Visionary Artists and Radical Work

Jeff Keen, Betye Saar and Keiji Uemetsu in Spotlight

Each booth in Spotlight showcases a pioneering 20th-century artist who, for reasons of gender, geography or non-conformity, has been historically overlooked — Toby Kamps

Opening up new perspectives on recent art history, Spotlight at Frieze New York continues to expand its scope, with a record 35 presentations that bring together visionary artists and radical practice.

With a focus on art since the 1960s and also including rare bodies of work by established figures, visitors to Spotlight this year can expect to see:

The persistence of African traditions in the Americas, shown in American feminist artist Betye Saar’s collage works and in the abstract forms of Brazilian sculptor and Egungun priest Mestre Didi 

Japanese artists Kazuyo Kinoshita, Atsuko Tanaka, Keiji Uematsu and Eiji Uematsu, who reached for new and iconoclastic forms of expression in the postwar period


Kazuyo Kinoshita, '87-CA389, 1987. Oil on canvas, 164 × 132cm. Courtesy: Gallery Yamaki Fine Art

Kazuyo Kinoshita, '87-CA389, 1987. Oil on canvas, 164 × 132cm. Courtesy: Gallery Yamaki Fine Art

Paul Kos and William Leavitt’s playful and irreverent Conceptualism, matched by the inventiveness of their East Coast counterpart, Bill Beckley

Radically different forms of Pop Art from both sides of the Atlantic: evinced in the work of the American painter Allan D’Arcangelo, British filmmaker and collage artist Jeff Keen, and Spanish photographer and object maker Dario Villalba


Jeff Keen, Secret Comic 3, 1965. Paper collage, 45 × 35 cm. Courtesy: Hales Gallery, London

Jeff Keen, Secret Comic 3, 1965. Paper collage, 45 × 35 cm. Courtesy: Hales Gallery, London

Numerous artists whose practices resist categorization: from Billy Al Bengston’s psychedelic ‘moondoggie’ series from the 1980s to Emma Amos’s unconventional depiction of African American subjects


Billy Al Bengston, Shabaka, 1989. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 1878 × 224cm. Courtesy: the artist and Various Small Fires

Billy Al Bengston, Shabaka, 1989. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 1878 × 224cm. Courtesy: the artist and Various Small Fires 

The fourth edition of Spotlight at Frieze New York is curated by Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston) for the third time. Watch his guide to last year’s edition - which featured artists Teresa Burga, Barbara Chase-Riboud and Virginina Jaramillo below.


Explore participating Galleries and Artists here:

Gallery 38, Tokyo with Eiji Uematsu
acb, Budapest with Imre Bak
Luis Adelantado, Valencia with Darío Villalba
albertz benda, New York with Bill Beckley
Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco with Paul Kos
Arario Gallery, Seoul with Keiji Uematsu
Galerie Hervé Bize, Nancy with Jack Youngerman
Ethan Cohen, New York with Hans Breder
Dastan’s Basement, Tehran with Ardeshir Mohassess
Honor Fraser, Los Angeles with William Leavitt
Haines Gallery, San Francisco with David Simpson
Hales, London with Jeff Keen
Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai with Mohan Samant
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York with Cameron
Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin with Natela Iankoshvili
Lyles & King, New York with Mira Schor
M & L Fine Art, London with Franco Grignani
Partners & Mucciaccia, London with Carla Accardi
Allegra Nomad Gallery, Bucharest with Pavel Ilie
Galeria Marilia Razuk, São Paulo with Mestre Didi
Roberts Projects, Los Angeles with Betye Saar
Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York with FX Harsono
Royale Projects, Los Angeles with Clinton Hill
Ryan Lee, New York with Emma Amos
Sakurado Fine Arts, Tokyo with Atsuko Tanaka
Richard Saltoun, London with Bice Lazzari
Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles with Cameron
Sicardi Ayers Bacino, Houston with León Ferrari
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York with Allan D’Arcangelo
Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York with Helen Lundeberg
Various Small Fires (VSF), Los Angeles with Billy Al Bengston
Vintage Galéria, Budapest with Vera Molnar
Weiss Berlin, Berlin with Ed Clark
Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe with Kazuyo Kinoshita
Zürcher Gallery, New York with Merrill Wagner

Tickets for Frieze New York 2018 are available here.

Main image: Billy Al Bengston, Shabaka (detail), 1989. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 1878 × 224cm. Courtesy: the artist and Various Small Fires


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