Art Out: Frieze NY, Cig Harvey, Miles Aldridge
7 May 2021
Frieze New York
May 5-9 2021.
Frieze New York will introduce a new location in 2021, with New York’s leading art fair to take place at The Shed. Developed to produce and welcome innovative art and ideas across all forms of creativity, The Shed will provide the context and flexibility of space required to meet the needs of Frieze New York’s gallery community at this all-important time and realise the fair’s ambitious plans. Taking place from May 5 – 9, 2021, Frieze New York is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank, continuing a shared commitment to artistic excellence.
Frieze New York at The Shed will host more than 60 of the world’s leading galleries – and feature the fair’s much-celebrated section, Frame, devoted to younger galleries – alongside an anchor program of collaborations, special projects and talks. In addition, a dedicated edition of Frieze Viewing Room will run alongside Frieze New York at The Shed that will benefit from enhanced digital functionality and reach a global online audience. Frieze and The Shed are committed to the highest health and safety standards and will employ the appropriate policies and procedures to ensure the safety of visitors, galleries and staff.
Ideally situated in Manhattan, The Shed is located at 545 West 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, in close proximity to major arts destinations including The High Line and the Chelsea Arts District.
Miles Aldridge – Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1999 to 2020.
May 7 – October 2021
Opening on Friday, May 7th at Fotografiska New York, the exhibition will be Aldridge’s first museum retrospective in the US, comprising 64 works spanning the artist’s career. The show draws on Aldridge’s highly composed and cinematically inspired tableaus, including his 2015 project (after Cattelan) in which the artist Maurizio Cattelan invited Aldridge to respond to his sculptures over the course of one night together in a Paris museum. Aldridge’s unique style is also applied to portraiture and his subjects include Marina Abramović, Gilbert and George, Sophie Turner, Viola Davis, Michael Fassbender, Donatella Versace and David Lynch.
With so many diverse influences coming from the history of cinema, when everything was still shot on analogue film, Aldridge likewise prefers to shoot on film rather than digital. Every print in the exhibition was captured on Kodak Colour Negative. A recurring theme throughout Aldridge’s oeuvre is the false promise of luxury. Psychedelic interiors are furnished with the trappings of mid-century suburban comfort: gleaming kitchen appliances, candy colored telephones, and well-groomed pets denote success. The images of domesticity are often undercut with a bittersweet edge; a personal reflection of Aldridge’s childhood memories of his mother after a shattering divorce.
Aldridge’s work conflates historic and modern motifs and makes subtle reference to the art historical canon. Only rarely does he allow the real world to encroach upon the imagined realm. Through his lens, even reality appears artificial.
Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1999 to 2020 is curated by Nadine Barth, barthouse Berlin, in collaboration with Johan Vikner, Director of Global Exhibitions at Fotografiska International. This installment marks the second iteration of the show which debuted at Fotografiska Stockholm in September 2020 and ran till March 2021. The exhibition has been made in close collaboration with the artist and his galleries; Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, Lyndsey Ingram Gallery, London, Christophe Guye Gallerie, Zurich, Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, and Casterline Goodman Gallery, Aspen.