Frieze Week: Wednesday Preview

Frieze New York opens for Preview Day: here’s your guide to some of the highlights

Frieze New York opens today for an invitation-only Preview Day. Alongside the world’s leading galleries, don’t miss out on the fair’s extensive programme of performances, talks and screenings.

Don't miss Diálogos, a themed section of the fair focusing on art by contemporary Latinx and Latin American artists including Gala Porras-Kim (Commonwealth and Council) who is featuring in this year's Whitney Biennial; and Ana Mendieta at Galerie Lelong & Co., Ken Gonzales-Day at Luis De Jesus and Dario Robleto at Inman Gallery, amongst others.

This year’s Spotlight section places special emphasis on the radical potential of drawing. Walden, Buenos Aires (S17) present a series of works by Luis Fernando Benedit, produced during his time with the experimental Argentine group CaYC in the 1960s, concerned with the relationship between art and science. And MCMC gallery (S3) presents work by the experimental Argentine artist Eduardo Costa, known for his ‘volumetric paintings’.

Luis Fernando Benedit, Marcas (Branding), 1991. Courtesy: Walden, Buenos Aires

Luis Fernando Benedit, Marcas (Branding), 1991. Courtesy: Walden, Buenos Aires

Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Acute Art, has specially curated a Virtual Reality section for Frieze New York – entitled Electric – which will include work by Anish Kapoor, Rachel Rossin and Koo Jeong A. Visitors will experience two programmes, Alternate Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC), alternating every half hour. Electric is supported by Lifewtr, who are also providing headsets so you can enjoy the artworks beyond the fair, throught the Acute Art phone app.

Look out for the fair’s Frame section, which celebrates emerging galleries aged 10 years or younger. Mariane Ibrahim, Seattle (F4) presents multidisciplinary artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, whose work investigates power and its structures – political, social, architectural. Gordon Robichaux, New York (F16) presents Sanou Oumar, whose intricate drawings emerge from a real yet imaginative desire for home: ‘The reason I am alive is because of them’, the artist says. And Veda, Florence (F20) presents Amitai Romm, who uses magnetic rods and 3D printers to devise survival strategies for a hybrid ecology.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Floor II, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Floor II, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

Meanwhile join artist Faith Ringgold at 4pm at the Matchesfashion lounge – the artist, activist, lecturer and author will be in conversation with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries in London.

And don’t miss Frieze Sculpture, presented at Rockefeller Center with participating artists including Sarah Sze, Hank Willis Thomas and Goshka Macuga. Paulo Nazareth, for his first public artwork in New York, will memorialize pivotal figures of the Civil Rights movement while Jose Dávila’s New York debute merges natural stone with modern concrete.

Check back during the week for more day-by-day guides to Frieze New York.

Main image: Gala Porras-Kim, 13 International Dogs, 2019. Courtesy: the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles

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