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May 07 2021

Roundup from Frieze New York 2021

by Paul Laster

TAL R’s bronze sculpture Young Boy Walking (2019), portraying a crudely formed, comical figure in motion, stands alongside his surreal still life painting Untitled Flowers (2020) at Anton Kern Gallery (New York), with ALIZA NISENBAUM’s canvas Neena dreams of DJing (2021) flanking it and NICOLE EISENMAN’s small Untitled (2021) painting further back. All photos by Paul Laster for ArtAsiaPacific.

Relocating from Randall’s Island for a pared down edition at The Shed in Hudson Yards due to Covid-19 crowd restrictions, Frieze New York looks sharp, lively, and—other than the limited tickets and multiple procedures to gain entry—is easy to view.

The tenth edition of the fair presents 64 international galleries, with the majority of them from the United States or with branches in New York and Los Angeles. Most of the exhibitors opted for group presentations, with the exception of a few, including David Zwirner (New York / London / Hong Kong), James Cohan (New York), and Company (New York), which mounted solo shows of Dana Schutz, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and WangShui, respectively. Among the duo presentations were Huma Bhabha and Daniel Hesidence at Salon 94 (New York), and John Pai and Minjung Kim at Gallery Hyundai (Seoul).

Here are some of the highlights from the fair:

Combining a hand-blown, floral glass vessel with a bronze casting of her own hand, KELLY AKASHI’s Life Forms (2021) captures a surreal situation in which the artist’s hand is mysteriously seen modifying her own artwork at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (New York / Los Angeles).
Combining a hand-blown, floral glass vessel with a bronze casting of her own hand, KELLY AKASHI’s Life Forms (2021) captures a surreal situation in which the artist’s hand is mysteriously seen modifying her own artwork at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (New York / Los Angeles).
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Paul Laster is a New York desk editor of ArtAsiaPacific.

Frieze New York 2021 runs from May 5 to 9, 2021.

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