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Adrian Piper, “Everything #2.8. (Partial)”, 2003, Photocopy on square paper, sandpaper, ink-jet overprint, 21.6 x 27.9 cm. Private collection. Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation, Berlin.



From "Grant Wood Fever" to the MoMA retrospective of Adrian Adrian Piper's return home.


During Frieze New York, New York's major art institutions present world-class and diverse art exhibitions. The Frieze editors are here to bring you their favorite show recommendations.

Grant Wood, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”, 1931, oil painting on composite panel, 76 x 102 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1950. Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Images: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Acknowledgements: Art Resource, NY.


Andrew Durbin Recommended exhibition:


Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables”


The Whitney Museum in New York


Future generations may look back on the "Grant Wood fever" that sent New York into a frenzy with bewilderment. Why is an eccentric painter (the subject of a Whitney retrospective) so fascinating? To find out why, they need only look at what happened in the United States on November 8, 2016 -- why this strange age of ours has called for such a strange artist. Grant Wood's most famous work is "American Gothic". Instead of exploring the truth, Wood turns to the strange characters of the repressed mood and bizarre behavior of the American Midwest. Here, these subjects allow the viewer to find a "bearable moment of peace" when the gravity of life, the history of the fait accompli, reasserts its existence.(To borrow a phrase from George Washington)


- Andrew Durbin, senior editor at Frieze, lived in New York


Adrian Piper, Everything #2.8. (Partial), 2003, Photocopy on square paper, sandpaper, ink-jet overprint, 21.6 x 27.9 cm. Private collection.?Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation, Berlin.


Pablo Larios Recommended exhibition:


Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1065–2016”


Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA)


MoMA has devoted an entire floor to a retrospective of the conceptual artist Adrian Piper, "Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1065-2016," the first time the museum has devoted an entire floor to the work of a living artist.  The retrospective also appears to be a welcome return to Pyp's native New York, where she has been based since 2005. The timing of the exhibition was perfect. Starting with her role shifting art project Mythic Being (Fictional Being, 1973-5), Pyp boldly documented the "cultural atavism" of society, attempting to remove our cultural "defaults" and stereotypes and stereotypes about race, class and gender. Her work is always intense and political, yet fun and contemporary: disco, electrophonic juxtaposition with Kant and idealism. There is also a biography of the artist, and a fascinating memoir of the artist's life is presented to coincide with the exhibition. The show is full of "Food for the Soul" (a reference to the title of another of its early 1970s works), a welcome on a large scale to the return of "Imagined Presence" (which has always been there).


- Pablo Larios, senior editor at Frieze, lived in Berlin


Sylvia Palacios Whitman, “Passing Through”, 1977, Sonnabend Gallery Performance Art Record. Image: Babette Mangolte, 28 x 36 cm. Acknowledgements: Babette Mangolte, 1977 Babette Mangolte.


Amy Sherlock Recommended Exhibition:


Radical Women: Latin AMerican Art, 1960-1985”


Brooklyn Museum


Curators Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta have spent seven years researching "Radical Women: Art of Latin America, 1960-1985," a show that has toured from the Hamel Museum of Art in Los Angeles to the Brooklyn Museum. The reason for this is that most of the artists on show (more than 120) from 14 Latin American countries and the United States are nowhere to be found in art history. Multiple marginalization brought these artists together at a particular time of global political and aesthetic upheaval, as in another seminal recent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, "We Wanted a Revolution: "Black Radical Women 1965-85" (We Need Change: Black Radical Women 1965-85) is an important exhibition in the context of our times that is a constant reminder of how far we still have to go to achieve equality.


- Amy Sherlock, deputy editor of Frieze, lived in London


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(Source: Frieze)