8 artists to check out at frieze new york

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    by elizabeth buck · May 13, 2015

    Photo via Daniel Arsham

    It’s been an equally exhaustive and inspiring month for the jet-lagged art world that’s just getting back from the Venice Biennale. Still, it’s not quite time to sit down. For the fourth installment of Frieze New York, fanatical art hounds with some serious collecting to do, as well as moseying admirers with some serious Instagramming to do, will sprawl Randall’s Island Park among nearly 200 worldwide galleries.

    This year, the powerhouse of an art fair will include a hidden maze, obstructed subterranean space, and massage chairs to get lost in between the booths, openings, pop-ups, and auctions off and on the island. The incredibly dynamic mix of galleries, artists, and influencers is one that’s not to be missed. Here are our picks for the eight artists to watch at this year’s Frieze New York.


    Photo by Anna-Sophie Berger

    Anna-Sophie Berger
    As one of the fashion world’s favorite art/fashion hybrids, Anna-Sophie Berger lives and works in Vienna, Austria, creating fashion for art spaces, and art for fashion spaces. Rather than getting hung up on the definitions of the two, she uses them to examine production and delivery processes, and questions what gives art and fashion value. The internet fawned over Berger a few years ago for her FASHION IS FAST collection, which featured clothing made for sale, but since then she’s been hanging more garments on gallery walls, making print works, experimenting with textiles as sculpture, presenting performance pieces, and even producing a series of temporary tattoos.

    Photo via GCC

    Drawing its name and inspiration from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the GCC artist collective explores the culture of the Arab Gulf nations. The nine artists that make up the GCC create inside and outside the visual art world, touching mediums like music, but are all united by a humanitarian conscience. The collective produces flashy work that both celebrates and imitates the global political problem solving that’s conducted in the Gulf region. Coinciding with last year’s Frieze London, the GCC’s exhibition, Achievements in Swiss Summit, featured a Rolls Royce—the official transportation for the Gulf Cooperation Council—at the entrance, which visitors could take a ride in to experience a sound installation before entering the larger gallery space of photos, videos, and sculptures. We can’t promise a Rolls Royce, but the GCC’s explorations of collectivism and rituals won’t disappoint.

    Photo via Lisa Williamson

    Lisa Williamson
    Lisa Williamson’s bold multimedia work emphasizes a space for dialogue between objects and viewers. Her bright sculptures increasingly take on abstractly human personalities, particularly in last fall’s People in Nature, her first solo exhibition at Tif Sigfrids in Los Angeles, which featured wooden totems. Her work extends beyond sculpture to video, drawing, painting, and text. The way Williamson’s pieces work together in a space creates a community in which the works don’t seem to stop talking to both each other, and the viewers.



    Photo via Than Hussein Clark

    Than Hussein Clark
    Focused on environments, Than Hussein Clark creates installation interiors that face discomfort and anxiety, despite, or perhaps in spite of, their luxuriousness. His 2013 debut solo show, Waves (Das Glückliche Rothschild), at Mathew Gallery in Berlin, featured an intricately tufted carpet, odd metal structures, and a folding screen of mirrors, all in deeply rich colors that collectively made the space look like a virtual exhibition come to life. At Frieze his work will range from one-off sculptures to entire environments that straddle a boundary between set design, performance art, and interior décor. Clark’s talent for crafting spaces is perfect for a thoughtful change of pace at the fair.

    Photo via Amalia Ulman

    Amalia Ulman
    Conceptual artist Amalia Ulman often works from ideas of self via social media. You may have liked an Instagram photo she posted as part of her mega-ruse of indulgent selfies, a project to deconstruct social media’s manipulation of image and attitude. Ulman’s less retweeted projects include her solo exhibition earlier this year, Stock Images of War, an installation of metallic wire figures addressing confinement and fragile balances, at James Fuentes gallery in New York. Her work also spans digital prints, video, and other image-making, and is always intimately infused with her personal experience—one worth checking out at this weekend’s fair.

    Photo via Daniel Arsham

    Daniel Arsham
    The often celebrity-endorsed artist Daniel Arsham has a list of fans studded with the likes of Pharrell Williams and James Franco, attracting them with his explorations of illusion and decomposition. Through sculpture he uses volcanic ash to place objects in a gray, eroded, and dystopian setting. Using outdated technology, like CDs, boomboxes, or old film projectors, as subjects, there’s a simultaneous heavy-duty yet delicate feel to Arsham’s work. It’s as if a touch to these industrious objects might make them crumble to a pile of powdery ash. His dug-up-from-the-future style will be shown at Frieze with the unveiling of his new work, “Rose Quartz Eroded Chicago Bulls Jacket,” which is exactly the beautifully eerie sculpture it sounds like. Stop by Galerie Perrotin’s booth to check it out.



    Photo via Elad Lassry

    Elad Lassry
    Commercial stock photos or extreme conceptualism? This Los Angeles by way of Tel Aviv photographer appreciates the beauty in something that’s ever so perfectly off, employing heavy blurs and appropriative works. Lassry sees his photos to be objects, perpetually questioning image versus presence. Consequently, he also engages sculpture and textiles as part of his hyper-awareness of display-modes. He’ll be showing work this weekend that transcends photography and enters other forms of imagery, like drawings. As an artist who feels limitless, Lassry’s bend on viewer perceptions of his work solidifies him as an artist to scope out at Frieze. 

    Photo via Aaajiao

    Chinese digital artist Aaajiao’s architectural installations use sound and algorithms to alter meaning depending on visitors’ movements. At the crux of calculation and conceptualism, the immersive experience of Aaajiao’s work is incomparable. His work is technology-driven, but his interests are rooted more in the interactions of people with people, relying on technology, rather than people’s direct interactions with technology. Aaajiao holds smart notions of the future, with the goal of stimulating visitors’ eyes with the trigger of something digital. Objects that self-generate data, interactive spaces, and mass structures will be exhibited at this year’s Frieze.
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