FRIEZE ART FAIR 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

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Frieze New York 2019 took place in Randall’s Island Park on May 1st and opened to the public from May 2 through 5. Frieze 2019 featured leading galleries from 26 countries, and introduced an unprecedented number of collaborations with leading museum directors from institutions in New York and across the US.

This year, Patrick Charpenel (Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio, New York) and Susanna V. Temkin (Curator) curated Diálogos, a new themed section for Latino and Latin American art. Franklin Sirmans (Director of the Perez Art Museum Miami) also joined the fair to oversee this year’s tribute section celebrating the enduring legacy of Linda Goode Bryant and her pivotal New York gallery, Just Above Midtown (JAM).

Galleries and exhibition curators presented today’s most exciting and influential artists, with solo and themed presentations by Dawoud Bey, Diedrick Brackens, Tracey EminFred Eversley, Martine Gutierrez, Lauren Halsey, Jenny Holzer, Robert Indiana, Lorna Simpson, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Anish Kapoor,Alex Katz, Koo Jeong A, Ana Mendieta, Jorge Méndez Blake, Senga Nengudi, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, Rachel Rossin, Nari Ward, Matthew Ronay and XU ZHEN®; alongside writers and artists including Simone Leigh, Valeria Luiselli, and Aruna D’Souza took part in Frieze Talks; as well as collectors such as Denise Gardner and Pamela Kramlich with museum curators such as Stuart Comer and James Rondeau, participated in Conversations on Collecting.

What sold at Frieze?

-Georg Baselitz’s Pawlow in Oslo (2010) sold for €750,000 (about $840,000) at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac’s booth.
-Ropac also sold Baselitz’s Night of the Nightingale IV (Oboznenko) (1998) for €500,000 (about $565,000).
-Robert Longo’s Untitled (Rose, November 22, 2017) (2017) sold for $600,000 at the Thaddeus Ropac booth.
-Red Grooms’s The Bus (1995), a monumental sculpture installed in the Spotlight sector by Marlborough Contemporary, sold for $550,000.
-A Mary Corse painting sold at the Kayne Griffin Corcoran booth for $300,000.
-A Doug Aitken work sold at the 303 Gallery booth for $350,000.
-Jenny Holzer’s TOP SECRET ENDGAME (2019) sold for $300,000 at the Hauser & Wirth booth.
-Holzer’s to endure (2019), also in Hauser & Wirth’s booth, also sold for $300,000.
-Holzer’s DO NOT CIRCULATE (2019) sold for $200,000 in the same Hauser & Wirth presentation.
-David Zwirner sold all six brand-new large-scale paintings by Harold Ancart, said to be in the range of $200,000 each.

“After two straight years where weather undermined the Frieze New York operation, the fair was facing an existential conundrum. Since the inaugural Frieze fair in Los Angeles was lauded for its relatively small-scale 70-gallery format, dealers, collectors, and advisors were all asking: Should the New York fair continue as a 180-gallery behemoth? Judging by the exhibitor list this year, something seemed off. Several galleries—including Blum & Poe, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Anton Kern Gallery, and Esther Schipper—opted out of Frieze New York this year. Others, such as Pace, Skarstedt, Marian Goodman, Almine Rech, and Matthew Marks, not only opted out of Frieze, but decided to participate in the concurrent TEFAF fair instead.” – Artsy

Check out our gallery of Frieze 2019 above.

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