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A CanCon Crib Sheet for NYC’s Frieze Art Week

Since the UK-based Frieze Art Fair launched its New York edition last year, momentum has been building towards this year’s event, which opens Friday. This year, there are even more satellite fairs on deck, and more Canadians headed down to partake. Here is a brief roundup of some of the Canucks involved—please feel free to add more in our comments section.

At the Big Fair

Frieze itself, in a specially designed tent on Randall’s Island, is presenting booths by more than 180 contemporary art galleries, 55 of them from New York.

There is just one Canadian dealer with a booth: Vancouver’s Catriona Jeffries.

“The architectural rigour of the [Frieze] space is very interesting, and it fits the gallery,” Jeffries says. Participating, she says, is “really the continuation of our work internationally.”

Among the works Jeffries says she plans to be showing at Frieze are a new painting by Rebecca Brewer; a new blanket work by Liz Magor; a Geoffrey Farmer collage that came out of his 2011 show at LA’s REDCAT and also relates to a show upcoming at the Migros Museum in Zurich; sculptures by Gareth Moore created during his live-in Documenta 13 project; and Ian Wallace’s Hypnerotomachia (The Fire) (1977), which Jeffries recently showed in the Then Now section of MiArt in Milan.

Other galleries are also bringing works by Canadian artists. To name just a couple of examples, new works by Rodney Graham and Tim Gardner are promised at the booth of New York’s 303 Gallery. (Graham is currently also having a solo show at 303’s Chelsea space.) Work by Julia Dault is being brought to the fair by New York’s Harris Lieberman.

There are also Canadian connections in some of the fair’s other activities. Curator Juan A. Gaitán, who trained at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the University of British Columbia and spent several years working in Vancouver, is now curator of the 8th Berlin Biennale. He is among a trio of curators who will choose the $15,000 prize for most innovative gallery stand at the fair to be announced late afternoon on May 9.


NADA over at Pier 36 (Basketball City) has roughly 70 galleries represented in total, of which three are Canadian: Daniel Faria Gallery from Toronto; Macaulay & Co. Fine Art from Vancouver; and Cooper Cole from Toronto.

Macaulay & Co. will be showing works by Neil Campbell, Beau Dick, Shawn Hunt, Brian Kokoska, Monique Mouton, Brad Phillips, Walter Scott and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.

Cooper Cole will be exhibiting works by Toronto sculptor Georgia Dickie and Brooklyn painter Lauren Luloff, who is currently showing at the gallery’s space on Dundas Street West.

Daniel Faria will be showing a solo booth featuring works by Berlin-based Canadian Shannon Bool, who is currently an artist fellow at the Villa Romana in Florence.

Also at NADA, Art F City, run by NY-based Canadian Paddy Johnson, is launching a limited-edition USB drive containing artworks by 11 artists including Jon Rafman and Toronto’s Lorna Mills.

At Cutlog

Cutlog, a fair that has run for several years in Paris, is making a US debut this week, occupying a former public school at 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey.

Vancouver’s Apartment is one of approximately 45 galleries at Cutlog—and the sole Canadian one.

Director Lee Plested is planning to show new work by Toronto-based artist Alan Belcher—co-founder and co-director of the 1980s NYC gallery Nature Morte—by White Columns director and artist Matthew Higgs and by American artist Natasha Wheat.

Plested’s gallery is also recreating a performance from 1968 by Anna Halprin—a self-described “breaker of modern dance”—called Mirror Piece. Enacted during the duration of the fair in the open spaces of the fair such as the hallways, the lounges, and the parking lot, the work intends a quiet critique of the performance of daily life as performers aim to mirror someone in public without them being aware of it.

“The power of this performance is that people don’t know when it’s taking place,” Plested has said.

At Pulse

At Pulse New York at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street), Montreal dealer Art Mûr is the sole Canadian gallery represented among some 60 others; it is showing in the Impulse section where booths feature solo projects, and its presentation is focusing on the installations and miniature models of Montreal artist Guillaume Lachapelle.

In Pulse Play, the fair’s curated video and technology series, Art Mûr will also feature Dutch artist Robbie Cornelissen’s The Labyrinth Runner, which follows the rhythmic breathing of a jogger.

Also at Pulse, New York’s Mike Weiss Gallery will be bringing works by Toronto painter Kim Dorland and Montreal painter Marc Séguin; Dorland also currently has a solo show at Weiss’s gallery in Chelsea.

A Canadian based in New York, Hyperallergic editor Hrag Vartanian, is also part of the jury awarding the Pulse Prize to an emerging artist of distinction.

Elsewhere Around Town

CART, an initiative supporting Canadian art in New York, will be doing a one-night-only exhibition at an apartment on Canal Street on Friday, May 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. The show will feature works by Jordan Broadworth, Robin Cameron, Douglas Coupland, Barb Choit, Sara Cwynar, Brendan Fernandes, Ryan Foerster and Rochelle Goldberg, Lukas Geronimas, Leah James, Kris Knight, Shawn Kuruneru, Vanessa Maltese, Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, Niall McClelland, Saira McLaren, Kristine Moran, Stephanie Noritz, Geoffrey Pugen, Bevan Ramsay, Elise Rasmussen, Talia Shipman, Elaine Stocki, Emily Stoddart, Winnie Truong, Penelope Umbrico and Balint Zsako. Vistors are advised to RSVP via the exhibition’s Eventbrite page by May 9. (McClelland‘s work is also in the Wish Meme fair organized by the curators behind Spring/Break.)

Kelowna-born, New York–based artist Erin Shirreff also currently has a show up at Lisa Cooley on the Lower East Side. A survey of Montreal-born artist Jack Goldstein, which debuted at Orange County Museum of Art last year, opens at the Jewish Museum on Friday. Montreal- and New York-based artist Ross Racine opens a show at Brooklyn’s Front Room Gallery on Friday. And there is also an opening at Mulherin & Pollard—a Lower East Side space co-owned by Toronto dealer Katharine Mulherin—on Saturday.

Do you know of other Canadian artists, artworks or events connected with Frieze Art Week? Please feel free to share the details in our comments section.

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Perry Rath says:

Also happening this weekend is the Parallax Art Fair at the Prince George Ballroom, 15 E27th St. There are 6 Canadians exhibiting work there. I’ll be presenting some excerpts from a collaborative text/image series with Queen’s prof Jane Tolmie, entitled the Book of Vole.

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