, winner of the 2019 Frieze Artist Award, created arguably the most timely artwork at the fair’s recent New York edition. At the entrance to the white tent on Randall’s Island, she erected two giant white columns to commemorate the recent death of rapper Nipsey Hussle. In such sculptures, and in the immersive installations for which she’s become known, the native Angeleno considers the black experience in her hometown. Halsey’s site-specific works are always in dialogue with their structures—she adorns columns, walls, and entire rooms with images and artifacts that infuse staid, institutional structures with new, youthful energy.
Anne Ellegood, former Hammer Museum senior curator and current executive director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, remarked on Halsey’s commitment to her South Los Angeles neighborhood, her “desire to create public spaces for gathering,” and her ability to rethink “the structures and processes of producing art in and for a community.” Ellegood continued, “Lauren’s work requires the collective action, commitment, and belief of a network of people. Her generosity, vision, and tenacity is inspiring to all those who come in contact with her.”