“What you’re looking at here are recordings of history and personal acts of valor and bravery,” says Ellis, pointing to a image on a yellowed piece of paper of a train in motion, rendered in colored pencil. “These were executed at Saint Augustine, Florida, in 1875. There was a famous trial where 72 warriors were convicted of murder, and taken by train to Fort Marion, where they were imprisoned until 1878. At the fort, a man named Captain Pratt gave them pieces of paper to continue this tradition.” This is the first time these drawings have been shown in New York since a seminal 1996 exhibition at the Drawing Center, and Ellis describes their market as “in its infancy,” though seven of them in the $30,000–65,000 range were snapped up on the fair’s opening day.
Another newcomer to the Modern wing, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects
has works-on-paper not from “outsider” artists but from two lesser-known, mid-century female conceptual and earthwork artists: Agnes Denes (one of which features the pyramidal form that she’s experimented with throughout much of her career) and