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“How can an artist enact change?” A guide to Frieze New York 2017, May 5 – 7

4 May 2017

The 2017 edition of Frieze New York at Randall’s Island Park opens May 5 to 7.

A large selection of international galleries will be participating, with our recommended booths including The Sunday Painter showing Piotr Lakomy, James Fuentes showing Lonnie Holley, Arsenal Contemporary showing Hannah Perry, Various Small Fires group exhibition with Amy Yao and Joshua Nathanson among others, Martos Gallery with Aura Rosenberg, Proyectos Ultravioleta with Akira Ikezoe and Carroll/Fletcher showing Thomson and Craighead

In addition to the booths will be four curated sections: site specific installations in Frieze Projects, a series of lectures and discussions in Frieze Talks, the year round program Frieze Education and gallery presentations in Frame + Spotlight.

Here are some events we recommend:

Talk by poet and Founder of Racial Imaginary Institute, Claudia Rankine – May 7

Panel discussion The activity of a lifetime chaired by Shuddhabrata Sengupta with Tania BrugueraAnri Sala and Jeanne van Heeswijk. The event will ask “how can an artist enact change?” and how different environments affect this question – May 6

A conversation and workshop with Ana Marie Peña and Brooke Lynn McGowan of Hands off our Revolution, a “global artist-led coalition that seeks to use art to counter right-wing rhetoric.” – May 7

Jon Rafman’s new Dream Journal video series “fusing amateur 3D animation and niche genres of computer-generated erotica” – May 5 -7

Visit the Frieze New York website for details**

Jon Rafman, ‘Dream Journal’ (2017) Video still. Courtesy the artist + Frieze New York.




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Frieze 2016 recommendations, Oct 6 – 9

3 October 2016

London’s Frieze Art Fair 2016 is opening October 6 and running to October 9. The event will be host to a range of curated exhibitions, talks, performances and events, with a keynote presentation by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

See below for our recommendations of the main event, and here for offsite and fringe events:


A daily series of lunchtime discussions will focus this years’ attention on ‘Borderlands’, inviting artists such as Hannah Black, Fatima Al Qadiri, Alexandra BachzetsisJosh Kline, Jill Magid and Lauren Cornell among others to discuss “the geographic, social and psychological borders that we construct and fight to break down.”


Bringing together editors, writers and special guests, the reading room will host Stephanie Bailey in conversation with Sophia Al-Maria and Lawrence Lek, as well as conversations with Keren Cytter, Jon Rafman and Donna Huanca.


A programme of performances will take place every day from October 5 to 9, including ‘Jõusaal (Gym)’ by Augustas Serapinas —who is currently showing Housewarming with Emalin in London —as well as Lloyd Corporation, and Mahmoud Khaled who will explore themes of censorship and surveillance.


This years Frieze projects, curated by Raphael Gygaxlooks at ‘transformation’ through sound, theatre, dance and literature, with work by Coco Fusco, Martin Soto Climent, and Frieze Artist Award-winner Yuri Pattison and more.


We recommend checking out the all-woman booth at Dubai’s The Third Line, as well Liz Magic Laser at Various Small Fires (VSF), Los Angeles.

See a more booth picks below:

303 Gallery, New York
47 Canal, New York
Antenna Space, Shanghai
The Approach, London
Arcadia Missa, London
The Breeder, Athens
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Birmingham
Callicoon Fine Arts, New York
Chewday’s, London
C L E A R I N G, New York
Pilar Corrias Gallery, London,
dépendance, Brussels
Exile, Berlin
Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Herald St, London
High Art, Paris
Ibid Gallery, London + Los Angeles
Jan Kaps, Cologne
König Galerie, London
Koppe Astner, Glasgow
Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna
Limoncello, London
Martos Gallery, New York
Galerie Neu, Berlin
Night Gallery, Los Angeles
P.P.O.W, New York
Peres Projects, Berlin
Galeria Plan B, Berlin
Seventeen, London
Silberkuppe, Berlin
Sprüth Magers, London
Société, Berlin
The Sunday Painter, London
Supportico Lopez, Berlin
Truth and Consequences, Geneva
David Zwirner, London.**

Header Image: Liz Magic Laser, ‘Primal Speech’ (2016). Single-channel video installation. Courtesy the artist + VSF


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