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11 artworks to see at this year’s Frieze Art Fair

Walking through a pretty massive art fair and trying to point out the most interesting works is an arduous and very personal task. Art, after all, is a subjective craft. 

Which is all to say: every single piece at Frieze Art Fair, the festival of contemporary art that this year has taken over The Shed in Hudson Yards through May 22, is worth gazing at. From eclectic sculptures to more traditional paintings and exciting—and pretty massive!—installations, the space is filled with beautiful works from a variety of artists and galleries.

Below are some of our (subjectively, personal) favorites:

1. “Fantasia #2” by Anthony Akinbola

Photograph: Anna Rahmanan

2. “Drinking Fountains, Mobile, Alabama” by Gordon Parks

Drinking Fountains, Mobile, Alabama by Gordon Parks
Photograph: Anna Rahmanan

3. “Don’t be mad UPS is hiring: The storm” by Alvaro Barrington

"Don't be mad UPS is hiring: The storm" by Alvaro Barrington
Photograph: Anna Rahmanan

4. “Who’s Whoggenheim Whoseum?” by Simon Fujiwara

"Who's Whoggenheim Whoseum?" by Simon Fujiwara
Photograph: Anna
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Juxtapoz Magazine – “Promise Witness” by Ryan Whelan @ pt.2 Gallery, Oakland

It was cold on the mountain as a North Pacific gale seated itself on our coastline. The subalpine flowers accumulated their share with little persuasion. It was beyond green, I gazed into nothing, The wind was a crowd. Not expecting my solitude to be distorted by thoughts of our friend, Ryan Whelan, I come here on days of bad weather knowing nobody else will. California is masterful at its staging of liminal poetics, and this time was no exception. For those of you who believe in gifts bestowed by extraordinary forces, I again find myself: Spicer’s Nimrod. Jack Spicer, the championed Bay Area poet, believed the poet’s work is reduced to an almost mechanical act of listening and receiving to what Spicer called the Outside—a field of forces that invade rather than inspire, and before which the poet is little more than a secretary taking dictation. Now
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“Love Not War” Fabric Banners

I started working on these “Love Not War” banners just a few days after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. I began with the Ukrainian flag colors, but soon recognized that there were other countries at war right now, with innocent people dying and refugees fleeing. Specifically, in Syria and Afghanistan. So I researched the colors of those flags, and added another banner.

Then anti-LGBTQ legislation at home, here in the US, took a turn for the worse with the “Don’t say gay” bill being passed in Florida, amongst almost 250 other anti-gay and transgender bills that have been filed this year so far. The war against anyone not straight, white, and Christian will certainly lead to families leaving their homes to travel to safe places. But even more concerning will be the increased risk of suicide for LGBTQ teens who already are at an increased risk. And

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Christopher Williams to Reimagine Legendary Ballets As Queer Works of Art at The Joyce Theater

Christopher Williams to Reimagine Legendary Ballets As Queer Works of Art at The Joyce Theater

The Joyce Theater Foundation will honor the conclusion of Pride 2022 with the Joyce debut of boundary-shattering movement artist Christopher Williams. The New York premiere of selections from his series of queer interpretations of renowned classical ballets will play The Joyce Theater from June 28-July 3. Tickets, ranging in price from $10-$55, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information and to read about The Joyce Theater’s detailed health and safety protocols, including required face-coverings and proof of vaccination policies, please visit www.Joyce.org.

Known for his sprawling visual imagination and unending capacity for cross-discipline collaboration, Christopher Williams makes his Joyce debut this summer with the New York premiere of his own queer versions of beloved Ballet Russes works. New York City

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