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Frieze Announces Participating Artists for New Live Program at Frieze New York 2018

New York, NY
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“ASSEMBLY” is a new curated program featuring Renée Green, Alfredo Jaar, Dave McKenzie, Raúl de Nieves with Erik Zajaceskowski, Adam Pendleton, Lara Schnitger and Hank Willis Thomas inspired by protest and collectivity

Adam Pendleton’s Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter) will fly as six-month installation nearby Scylla Point on NYC Parks’ Randall’s Island from May 1 until November 1

Frieze today announces the participating artists for Live, a new program of performances and installations presented by galleries, launching at Frieze New York 2018. Curated by Adrienne Edwards (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; recently appointed Whitney Museum of American Art, New York) and entitled “ASSEMBLY”, the time-based program will feature processions, ritualistic and conceptual performance alongside sound installations, banners and flags. Artists will engage with significant issues of our time and experiment with alternative modes of collectivity. Frieze New York takes place in NYC Parks’ Randall’s Island Park from May 3–6, 2018 and is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the seventh consecutive year.

The participating artists and galleries for Live 2018 are: Renée Green (Galerie Nagel Draxler) Alfredo Jaar (Galerie Lelong & Co./Goodman Gallery) Dave McKenzie (Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects), Raúl de Nieves (Company Gallery) with Erik Zajaceskowski, Adam Pendleton (Pace Gallery), Lara Schnitger (Anton Kern Gallery) and Hank Willis Thomas (Jack Shainman Gallery).

Adrienne Edwards, recently appointed Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) where she starts in May, is Curator at Large at the Walker Art Center and formerly Curator at Performa. Edwards will work closely with participating artists and galleries to present new and existing works which touch on themes including feminist protest, gun violence, racism, and queer utopias.

Loring Randolph (Frieze Artistic Director for the Americas, New York) said: “Live affirms Frieze’s commitment to curated programming and boundary- pushing practices. The fair aims to support galleries in presenting experimental works beyond the confines of their booths; and Adrienne’s inspired program will connect global political realities with vital urban histories. It’s so exciting that through Adrienne’s vision for Live we have worked with NYC Parks’ Randall’s Island Park to mount a major six- month installation of Adam Pendleton’s artwork, which begins during Frieze Week. This marks the first time that Frieze will have a public sculpture on view for an extended period, enhancing the significance and impact of this work for the city of New York and the country at large.”

Visitors to Frieze New York will encounter Live performance and installations all around the fair, inside the Frame section and across Randall’s Island, including:

  • Adam Pendleton’s monumental Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter) (2015-18) which will be planted on the bank of NYC Parks’ Randall’s Island near what is now officially called Scylla Point – noted on historical maps as “Negro Point”, positioned close to Hell Gate – where the East and Harlem Rivers meet. Representing Frieze’s first six-month installation on Randall’s Island, the work will be in place from May 1 to November 1, 2018;
  • Lara Schnitger’s hybrid performance that fuses feminist protest with notions of feminine dress, manifested through sculpture and ritual. A processional work created for urban centers, the New York debut at Frieze features a new quilted banner and textile installation, as well as the launch of a “whisper network,” which will draw the audience into the performance;
  • Raúl de Nieves’s and Erik Zajaceskowski’s fair procession THANK YOU/THANK YOU, for which the artists will wear elaborately ornamental costumes that double as sound pieces, culminating in an imaginative installation; and
  • Furtive Movements, Dave McKenzie’s solo performance as a magician, exploring the ways in which the gestures of black bodies (hands in pockets, shoulders askew, etc.) are said to signal danger or the need for surveillance.
  • Manifesting as a direct public address through sound, Alfredo Jaar will broadcast recorded messages by a range of artists and writers over the fair’s loudspeaker; while
  • Renée Green’s Space Poem #5 (Years & Afters) (2015) will bring together 28 poetic and colourful wall banners with a new pendant sound work Begin Again, Begin Again (Years) (2018).
  • Also working with visual emblems of civic engagement, Hank Willis Thomas will present 15,093 and 15,580 (both 2018), embroidered fabric works each recalling the American flag but with stars that number lives lost by gun violence in recent years.

Adrienne Edwards said: “New York has a rich history of art and protest through performance, and the art fair is an innately performative space. I’m looking forward to harnessing the energy of both with this program of artists, selected because their practices are visually striking, conceptually rigorous, and ethically engaged. I am particularly gratified that Adam Pendleton’s Black Dada Flag will fly beyond the fair, for six whole months on Randall’s Island, creating a physical space and significant marker in New York for the global Black Lives Matter movement. I hope that together these projects will serve as a platform to help us imagine what is possible today through the poetics of protest by breaking down boundaries between galleries and the street, the artist and their audience and making new propositions that open up conversations about the role of art in today’s society.”

Frieze has a significant history of presenting and commissioning time-based work by artists, with live and participatory works by Dora Budor, Pia Camil, Maurizio Cattelan, Giosetta Fioroni, Liz Glynn, Anthea Hamilton, Ryan McNamara and Eduardo Navarro featured in recent editions of Frieze New York; the first performance work in the Tate Collection (UK) was acquired from Frieze London in 2004.

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Adam Pendleton, Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter), 2015–2018.

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