My Highlights from Frieze New York 2014

Matthew Higgs
Apr 30, 2014 10:39PM

My Selection:

John Giorno, JUST SAY NO TO FAMILY VALUES, 2012, at Artists Space 

Artists Space is one of three New York not-for-profit galleries presenting at Frieze New York. (The others are The Artist’s Institute and White Columns.) I would encourage everyone to support not-for-profit galleries, locally and nationally. John Giorno is one of the greatest artists and poets and I agree with the sentiments of this work.

B. Wurtz, Untitled (sock piece #3), 1992, at Kate MacGarry

I organized a survey of B. Wurtz’s work for New York’s Metro Pictures in 2011. He is such a brilliant visual thinker, his works are object-poems. This work from 1992 will only improve over time. I would enjoy looking at this every day.

Ella Kruglyanskaya at Kendall Koppe

Ella Kruglyanskaya had her debut solo exhibition at White Columns in 2011. She’s among the most interesting painters working anywhere. She currently has a solo exhibition at London’s Studio Voltaire, which I encourage you all to see.

Joan Jonas, Snake Drawing I, performance, The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things, 2005, at Wilkinson 

Joan Jonas will represent the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale. She’s such an inspiring artist. Her Venice exhibition will be curated by former White Columns’ director Paul Ha and Ute Meta Bauer, and I greatly look forward to seeing what they will do together. 

Lutz Bacher, Snow White, 2009, at Galerie Buchholz

Lutz Bacher’s work is both straight-forward and elusive. I first saw this work in London and it has stayed with me ever since. If I had money I would buy this.

Amikam Toren, Thursday September 5 1991, 1991, at Jessica Silverman Gallery 

The first art review I ever wrote—in the 1990s for the British art magazine Art Monthly—was about the work of Amikam Toren. Amikam is an important artist and continues to be an influential presence in the British art scene. His work should be better known.

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Matthew Higgs