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Frieze Art Fair

Once an exclusively British event, last year, the Frieze Art Fair, a public exhibition of contemporary art sponsored by frieze magazine, spread from its origin in London across the pond to New York City. And this weekend, the hugely popular showcase descends on Randall’s Island for the second year in a row. The three-day long affair features work by artists from over 180 of the world’s top galleries. We’ve rounded up our favorite standout pieces.

1. Vlassis Caniaris, Back and Forth, 1962, mixed media, 80 cm x 170 cm

This Athens-born artist enjoyed experimenting with a wide range of materials. He eventually moved to Paris to work with the Nouveau Réalistes, a group of artists largely considered to be Europe’s take on American pop art, but never fully identified with the movement. He then returned to Greece, where he began creating installations that reflected the country’s public life. One work, titled Hélas-Hellas (the painter and his model), displayed “political demonstrators, lottery ticket sellers, apathetic observers of the events and illicit readers of newspapers set amidst a backdrop of smoking grills, public urinals and hanging drying clothes,” according to The Breeder, the gallery that showcases his work.

2. Johnny Abrahams, Line Study in Triangles, 2013, painting, 92 cm x 92 cm

If you stare at one of Johnny Abrahams’ paintings for too long, you just may get a headache. The New York artist makes meticulously crafted black and white large-scale canvases that feature different patterns and shapes. This one, Line Study in Triangles, uses lines to create the shape of triangles.

3. Monica Bonvicini, Belts Couch, 2004, sculpture, 160 cm x 55 cm

One of the more quixotic pieces in the exhibition, Monica Bonvicini’s Belts Couch, is, as its name suggests, a couch made entirely of old men’s leather belts. This artist, who lives and works in Berlin, reportedly created the piece in response to architectural spaces she’s determined were made exclusively for men. The sofa appears simultaneously intriguing and uncomfortable.

4. Do Ho Suh, Wielandstr. 18, 12159 Berlin, 2011, sculpture, 210 cm x 352 cm

This Korean artist, who received a BFA in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design as well as a MFA in sculpture from Yale University, builds installations that play with ideas of identity and transparency of space. Wielandstr. 18, 12159 Berlin, made of polyester fabric, is reminiscent of an opaque greenhouse.

5. Amanda Ross-Ho, Black Rags (I Still Hate Tuesdays), dyed jersey and rib, thread, 111.8 cm x 241.3 cm

Amanda Ross-Ho has had work exhibited in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, among others. She often uses found objects in her work. Black Rags (I Hate Tuesdays) is a cut-up garment made of jersey material and thread.

To learn more about Frieze New York, visit friezenewyork.com.

By Claire Stern

Photo credits: Courtesy of The Breeder, Johann Konig, Michell Innes & Nash; artruby.com; friezenewyork.com