More than 200 galleries from around the world are participating in the Frieze Art Fair’s inaugural online viewing rooms, which opened to VIPs on Wednesday, will open to the general public on Friday, and will be accessible through May 15th. They’re an alternative to the British fair’s annual New York edition on Randall’s Island, which was canceled this year due to COVID-19. Unusual presentations and special sections enliven the platform, including October Gallery’s selection of spooky spray paintings (and a door riddled with bullet holes) by famed writer and ne’er-do-well William S. Burroughs, and a “Chicago Tribute” sector featuring work by female artists from Chicago—including Gertrude Abercrombie, Evelyn Statsinger, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung is known to push the boundaries of traditional two-dimensional painting with abstract sculptural works that embrace collage, …, to name a few.
While some repeat fair visitors will miss the water taxi ride and the sight of the mighty Frieze tent, others will find solace browsing the rich offerings from the comfort of their home, wearing pajamas and slippers instead of their art-world uniforms. Here are our favorites from the fair’s virtual booths.
Donald Ellis Gallery
With works by indigenous cultures of the Great Plains
Attributed to Nokkoist (aka Bear's Heart), Southern Cheyenne, Central Plains, ca. 1875-78. Courtesy of Donald Ellis Gallery, New York.
New York’s Donald Ellis Gallery is showing some of the fair’s oldest objects: 19th-century works on paper (and one on muslin) by indigenous peoples from the Great Plains. The displayed “Ledger drawings” helped people of the Lakota, Crow, Arapaho, and Cheyenne tribes record history, since they had no written language. The compositions feature warriors on horseback, a patchwork train roaring across a verdant plain, bands of marching figures, and a quiet handshake between two teepees. To the contemporary viewer, the works offer insights into the styles, conflicts, and communities of another era……………….