEY

Alex Da Corte FREE MONEY part of Frieze’s Projects

Frieze New York will be back next year and undoubtedly bigger and better. Are you ready?

Follow Up Next Week for my Re-cap of 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair

Photos By: Me! Priscilla Torres

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