Frieze New York comes to Randall’s Island once again this May. I always look forward to this fair, now in it’s fifth year, because it is a vanguard of sorts: immersive, international, and experiential, it brings together a diverse group of galleries and artists from all stages of their careers who are not afraid to explore new media and advance the conversation of Contemporary art.
Of the many works I have previewed in advance of the fair, I am particularly excited about two young American artists working in the space of Minimalism, Sam Moyer and N. Dash. Each artist will have a solo presentations that provides an opportunity to fully explore the scope of their work, N. Dash at Casey Kaplan and Sam Moyer with Rodolphe Janssen. N. Dash combines organic media including adobe, indigo, and jute with more traditional painting materials, such as gesso and acrylic. Her serene, sculptural paintings are imbued with the contradictory sensibilities of fragility and permanence. Sam Moyer builds paintings out of marble, MDF, Plexiglas, and ink. She brings a fresh, refined aesthetic to sculptural issues of weight and measure, seen through the lens of painting.
Markus Amm, a German painter who mines the Sublime, will also have a solo presentation at Frieze New York, care of London-based gallery Herald St. Amm’s realm is pure color, achieved through multiple layers of sanded paint. The surface is mesmerizing, as is the emotive power that only color can provoke.
I’m also looking at more figuration by young artists like New-York-based Benjamin Senior and Julie Beaufils with Los Angeles gallery Overduin & Co. Senior, represented by James Fuentes Gallery, marries the American Modernism of Reginald Marsh with a hint of Surrealism in small paintings that are at once bright, bustling, and formally complex. Beaufils – who will have her first solo museum exhibition at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse this spring – gives figuration a Conceptual spin with references to music and French new wave film as an escape from reality. Her cool palette of black, white, gray, and dusky blue is appropriate for such contemplative works.
This is just a tiny taste of the plethora of styles on view this coming week. From special projects such as a keynote address from Eileen Myles to a “surprise” performance by Maurizio Cattelan, it’s almost impossible to navigate it all. That is one major advantage to working with an art specialist such as myself. If you have any questions, or would like to set up an appointment to visit the fair, please do not hesitate to be in touch!