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Frieze New York 2020 to Feature Major New Collaboration with Collective Design

Event Date: 
6 May 2020 to 10 May 2020
New York, NY
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Curated by Libby Sellers, Special Exhibition Features Iconic 20th-Century and Contemporary Design and Art Objects

Frieze today announces a special exhibition organized by Collective Design at the 2020 edition of Frieze New York. Curated by Libby Sellers, the exhibition follows Frieze New York's collaboration with Javier Tellez and Outsider Art Fair in 2019 to provide new perspectives and draw diverse audiences to the fair. Tracing the technological developments of color within the fields of design and art, this special exhibition featuring iconic 20th-century and contemporary design marks the first exhibition dedicated to design at Frieze. Taking place on Randall’s Island Park from May 6-10, 2020, Frieze New York is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank, continuing a shared commitment to artistic excellence.

‘Color and Production: From the Atom to the Void’ will be presented as part of Frieze’s celebrated anchor program of collaborations, exhibitions and talks.  Historical, modern and contemporary design objects and artworks will trace the developments of color in both art and design, from an illuminated manuscript to a timely look at contemporary designers and artists that are turning back to pre-industrial materials.

Curator Libby Sellers said: ‘The drive to discover, exploit and transform materials into color has been central to artistic practice since pigment was first applied to cave walls. So many of the colors we experience today are, however, not from nature but from industry. The exhibition seeks to chart this flow in order to explore how color has been deployed, detached and liberated from such forces.’ 

Participating New York and European design galleries include Friedman Benda, Galerie Kreo, Giustini Stagetti, Volume Gallery, Donzella, Hostler Burrows, Established & Sons, Gabrielle Ammann and Urban Architecture with works by Ettore Sottsass, Shiro Kuramata, Hella Jongerius, Gaetano Pesce, Maarten Baas and Formafantasma.

Art galleries participating in the exhibition include David Zwirner, Sean Kelly Gallery, Andrew Kreps, Massimo De Carlo, Ingleby and Bortolami with diverse works in various media by Josef Albers, Bertrand Lavier, Joseph Kosuth, David Batchelor, Bruno Munari, Donald Judd, Sheila Hicks and Dan Flavin. 

Frieze New York Director Loring Randolph stated: ‘Expanding on the conversations generated by the exceptional solo, dual, and curated group presentations from galleries in the main section of the fair, Frieze New York is constantly exploring new ways to engage with the most exciting issues of our time through institutional collaborations, curated exhibitions, public art projects, talks, and more. Art and design live side by side in many of our homes and hearts, and I am thrilled to bring design into the conversation this year at Frieze New York through our collaboration with Collective Design.’

Collective Design Director Steven Learner, who organized the presentation, stated: 'This collaboration with Frieze signals an exciting evolution for Collective Design’s program, offering a new format for presenting collectible design and art to one of the world’s most influential audiences. From our founding in 2013, we have sought to progressively and critically reflect changes in the design community and the ways that collectors discover new works.  This capsule exhibition, through thoughtful curatorial direction provided by Libby, will create a compelling dialogue between the two disciplines.'

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Joon Yong Kim, Yellow Cloud, 2017. Courtesy of Adrian Sassoon.

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