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Cynthia Rowley’s Top Picks for Frieze New York

Artsy Editorial
May 12, 2015 1:41PM

There are few with better insight into New York’s art and fashion milieu than Cynthia Rowley, the designer at the helm of a remarkably successful eponymous label (remember Lindsay Lohan’s wetsuit in Richard Phillips’s First Point?)—and co-founder of Exhibition A, a website selling limited editions by contemporary artists, shared with husband and Half Gallery co-owner Bill Powers.

Rowley, who originally dreamed of becoming a painter, moved to New York in the early ’80s following her graduation from the Art Institute of Chicago—and it didn’t take long for her to make a mark on the city. 

In 2010, Rowley collaborated with artist Olaf Breuning on a performative work for MoMA PS1’s “MOVE!” project, which will be reprised come September. And she’s also quite the collector. This Frieze Week is an exciting one for Rowley, who took the time post-Rob Pruitt’s birthday bash and opening at the Brant Foundation (a “genius show,” she says, with enthusiasm likely tied to the launch of the artist’s limited edition chair this Wednesday on Exhibition A) to sift through Artsy’s Frieze preview to select her favorite works. Below, Rowley shares the pieces on the top of her list this Frieze Week. 

Portrait courtesy of Cynthia Rowley.


Don’t miss Math’s new show at MoMA PS1. I especially loved the pictogram paintings.

Small Chawan Cabinet, 2014
Salon 94

Both are surf pals of mine. I recently gave an award to Tom at the Aldrich Museum. And Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn [the owner of Salon 94] is as stylish as she is savvy.

Snake Puma Condor 3, 2015
Anton Kern Gallery
Untitled, 2013
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen

Chris Martin did an incredible show with my husband at Half Gallery last year. 

I LOVE Dan McCarthy’s face pots, also at Anton Kern. My interest in ceramics and porcelain was recently renewed by Francesca DiMattio’s solo show, “Domestic Sculpture,” at Salon 94. 

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