May 08 2014

Asian Gallery Highlights at Frieze New York

by Paul Laster

The third edition of Frieze New York, which returns to its gigantic white tent on Randall’s Island Park from May 9 through May 12, features a remarkable 18 exhibitors from Asia, including a smart mix of established and emerging galleries from Japan, Korea, China, India, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Israel and Turkey—a strong showing which reflects a growing interest in the region. 

Below are some highlights from the fair selected by ArtAsiaPacific’s New York desk editor Paul Laster.

AKI SASAMOTOTalking in Circles in Talking, 2012, stainless steel mixing bowls, ice picks, handmade contact microphones, sound mixer, gaff tape, zip tie, plastic stoppers, shoelaces, small found objects, ice blocks and melting ice sound file. Courtesy Take Ninagawa Gallery, Tokyo.

In the Focus section, devoted to galleries founded after 2003, Frieze New York veteran Take Ninagawa from Tokyo presents a new installation by Aki Sasamoto that explores the dynamic between sculpture, language and the spectral body through a composition of household objects.

YEESOOKYUNG, from the “Translated vase” series (2001–  ), ceramic shards, epoxy, 24k gold leaf, 66 × 50 × 57 cm. Courtesy Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Tina Kim Gallery, New York.

More established spaces at the fair are situated in the Galleries section. Kukje Gallery from Seoul has partnered with Tina Kim Gallery from New York to display artists associated with the Korean monochrome movement, Dansaekhwa. Alongside these 20th-century pioneers are emerging stars, such as Haegue Yang and Yeesookyung. The latter is exhibiting her “Translated Vase” series (2001– ) made from ceramic shards bonded together with epoxy and gold leaf.

GUO HONGWEIInto the Void #3, 2014, collage on paper, 35.7 × 54.3 cm. Courtesy Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai. 

Shanghai’s Leo Xu Projects has on view Guo Hongwei’s reinterpretation of Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1951 movie Oyu-Sama in the Frame section, which showcases galleries under eight years old. This work explores the relationship between affairs of the heart and the social mores that define a people and a time.

AMIR H. FALLAHIn The Clutches Of Tennessee, 2014, acrylic, collage, colored pencil and oil on paper mounted to panel, 152.4 × 121.9 cm. Courtesy the artist and The Third Line, Dubai.

Dubai’s The Third Line has a group exhibition,which includes artists Hassan Hajjaj and Amir H. Fallah. Hajjaj’s photos of stylish friends shot at pop-up studios erected on the streets of Morocco, London, Paris and Kuwait, alongside Fallah’s painted portraits of individuals with the objects that shape their identities, explore alternative modes of portraiture.

JOAV BAREL, Untitled, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 75 × 50 cm. Courtesy Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv’s Tempo Rubato presents a selection of paintings and sculptures by pop artist Joav Barel, a pivotal figure in the Israeli avant-garde of the 1960s and ’70s. Perhaps more subtle but no less titillating were  works by Meriç Algün Ringborg whose videos and monochromatic canvases made from bookbinding materials explore concepts of authorship and creation, which are on view at Istanbul’s Galeri NON.

NİLBAR GÜREŞ, Junction from the series “TrabZONE,” 2010, C-print, 103 × 152 cm. Courtesy Rampa, Istanbul.
NİLBAR GÜREŞ, Junction from the series “TrabZONE,” 2010, C-print, 103 × 152 cm. Courtesy Rampa, Istanbul.

Frieze New York runs through May 12, 2014.