Frieze New York 2016: Meet the Fair’s Star Women Artists

Valerie Keane

One trend that’s carried over from March’s Armory Show to this week’s Frieze New York seems to be a strong showing of women artists, making it a welcome one indeed. Preview the best from the 200-plus galleries populating Randall’s Island, here, from the master ceramicist Betty Woodman to Anthea Hamilton, the British artist behind the fair’s army of mimes.


Valerie Keane at High Art

Valerie Keane may be showing her work with the Parisian gallery High Art, but the multimedia artist was born in New Jersey, in 1989. Specializing in eerie acrylic sculptures, she’s planned an installation for Frieze that mixes architectural prototypes with fetish toys.

Courtesy of High Art.


Roni Horn at Hauser & Wirth

Alongside the works of Paul McCarthy and Philip Guston, New York artist Roni Horn is showing her cheeky “Hack Wit” drawings with a series of glass sculptures that appear semi-solid, semi-liquid.

“Hack Wit – aching roses,” 2014. Watercolour, pen and ink, gum arabic on watercolour paper, cellophane tape. Photo by Alex Delfanne.


Anthea Hamilton for Frieze Projects

For her part in Frieze Projects, British artist Anthea Hamilton is employing an army of mimes that’ll pay performative tribute to Italian designer Mario Bellini’s plans for a utopian vehicle called Kar-A-Sutra.

Installation view of “Anthea Hamilton: LICHEN! LIBIDO! CHASTITY!,” SculptureCenter, 2015. Foam, epoxy, vinyl, wood, latex, paint. Courtesy of the artist and fully supported by Valeria Napole. Photo by Kyle Knodell.


Isa Genzken at David Zwirner

Berlin-based artist Isa Genzken is four decades into her career of examining material culture, incorporating everything from concrete to pizza boxes into her ambitious sculptures.

“Hallelujah (New Museum),” 2012. Wooden crates, acrylic on canvas, plastic, glass, dried branches, artificial flowers, and casters. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London.


Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner Lisa Yuskavage has a talent for hazy, technicolor landscapes, which she usually populates with barely clothed women.

“Stoned,” 2016. Oil and graphite on linen. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London.


Celia Hempton at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

Another London-based artist, Celia Hempton, born in 1981, paints graphic canvases of friends, models, and Internet acquaintances for a brightly colored examination of intimacy.

Installation view, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, 2014. Courtesy of Galleria Lorcan O’Neill.


Rachel Whiteread at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

The first woman to ever win the Turner Prize, London artist Rachel Whiteread takes normal household objects and turns them to resin. She sometimes works in concrete, too, once casting the entire interior of a Victorian house.

“Untitled,” 2012. Resin. Courtesy of Galleria Lorcan O’Neill.


Betty Woodman at Salon 94

A pioneer of contemporary ceramics, Betty Woodman has worked with vases since the ’50s. Her latest works with Salon 94 come fresh from her first solo exhibit in the U.K., at London’s ICA.

“Aeolian Pyramid,” 2001. Glazed earthenware, wood, paint. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94.


Liz Magic Laser for Frieze Sounds

Donald Trump will talk love and philosophy in an imagined therapy session soundtracking some parts of the fair, thanks to Brooklyn artist Liz Magic Laser.

“I Feel Your Pain” (a Performa Commission), 2011. Performance and single-channel video. Photo by Yola Monakhov, courtesy of the artist and Performa.


Cornelia Parker at Frith Street Gallery

With her Hitchcock-inspired haunted house on the Met rooftop close at hand, British artist Cornelia Parker is bringing more imaginative installations to New York, starting with “A Side of England,” a piece made from parts of the chalky cliff that once made up a part of the notorious suicide spot, Beachy Head, before a storm tore it apart in 1999. Her other works are bit less gravity-defying, though many just as striking, such as a text piece hand embroidered by prisoners.

“A Side of England,” 1999. Chalk collected from a cliff-fall at Beachy Head, Wire. Courtesy of Frith Street Gallery.


Patricia L Boyd at Jan Kaps

Patricia L Boyd is based between London and San Francisco, and her show with Cologne gallery Jan Kaps features both a series of sculptures cast from recycled restaurant grease and a series of prints of her back after a cupping treatment.

“Under Glass 1,” 2015. Silkscreen on paper, MDF, glass. Photo by Kiria Koula.