Blue-chip contemporary art galleries often choose to sit out the debut edition of a new art fair, but Frieze New York is a rare exception. Taking place May 4 to 7 on Randall’s Island, adjacent to Manhattan, its 170-plus exhibitors include several longtime attendees of the 10-year-old Frieze Art Fair held in London in October.
Manhattan gallery David Zwirner will bring Dan Flavin’s limited-edition 1969 square-shaped sculpture untitled (to dear, durable Sol from Stephen, Sonja and Dan). Flavin, who died in 1996, pioneered the use of fluorescent light as an art material. Designed for installation in a corner, the 8-foot-square sculpture features different shades of white light. Flavin dedicated the piece to fellow artist Sol LeWitt, who often used white cubes in his works. (The Stephen and Sonja mentioned in the title are Flavin’s son and wife.)
“Throughout his career, particularly when using fluorescent lamps, Flavin used color to activate architecture,” says gallery director Greg Lulay, adding that with this work, “He uses light, different kinds of light, to shine into the corner and out into space.” Priced at $1 million, the Flavin will appear alongside pieces by Donald Judd, John McCracken, and other minimalist artists whose estates the gallery represents. (212.463.7488, www.friezenewyork.com)
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