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French Contemporary Artist Annette Messager at Frieze New York

Photography © Marie Clerin

From May 5-9, 2021, the tenth edition of New York's premier art fair will take place in person at The Shed in Manhattan. Frieze New York will bring together over 60 leading galleries from around the world with the aim of supporting art through the ongoing global health crisis.


This year, Marian Goodman Gallery New York is bringing to the fair a solo presentation by celebrated French contemporary installation artist Annette Messager. The works will be on display at Booth B04 at Frieze New York.

On view will be two new installations and a recent series of drawings. Petite Babylone, 2019, is a floor installation made from hundreds of abstract shapes and bodily forms in black wrap mixed with stuffed animals. Shadows and light shift along the wall in this apocalyptic realm that evokes the end of civilization. Meanwhile, En même temps, 2021, consists of drawings and petites effigies, some forty tiny sculptures that seem to study the spectators who regard them. Messager's selection of drawings from 2016-2020 imagines the female body as an otherworldly landscape, populated by saturnine orbs, moonscapes, and floating islands of female forms.

Among other French artists with a presence at this year's gallery are: Daniel Buren--presented by Lisson Gallery--whose radical conceptual practice will be illuminated through three important works from his illustrious career of over 50 years; Jean-Luc Moulène, presented by Miguel Abreu; Neil Beloufa, presented by Mendes Wood DM; and Mernet Larsen, presented by James Cohan.

A number of French-owned galleries are presenting work as well. Since Emmannuel Perrotin founded Perrotin at the age of 21, the gallery has expanded to spaces in Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul. At Frieze, it will present works by French artists such as Xavier Veilhan, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Bernard Frize, and Laurent Grasso. Meanwhile, work by the French artist Neil Beloufa will also be presented by the Los Angeles-based gallery François Ghebaly.

About Annette Messager

Chimaeras / 1982-1984 / acrylic and oil on black and white photograph on mesh, acrylic paint on wall / overall dimensions variable / Courtesy: Marian Goodman Gallery Paris / New York

Annette Messager was born in Berk-sur-Mer, France, in 1943. Considered an iconic figure of conceptual and feminist practice, she now lives and works in Malakoff, just south of Paris. Messager was awarded the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture in 2016 and the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Recently, her works have been shown at the Institut Giacometti in Paris (2018), the Institut Valencià Art Modern (IVAM) in Spain (2018), and the Villa Medici in Rome (2017). The Tel Aviv Museum of Art will present a major exhibition of her work in February 2022. Important early solo exhibitions in the U.S. for Messager were held at MoMA PS1, New York and SF MoMA (1981), and at MoMA, New York and LACMA, Los Angeles (1995).

About Frieze

Frieze New York (est. 2012) invites the world’s leading galleries to showcase ambitious solo, group and themed presentations by pioneering artists and offers visitors the opportunity to discover up-and-coming talent and engage with some of art history’s most important figures. Frieze New York is part of the larger Frieze Art Fair, an international contemporary art fair that takes place in London, New York, and Los Angeles.

At the core of the 2021 programming is a Tribute to the Vision & Justice Project and its founder, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Associate Professor at Harvard University. Over 50 galleries and institutions have pledged their support for the project and will respond to the question, "How are the arts responsible for disrupting, complicating, or shifting narratives of visual representation in the public realm?"

Tickets to this year's gallery are sold out. However, Frieze Viewing Room will run online parallel to the event and will be live from May 5 - 14. The first two days will be limited to invitees and members, but the online space will be open to the public from May 7 onward. This digital initiative, introduced in 2020, takes the form of a mobile app and web-based platform and offers expanded online programming, with a list of over 160 exhibitors, to connect galleries and audiences around the world. The fair’s core program of artist talks, special projects and commissions will be accessible both at the fair and online via this digital platform.

For the first time ever, the gallery will be held at The Shed, a cultural center located in Hudson Yards, Manhattan. Since it opened its doors in 2019, The Shed has been commissioning, presenting and hosting a wide range of activities in performing arts, visual arts and pop culture.

The Shed’s Bloomberg Building, September 2020. Photo: Brett Beyer. Project Design Credit: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect.

Salon Zürcher: a mini satellite fair

Salon Zürcher is a satellite fair of Frieze that offers visitors an intimate alternative to the large-scale, superstore style of Frieze. The upcoming edition, The 11 Women of Spirit, Pt. 3, 24th Edition, New York, invites a distinguished group of 11 women artists to show their work in the Zürcher Gallery space, located in New York’s NoHo / East Village neighborhood and in walking distance from the New Museum, Lower East Side and TriBeCa art scene. Visitors have the rare chance to speak directly with the artists at this fair, which is open May 3 - May 9, 2021 and will include an online video tour and viewing room in addition to in-peron visits.

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