Frieze Week NYC 2016

New work from Ashley Bickerton

Latest work from Ashley Bickerton points to a new direction

Frieze week is upon us again – this year a week earlier than before to avoid a clash with the big-ticket spring auctions – and we at ArtKapsule are excited about the surprises in store at this always innovative Fair.

Among the exciting news emanating from Randall’s Island is the announcement of a new ferry service from East 90th Street that leaves every ten minutes and takes just five minutes coast to coast. Hallelujah! Sadly it only runs on weekdays so weekenders are stuck with the 20-minute ferry from East 35th or the trundling bus from the Guggenheim… but it’s a welcome improvement.

Luckily any inconvenience endured in getting to Frieze is offset by the riches in store on arrival and this year our favorite galleries have been feeding us some VERY tempting sneak previews of what they’re bringing to the Fair. Amongst the most thrilling is the prospect of new work from Ashley Bickerton at Lehmann Maupin which promises to herald a whole new direction for the master of contemporary baroque. Some of the most gorgeous paintings of the Fair will be found at Sean Kelly who’s showing lush, layered paintings by Hugo McCloud alongside Callum Innes’s dreamy minimalism. Over at Foxy Productions there’ll be new works by the increasingly sought-after Petra Cortright and Sascha Braunig, while Pace is bringing a raft of Fred Wilson’s poetic appropriations. And this is just a few of the NY galleries showing – fully 50% of the works in the main fair are from outside of the US.

This being Frieze, the art is not all on the walls and some lucky Fair-goers may well return home to discover  a mysterious object in their pockets – the work of ‘reverse pickpocket’ Daniel Horvitz, who will be roaming the Fair looking for un-crimes to commit. There’s also the chance to see supercool punk poet Eileen Myles – girlfriend of ‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway – discuss the relationship between art and poetry (Thurs, 4pm). All this plus a live donkey contributed by Maurizio Cattelan and a giant inflatable baby by Alex Da Corte (at north entrance)! No wonder we’re dizzy with anticipation!

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @artkapsule where we’ll be tweeting our thoughts and instagramming our highlights over the next few days – not only from Frieze but also from NADA and from Chelsea’s biggest gallery openings!