In a single audacious shot across the bow, Frieze New York has decisively, at least in my mind, challenged the Armory as the king of the local contemporary art fairs. There is no changing the visual overload or the wearying onslaught of “merch” inherent at such a place, but the organizers have at least made a real attempt to get the surrounding details right. The overall art-seeing experience in meaningfully better: the halls are wider and less cramped, the booths are roomier and more open, and the light is bright and airy. Even when the fair got more crowded and the sun came out to raise the temperature and cook the occupants during my visit Friday, every few yards a blast of arctic air conditioning would whoosh up from a grate under my feet for a shuddering moment of relief.
Photography-wise, the key thing to note about this fair is that there are NO photography specialist galleries included. Not one. So the available photography is broadcast throughout the fair population like tiny seeds, to be searched out and discovered amidst the rest of the contemporary art. There are also very few secondary market photographic trophies on offer (unlike the parade of Shermans in seemingly every booth at the Armory). This is first and foremost a primary market show, with galleries and dealers showing (for the most part) the work they represent.
For each gallery below (grouped by color coded section, starting near the North entrance), I’ve listed the photographers/artists with work on view, with the number of images on display in parentheses. In some specific cases where something caught my eye, I’ve added additional information, pricing (watch for different currencies), and installation shots (found in the slideshow).
Wilkinson Gallery (here): Anna Parkina (3), Laurie Simmons (1), Jimmy DeSana (1)
Anton Kern Gallery (here): Anne Collier (1)
Art:Concept (here): Jeremy Deller (1)
Galerija Gregor Podnar (here): Ion Grigorescu (1), B. Wurtz (1, with paired sculptural object)
Friedrich Petzel Gallery (here): Robert Heinecken (9)
Anthony Reynolds Gallery (here): Paul Graham (1 diptych, 3)
Hauser & Wirth (here): Roni Horn (1), Rodney Graham (1 diptych)
Galleri Nicolai Wallner (here): Joachim Koester (6)
The Approach (here): Lisa Oppenheim (4), John Stezaker (1 set of 3 collages, 3 collages)
Timothy Taylor Gallery (here): Susan Hiller (1 set of 9)
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (here): Guillaume Leblon (1)
Broadway 1602 (here): Penny Slinger (2 collages)
Air de Paris (here): Sturtevant (5), Jospeh Grigley (3)
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac (here): Robert Mapplethorpe (2), Gilbert & George (1 set of 9)
Taka Ishii Gallery (here): Yuki Kimura (1)
Annet Gelink Gallery (here): Wilfredo Prieto (1), Yael Bartana (1 diptych), Ryan Gander (1)
Sies+Höke (here): Kris Martin (1 set of 10), Etienne Chambaud (1 set of 3)
Andrew Kreps Gallery (here): Goshka Macuga (1), Roe Ethridge (4)
Miguel Abreu Gallery (here): Liz Deschenes (2), Eileen Quinlan (3), Pamela Rosenkranz (1)
Continue to Part 2 here.