Talks, sound works, processions and the twentieth century masterpieces - start the weekend at Frieze
The sun is still out and the breezy journey on the Frieze ferry, departing East 34th St Dock every twenty minutes to Randall’s Island, offers a perfect cooling respite.
Inside the fair, listen out for two of the installations from the curated Live program. Renée Green’s installation of colourful poetic patterns is joined by a pendant sound piece which plays periodically by the North Entrance. Throughout the day, Alfredo Jaar’s commission plays across the tannoy, bring a discordant perspective to the whole fair.
For a more intimate aural experience, don’t miss today’s Frieze Talks, taking place in the Talks Space near the North Entrance. At 12pm, Professor Fred Moten - author of the influential In the Break among other works - talks with artist Sondra Perry.
At 3pm, novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge talks about her debut, We Love You, Charlie Freeman, with historian Kerri Greenidge, moderated by Rujeko Hockley of the Whitney Museum.
Starting at 3pm, it’s the last chance to catch Lara Schnitger’s Live piece, the debut American iteration of ‘Suffragette City’, which today only leave the fair and processes outdoors around Randall’s Island Park. A resonant gesture, given that 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
With historical goggles on, take a trail of some of the outstanding twentieth century works on view at the fair. At Galerie Blau (F2), see early drawings by Andy Warhol, alongside the photographic imagery that inspired then - a formative part of the master’s evolution. One of Warhol’s circle, Alice Neel, is represented by a masterful portrait at Victoria Miro (B5), while Keith Haring, a younger disciple, has a major 1982 work near the fair South Entrance at Acquvella Galleries (E11). Nearby, more stand out works abound, including a rare Bruce Nauman sculpture at Hauser & Wirth (E10), End Tunnel Folded Into Four Arms with Common Walls (1980); an investigation of the relationship between drawing and sculpture in the work of Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Morris at Castelli (F11); and works by David Salle, Cindy Sherman and George Condo at Skarstedt (E14).
Michael Rosenfeld (C22) has chosen to show a survey of women working with collage and assemblage - including some striking works by Nancy Grossman and Betye Saar - at Michael Rosenfeld (C22), while Lelong (B16) explores issues of migration, movement and borders with works by Ana Mendieta and Krzysztof Wodiczko, among others. Finally, don’t miss the linguistic neon works by Conceptual pioneer Joseph Kosuth, on view at Spruth Magers (C12) and in a striking (and social media friendly) solo booth at Almine Rech (C24).
Along the way, take a break with a cone from Morgenstern’s Finest Ices, or beer and a slice on the Roberta’s pizza deck: or try lunch at Foul Witch, a pop-up from Brooklyn’s Michelin-starred Blanca, where experimental cuisine and stunning views over the East River come together.
Around town, new institutional shows opening include ‘Chaim Soutine: Flesh’ at the Jewish Museum and ‘One Hand Clapping’ at the Guggenheim Museum, while over in L.I.C., it’s the Springtoberfest edition of the ever popular Night at the Museum events at MoMA PS1.
Frieze New York 2018 runs May 3-6.