This Week’s Must-See Events: Let’s See Frieze Best the 70-foot Bee Magnet

by Paddy Johnson on May 2, 2016 Events

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This is not the week to let your inner researcher go crazy. It’s Frieze Week, which means there’s a mountain of events, all of which will seem essential to visit. After spending the day combing through all the talks, openings, and fairs, though, we have a little secret to  let you in on. Very little of what’s happening constitutes a “must-see event”. We’ve gone through and selected what we think is actually relevant to artists and lay-folk. That means there are no galas, no co-branding kick-off parties, and no invitation-only events we can’t attend anyway. What we’re left with is pretty exciting: A 70-foot bee magnet at Socrates Sculpture Center by Meg Webster, a round table discussion on why artist-run galleries are the bomb, and a Chucky-like doll by Jordan Wolfson we’re pretty sure will scare the crap out of you. That’s just the start of it, so brace yourself. This is gonna be one hell of a week.

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Lisson Gallery New York

504 West 24th Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Carmen Herrera

Carmen Herrera just turned 100 this year. She continues to make work in her Manhattan studio, and this fall, will have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of Art. On view at Lisson Gallery are 20 new works — think hand painted hard-edge geometric abstraction — produced over the past two years.


192 Books

192 Tenth Ave
7:00 PMWebsite

Eileen Myles

Everyone should get to an Eileen Myles reading at least once in their life. She’s a fountain of writing and lived experience. An American poet and writer, Myles has over the last 30 years produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, and plays. She’s also won pretty much any award you can name.

As it happens, she’s also the Frieze Talk keynote this Thursday at 5. So, if you miss her here, you’ve got another chance at Frieze—though that talk requires a boat ride and $49 ticket to the fair.


New Museum

235 Bowery
11:00 AM to 6:00 PMWebsite

Nicole Eisenman: 'Al-ugh-ories'

Curated by Helga Christoffersen and Massimiliano Gioni

After having seen Nicole Eisenman’s incredible retrospective “Dear Nemesis” at the ICA in Philadelphia, we couldn’t be looking forward to her show at the New Museum more. We’d be hard pressed to name another painter as creatively gifted as she is. Scenes she’s rendered include a group of naked paint slaves working a snowy cabin that looks a bit like Santa’s workshop, a stressed out texter, a breast on the ground surrounded by breast balloons.

According to the press release, Nicole Eisenman: Al-ugh-ories “will highlight how allegory permeates her oeuvre and how she fluidly ties the fictional to the autobiographical and the past to the present.”  Yes, please.


David Zwirner

525 West 19th Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Jordan Wolfson

Based on the lead image alone, we’re gonna guess that this will be another Wolfson show of creepy work. Remember the dancing she-robot in the private show room? We’ll never forget it. You only have to seen that piece once to have it permanently engraved into your memory.

Apparently the Chucky-like sculpture above has eyes that employ facial recognition technology to track spectators’ gazes and movements. Gaze into them, and viewers may also see imagery and video footage, including the artist’s own animations. Sounds disorienting.




Pier 36 Basketball City
2 PM Website

The Art of the (Cough) Deal: Why Artist-Gallerists Do It Better

We’re usually not all that excited about the panel discussions that accompany fairs, but this one seems pretty good. It’s a round table discussion on the merits and pitfalls of artist-run galleries. The speakers all run fairly successful artist-run galleries. We like the line up!

Sarah Braman (CANADA), Max Warsh (Regina Rex), Ridley Howard (106 Green), Margaret Lee (47 Canal), Elyse Derosia (Bodega), moderated by Andrew M. Goldstein (Artspace/Phaidon)



Randall’s Island Park
4 PMWebsite

Frieze Talks: 'Version Control' chaired by Joanne McNeil with Thomas Demand, Oliver Laric, and Stephanie Syjuco

Frieze talks seem a little disappointing this year, but our unflagging dedication to technology, and issues related to ownership, distribution, and authenticity put this panel on our radar. They promise to explore these issues. A biography list below:

  • Joanne McNeil (chair) is a writer based in New York.
  • Thomas Demand is an artist based in Berlin and Los Angeles.
  • Oliver Laric is an artist based in Berlin.
  • Stephanie Syjuco is an artist and Assistant Professor in sculpture at the University of California Berkeley.


Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Boulevard
3:00 PM to 6:00 PMWebsite


A group show that addresses the idea of place as it pertains to social and ecological structures and to evolution over time. Mostly, this show gets a listing because we’ve written about most of these artists in the past and generally think the work is worth thinking about. In particular, we’re looking forward to Meg Webster’s 70-feet “Concave Room for Bees”, which is basically a circular mound of dirt that will be covered in plants and flowers. It’s basically a bee magnet.

Participating artists include: ARTPORT_making waves , Abigail DeVille, Brendan Fernandes, Cary Leibowitz, Jonathan Odom, Jessica Segall, Casey Tang, Hank Willis Thomas, Meg Webster

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