Must-See Solo Exhibitions at Frieze New York 2022A vending machine by Albert Oehlen, Plexiglass gridworks by Charles Gaines and more.
Frieze is returning for the second time at The Shed — New York’s multidisciplinary arts venue in Hudson Yards. Ringing in its 10th anniversary this year, the art fair’s Big Apple edition will play host to 65 galleries with several blue-chip names offering solo, group and themed presentations by some of the world’s pioneering artists.
Highlights include a solo presentation of works by Carol Bove at David Zwirner, Albert Oehlen at Gagosian, Mai-Thu Perret at David Kordansky as well as large-scale works by Charles Gaines at Hauser & Wirth. Moreover, Sadie Coles HQ will spotlight pieces by Alex Da Corte to coincide with a list of celebrated artists such as Urs fischer and Sarah Lucas. Not to mention Perrotin will display sculptures from its star-studded roster of artists such as Paola Pivi, Bharti Kher, Daniel Arsham, and Takashi Murakami.
While a slew of programs abound, a solo exhibition at Frieze is significant and crucial for any artist that offers people to focus solely on his or her work and allow them to understand their vision. We’ve compiled a quick listicle of one artist shows to check out at The Shed. Read on below and keep this article in hand as you navigate the busy Frieze New York 2022 art fair that is running from May 18-22.
Albert Oehlen at Gagosian, Booth B8
Gagosian is hosting a solo presentation of work by Albert Oehlen. With a thematic focus on commercialism, the booth features a vending machine offering Kafftee/Cofftea, a hybrid coffee/tea beverage developed by Oehlen in collaboration with Aqua Monaco. A limited number of bottles will be available to the public free of charge.
The booth also spotlights four paintings from 2014 that reinforce the artist’s commercial concept. These canvases fuse a graphic Pop art aesthetic with gestural, abstract marks made using hands, rags, and spray cans, as well as with traditional brushes.
Latifa Echakhch at Pace, Booth B12
Pace is presenting a series of new paintings by Moroccan-born, Switzerland-based artist Latifa Echakhch. The gallery’s booth acts as an extension to Echakhch’s solo exhibition at Pace’s London space called “Night Time.” The works at the fair also connect thematically to the artist’s presentation, titled “The Concert,” at the 59th Venice Biennale, where she is representing Switzerland. Spotlighting six paintings created by Echakhch in 2022, the works features the artist’s signature visual vocabulary of signs, systems, and allusions. Echakhch employs a naive fresco technique of painting to transpose images of nightlife in Lausanne, Switzerland that were originally created by the artist’s friend, photographer Sim Ouch.
Carol Bove at David Zwirner, Booth B14
David Zwirner is exhibiting new sculptures by Carol Bove set in an installation designed by the artist herself. “Bove’s new sculptures convey an apparent lightness that belies their materiality,” said the gallery in a statement.
Within the installation, two works are presented on Ettore Sottsass–designed tables and displayed as sculptural exhibition furniture, while others are mounted on display walls covered in a synthetic orange-coral fabric that replicates the color of the sculptures’ surfaces. “The works appear alternately to vibrate or recede in front of the surrounding walls,” the gallery added. Altogether, Bove toys with the concept of materiality in this head-turning installation that blurs the lines between art and design.
Mai-Thu Perret at David Kordansky, Booth B1
David Kordansky Gallery is showcasing a selection of sculptures by Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret. The artist is known for her multidisciplinary practice that explores feminist counter-narratives and mystical and utopian impulses. The works on display are related to Perret’s pieces her solo exhibition called “Real Estate” that is on view at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome through June 26, 2022.
These particular works center upon her interest in the goddesses of Roman mythology “while conceptually reframing archetypal narratives and iconography throughout this presentation,” the gallery said in an statement.
Charles Gaines at Hauser & Wirth, Stand B05
Hauser & Wirth is spotlighting five new large-scale works by Charles Gaines from his celebrated Numbers and Trees. To accompany the five Plexiglas gridworks on view, the gallery is also serving up a limited-edition etching by Gaines in support of Moving Chains — the artist’s forthcoming public art project with Creative Time.
“In the new works, Gaines has reversed his signature process of layering for the first time since he began the Plexiglas series in 1986 – printing enlarged photographic details of a tree on top of the Plexiglas instead of on the work’s back panel,” said the gallery in a statement. “This new approach brings the tree’s shadowy branches to the foreground and obscures the brightly colored, numbered grid painted below it.”
While The Shed hosts the main fair, other contemporary art events are on view throughout the city. Satellite events include a new digital art gallery set to open in the 50th Street Station in Times Square, a group exhibition curated by Jack Siebert called “Life in an Ivory Tower,” Lauren Halsey’s self-titled solo exhibition at David Kordansky Galley in Chelsea, and Murakami’s augmented reality-infused exhibition at Gagosian called “An Arrow through History.”
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