A Frieze Frame of Young Galleries and Artists on the Rise
Since its debut at Frieze London in 2009, the Frame section has served as a who’s who of up-and-coming galleries and artists, featuring solo artist presentations from galleries that have been open for under eight years. As the London fair opts to eliminate the section for its 2014 edition, this forum is going strong at Frieze New York this year.
In 2008, Laurel Gitlen closed her much-loved Portland, Oregon gallery Small A Projects, and moved across the country where she opened a new, eponymous outpost in New York’s Lower East Side. She has since developed a LES staple, trading her small Broome Street location for a prime spot on Norfolk. New York-based artist Allyson Vieira, whose 2011 solo show christened the current gallery space, holds court at Gitlen’s Frieze booth. Known for repurposing industrial materials—seen recently in solo shows at the Swiss Institute and Kunsthalle Basel—Vieira presents a series of striking steel beam sculptures and luminous chromogenic prints depicting networks of scaffolding.
Nearby, on the corner of Grand and Bowery, Simone Subal, former director of Peter Blum Gallery, set up her own eponymous gallery in 2011, with a diverse roster of European and American artists working in a range of media. At Frieze, Subal presents the works of Florian Meisenberg; the gallery gave the Berlin-born thirtysomething his first NYC solo show last fall. Meisenberg studied under Peter Doig at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and has developed a reputation for challenging art conventions and institutions, through bare, untreated canvases, whimsical pictorial language, and clever juxtapositions of digital and analog.
One of seven young galleries known collectively as the “New Tokyo Contemporaries,” Misako & Rosen is the brainchild of art world power couple Misako and Jeffrey Rosen. Each worked a decade at first generation Tokyo galleries before collaborating to found their own, just in time to rise among a second generation. While they are focused on local and international emerging artists, at Frieze the gallery shows the works of Japanese artist Kazuyuki Takezaki. Intrigued by the traditional Japanese landscape established in canonical woodblocks by Hiroshige, since 2011 Takezaki has created developed his own dialogue on landscape, combining found images with his own works to create vibrant assemblages that question representation and originality.
Founded by New York gallerist Guillaume Rouchon, Tempo Rubato was established in 2011, and has since developed a dynamic roster of artists based in the U.S., Europe, and Israel, with a particular emphasis on those based in Tel Aviv. The vibrant Pop paintings of one such artist, Joav BarEl, take the spotlight in the gallery’s Frieze booth. Born and based in Tel Aviv, BarEl died of a heart attack in 1977, at the age of 44; his legacy, felt through his works as well as his art criticism, left a major impact on the Israeli art scene through the 1980s.
Situated in the chic Marais neighborhood in Paris, since 2010 Sultana has made a name for itself through an annual program of seven exhibitions and a lineup of French and American artists on the rise. With a penchant for artists working with unconventional practices and conceptual narratives, Sultana brings native Parisian Bettina Samson to Frieze. Samson’s breadth and ingenuity is exemplified through a booth filled with dynamic ceramic sculptures that visually recall animated otherworldly creatures, cosmological prints, and gleaming futuristic compounds made from engraved glass and sand.
Not long after their presentation of Niall Macdonald in the Emergent section at miart 2014, Kendall Koppe proves its emerging status at Frame; the Glasgow-based gallery has found its footing in the city center since opening its doors in 2011. This time the spotlight s shifted to Latvian-born, New York-based artist Ella Kruglyanskaya. Named among Anita Zabludowicz’s artists to watch in 2014, Kruglyanskaya has developed an impressive reputation through a bold, playful style of painting, and depictions of voluptuous women caught in candid moments of unrest and various states of undress.