Returning this year to The Shed in New York City’s recently redeveloped Hudson Yards, the 2023 edition of Frieze New York is now open, with a range of shows and projects spread throughout the exhibition space that include ambitious solo projects, surveys of gallery rosters, and focused, historical presentations that underscore the fair’s place as both a site for discovery, and one of the premier selling events of the yearly art world calendar. With a range dealers on hand from New York and around the globe, the fair signals something of a scale-back from the sizable expanses of the versions held at Randalls Island, yet nevertheless presents a dynamic and immersive program.
Continuing its role as a staple of the spring art season, and offering an intimate but engaging program, the fair’s continued footprint in New York offers ample opportunities for visitors to visit and explore, with sales expected to follow close behind. Participants had risen to the occasion, with impressive offerings spread throughout the multi-floor layout. At David Zwirner, one could browse a number of works on offer, among them an impressive set of Suzan Frecon paintings, while at David Kordansky, the gallery had coated its booth in a dense, reflective silver coating, perfect for the gesturally vivid works of artist Lauren Halsey. Also of note was a striking booth by artist Izumi Kato on view at Perrotin, combining surreal sculptural works and intriguing, multi canvas compositions that added a note of the otherworldly to the fair offering. By contrast, Kukje Gallery’s booth dedicated to the works of artist Jean-Michel Othoniel managed to enter similar territory with a range of restrained, gleaming sculptures and wall-mounted works that continued the artist’s experiments with light, material, and the mechanisms of perception.
At White Cube, the gallery was presenting a veritable who’s-who of late 20th and early 21st Century works, including striking compositions by Damien Hirst and Luc Tuymans, the varied approaches and techniques of each artist showcasing an intriguing series of comments and considerations on space, energy and color. Meanwhile, Massimo de Carlo’s booth had a series of striking Sanford Biggers compositions that offered an engaging material counterpoint.
Once again showcasing the best of contemporary art both here and abroad, Frieze New York is open through May 21st.
– D. Creahan
Frieze New York [Exhibition Site]