Meh, Frieze Is Back

Cindy Ji Hye Kim, “The Face and Its Name” (2021), graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink, acrylic, and oil on silk with shaped artist’s stretcher, at Francois Ghebaly’s booth.

A group of gallerists toasted the end of the first day of Frieze New Yorkby pouring champagne into their empty Perrier cans (“We couldn’t bring cups,” one explained.) After a long pandemic hiatus, the fair’s New York edition is back, pared down to 60 exhibitors instead of the usual 150 or so, to ensure social distancing. It’s also being held at the Shed, the mammoth multidisciplinary arts center in Hudson Yards, Manhattan, instead of the fair’s usual haunt, the nightmare-to-access but lovingly quirky Randall’s Island.

After some jockeying, our very own staff writers, Hakim Bishara and Valentina Di Liscia, managed to snag passes for opening day of this year’s show — a feat in and of itself, given the fair’s super-limited capacity. Scroll below for their on-the-ground reports.

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