Frieze New York Round Up

Nancy Lupo, Bench, 2019, 36x33x32″, aluminum, unique
On view with Jan Kaps in collaboration with Bridget Donahue

Frieze NY art fair went virtual this year which meant I could attend the fair for the first time from my Montreal home. Here’s my top picks from the fair, ranging from young, emerging, mid-career artists to outsider artists. I hope you enjoy my selection.

Louise Giovanelli, Ether, 2020, Oil on canvas, 24 x 19 cm
Grimm Gallery

Louise Giovanelli is a young London painter on view with Grimm Gallery. Her luminous paintings feel like snapshots or clues to a broader narrative or mystery.

Louise Giovanelli, Pool, 2020, Oil on canvas, 100 x 70 x 4 cm
Grimm Gallery

Austin Lee, flowerbear, 2020, sculpture – foam and fiber reinforced painted resin, steel armature, acrylic, 48x59x 17”
Peres Projects

I’ve been a fan of Austin Lee’s free, joy-filled practice for years which makes his pivot to 3D work that much more exciting. flowerbear is a pleasure to look at, I love the fat cartoonish paint brush. Peres Projects booth in general is full of sweetness, looking to UK based artist Rebecca Ackroyd’s Time Pieces. 

Rebecca Ackroyd, Time Piece, 2020, Drawing – Gouache, charcoal and soft pastel on somerset satin paper, 57×60”
Peres Projects

Andrew Cranston, Oberammergau, 2019, Distemper on hardback book cover, 8.5 x 11 5/8 inches

Andrew Cranston feels like a painter’s painter. His palette and application of paint is inspiring to look at. One of my favourite paintings at Frieze is this piece on a book cover. I love the dabs of orange in the sky. On view with Karma.

Ridley Howard, Cherry Sky , 2020, Oil on canvas, 8 x 8 inches
Marinaro Gallery

Ridley Howard’s small, pristine colour studies depict vacant romantic encounters, as though images used for a mattress advert. On View with Marinaro Gallery.

Ridley Howard, Neck Kiss #1 Striped Sweater, 2020,Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, Marinaro Gallery

Maja Ruznic, The Called, 2020, Acrylic and oil on canvas,67.5x 53.5”

Maja Ruznic softens her paintings, repeatedly sanding them, blurring the paint, and sanding them again. The paintings depict hazy mythologies, Shamanism and Slavic paganism, as a way for her to interpret past trauma and human suffering. I’ve been following Maja’s work for a while and I love these new vibrant blue and purple pieces on view with Karma, as well as Hales Gallery.  

Attributed to Nokkoist, ca. 1875-78, watercolour, graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 8 5/8″ × 11 1/4″
Donald Ellis Gallery

I fell in love with these Ledger Drawings by Nokkoist (Bears Heart) at Frieze, that were made while the artist was being held prisoner along with 71 other Cheyenne in Flordia 1875-78. Nokkoist was a warrior/artist who recorded images for historical purposes. I love the pencil crayon, flat perspectives, and use of space (houses turn upwards to avoid going off the page.) Nokkoist’s work also displays the only known example of two warriors holding hands. On view with Donald Ellis Gallery.  

Beverly Buchanan, Andrew Eldin Gallery

Beverly Buchanan (1940-2015) was a North Carolina health educator turned artist. Reconstructing homes and “shacks” as small-scale scultpures, Buchanan created symbols of endurance and happiness. 

Other highlights at outsider-focused Andrew Eldin Gallery include Pearl Blauvelt’s humble pencil illustrations. The self-taught American artist left behind a ruled notebook full of pencil colour drawings, her entire body of work, which were discovered years after her death.

Pearl Blauvelt, Andrew Eldin Gallery

Alice Tippit, Huddle, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery

Alice Tippit’s wonderfully simple, slightly erotic paintings on view with Nicelle Beauchene and Rachel Uffner Gallery’s joint booth that pays tribute to women artists in Chicago.

Alice Tippit, Warp, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery