The first week of May was an exciting and bustling time for the New York art scene with new gallery and museum exhibitions, the TEFAF’s art fair debut in the Park Avenue Armory, and Frieze NY once again opening on Randall’s Island. LSS Art Advisory has outlined some of our favorites below:
Frieze Art Fair:
This May marked the 6th annual edition of Frieze New York, a renowned art fair originally founded in London in 2003. Here are a few highlights from the over 200 galleries from 31 countries that exhibited this year:
Carole Bove at David Zwirner
For the gallery’s sixth consecutive year participating in Frieze New York, David Zwirner featured works by artist’s Carol Bove and William Eggleston. LSS Art Advisory was particularly captivated by Carol Bove’s works, including a sculpture entitled “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (2017).” Bove, known for her sculptures composed of both found and made objects will represent Switzerland in this year’s Venice Biennale.
Lorna Simpson at Hauser & Wirth
Artist Lorna Simpson presented stunning new large-scale ink and gessoed paintings, as well as strong sculptural works at the Hauser & Wirth booth at Frieze New York 2017. The exhibition marked her first-ever with the New York-based gallery.
John Currin at Gagosian
At Frieze NY 2017, Gagosian Gallery featured a salon-style presentation of several hundred framed works on paper by celebrated American painter John Currin. The drawings, which are reminiscent of works of the Old Masters, were hand picked by the artist and had never before been displayed beyond Currin’s studio, offering clients an introduction to rare works.
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF):
The infamous TEFAF art fair has taken place in Maastricht, the Netherlands since 1988. The inaugural TEFAF New York Spring art fair at the historic Park Avenue Armory for the first time this year consisted of 93 renowned exhibitors with highly curated museum quality artworks on offer.
Chelsea Gallery Shows Highlights:
Walead Beshty at Petzel
Open Source, an exhibition featuring new works by artist Walead Beshty, is on view at Petzel Gallery through June 17, 2017. The show is comprised of photographs and sculptural works representing Beshty’s interest in the artist’s process, emphasizing not only the visual integrity of the works, but also the labor required in creating and installing each piece.
Alex Katz at Timothy Taylor
Alex Katz: Subway Drawings, a solo-exhibition of notebook drawings by artist Alex Katz from the 1940’s is on view at Timothy Taylor through June 30, 2017. The small sketches depict various figures on the New York subway and often served as studies for his paintings. Katz’s works offer unique insight into the 1940’s in New York, adopting representational painting during a time when Abstract Expressionism was flourishing in the New York art scene.
Robert Longo at Metro Pictures
On view through June 17, 2017 at Metro Pictures is Robert Longo’s exhibition The Destroyer Cycle. Through the twelve large-scale charcoal drawings comprising the show, Longo contemplates important world events, such as in “Untitled (Raft at Sea),” which is derived from a Doctors Without Borders periodical and portrays a raft of refugees navigating the turbulent Mediterranean Sea.
Additional Must-See Gallery Shows:
Whitney Museum: Biennial
This year marked the seventy-eighth edition of the Whitney Biennial and featured works by sixty-three individuals and collectives in a variety of media, including painting, video game design, and installation. Among our favorites from this year’s Biennial, was the site-specific installation by artist Raul de Nieves “beginning & the end neither & the otherwise betwixt & between the end is the beginning & the end (2016).” The stained-glass panels, courtesy of Company Gallery (New York) are composed of wood, glue, acetate, paper, tape and beads, and portray a world of lifelessness and ruin.
Women Artists of Abstraction and Louise Lawler at MoMA
Louise Lawler: Why Pictures Now, a retrospective of the artist’s career is on view at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) through July 30, 2017, Lawler, closely associated with the Pictures Generation, utilized photography to expose cultural stereotypes. The show is comprised of Lawler’s renowned images in various forms, sizes and shapes to demonstrate her interest in the re-presentation and re-interpretation of imagery. Also make sure to visit Women Artists of Abstraction, and Robert Rauschenberg’s Among Friends.
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