06 May 2016 The fifth edition of NADA New York opened yesterday, and as ever, it was teeming with collectors and artists eager to set their sights on the fair’s 108 booths. The largest edition to date, this year sees exhibitors from 18 countries and 44 cities, including 51 first-time exhibitors. It also features an especially strong selection of painting, with works by a fresh generation of young painters—including these 12 you need to know.
B. 1980 IN LONDON. LIVES AND WORKS IN LONDON
ON VIEW AT EDEL ASSANTI
In compositions pulling from masterworks of art history, 36-year-old British artist Lewis paints scenes from urban society and his own experience—a working-class cafe in London, a drug dealer’s home in Essex, a sex show in Bangkok—with raw, visceral brushstrokes. Recalling references from Pablo Picasso to Henry Moore, George Condo to Philip Guston, his works draw from the history of painting—and at £8,000 apiece, four had sold by the end of opening day.
B. 1990 IN HARLEM, NY. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW HAVEN, CT
ON VIEW AT THIERRY GOLDBERG
That her four paintings (priced between $7,000–20,000) sold out within the first minutes of the fair speaks to the momentum Self has seen since her graduation from the Yale MFA program last spring—notably a 2015 group show at the Studio Museum in Harlem and a current show at the Hammer Museum. Self is known for her figurative collages that explore the black female body in contemporary culture, and at the fair, The Engagement (2016) tells the story of a couple through hand-stitched figures formed using fabric from her family home in Harlem. In the work, the female character is flanked by a ghostly figure. “I wanted to explain that the female protagonist, while she has a tangible attachment to the male, has another part of her identity that is not visibly seen,” Self told me.
B. 1986, BOSTON. LIVES AND WORKS IN QUEENS, NY
ON VIEW AT STEMS GALLERY
Recent Yale grad Faux makes paintings in pairs that, teetering on the edges of abstraction and pornography, present two visions of a single gesture. InBlacklight and Prickly Things (both 2016; $6,000) a woman licks her own nipple; the former is a lurid, acidic night scene and the latter, a jovial, solitary moment in the day. “I’m thinking about how you might have contradictory feelings with one sensation,” said the Boston-born artist, happy lingering near her solo booth by Stems Gallery, who will present her solo show this June. “You might remember a physical experience one way for a period of time, but then you change your memory and rewrite your narrative.”
B. 1985, CHICAGO. LIVES AND WORKS IN BROOKLYN
ON VIEW AT NICELLE BEAUCHENE GALLERY
Ahead of her first solo show at Brooklyn gallery Signal later this month, you’ll find two of Kasey’s voluptuous, Botero-like figures and dreamy, surrealist landscapes in Nicelle Beauchene’s booth: a fleshy, reclining figure, Person Lying on a Salty Beach (2015; $10,000), that hangs in the booth’s interior and fake plant at a restaurant (2015; $8,500), a mysterious tableaux where a bellybutton, a pierced ear, and the tips of fingers curiously peek between leaves, which calls fairgoers into her painted world.
B. 1986 UPPSALA, SWEDEN. LIVES AND WORKS IN OSLO AND LONDON
ON VIEW AT HESTER
In sunbleached, painterly washes and amoebic, sea life forms, Bley’s work recalls both the ceramics of Ron Nagle and the stain paintings of Helen Frankenthaler—but the young Swedish painter is making a name all her own. Coinciding with her first-ever solo show in the U.S. at Hester, the gallery presents three large canvases by Bley at NADA, ahead of her solo exhibition at Kunsthall Oslo in 2017.
B. 1982 IN LOS ANGELES. LIVES AND WORKS IN BROOKLYN, NY
ON VIEW AT JACK HANLEY
Forever touched by a photograph her mother once showed her—of the happiest time in her life, at a slumber party in the ’70s—Hahn paints the ups, the downs, and the disillusionment in the life cycle of a woman. Following her solo show at Jack Hanley in February, Hahn debuts four new paintings at NADA that take a newly methodical bent: Stippled with meticulous patterning, the series sees a woman happily confined to a flower patterned room, wearing flowered clothing, and reading books about, you guessed it, flowers. Calling to mind the pattern-sheathed women of Gustav Klimt, three of the four works (priced between $3,000–$3,500) had quickly sold within the first hours of the preview.
Sojourner Truth Parsons
B. 1984, VANCOUVER, CANADA. LIVES AND WORKS IN LOS ANGELES
ON VIEW AT TOMORROW
Sojourner Truth, Parsons paints strong female characters, like the scintillating, silhouetted figure smoking in the darkness in her large-scale work Anthony at Night with the butterflies (2016). Ahead of her summer group show with Foxy Production and a fall solo show at Night, four paintings—evoking Tom Wesselmann cut-outs with their scrappy and material canvas glued onto canvas—were quickly sold on the range of $6,000–7,500.
B. 1983 IN BRILON, GERMANY. LIVES AND WORKS IN DÜSSELDORF
ON VIEW AT MIER GALLERY
Schröder’s performative doodles and scribbles—signatures, initials, abbreviations—call on her own handwriting as a form of self-portraiture. In two of the three paintings at NADA (both priced at $8,000 and both sold on opening day) the artist’s swift gestures have been scrawled with indelible pencil. The blue lead will eventually fade into graphite, raising questions of originality versus reproduction.
B. 1990 IN MONTREAL. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK
ON VIEW WITH GALERIE SÉBASTIEN BERTRAND
Last year, Wise’s Prada-stamped bread bag, Ain’t No Challah Back(pack)(2014), was a highlight of NADA. This year, the Canadian artist continues to explore the semiotics of desire, consumerism, and luxury, this time throwing painting into the mix. In Life’s Rough, But Not Rough Enough(2016), a bare-chested woman clad in elbow-length gloves stands among a spread of fruit and flowers; a nearby sculpture, A Magnificent Forgetting(2016), sees a papaya with a piercing. “These fetish items connote bondage, and the still life, art-historically, is a display of abundance but also a reminder of memento mori,” said Wise. “These decadent, succulent things are all going to rot and die, and the image of the female body is an image of something that’s transient.”
B. 1979, JAPAN. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK
ON VIEW AT PROYECTOS ULTRAVIOLETA
Japanese painter Ikezoe’s playful taxonomies of like objects—a microwave, a lightning bug, and a laptop, all emitting light; or an eyeball, a beach ball, and an apple, sharing a spherical shape—function as explorations of man’s relationship to nature. Six of these works fill the back wall of the New York-based artist’s solo booth with Guatemala City gallery Proyectos Ultravioleta—though at $4,000 apiece, the works were quickly snapped up in the first two hours of opening day.
B. 1979 IN VANCOUVER. LIVES AND WORKS IN MONTREAL
ON VIEW AT PARISIAN LAUNDRY
Matisse cutouts, Yves Klein’s human paintbrushes, or Kim Kardashian’s silhouette? Self-taught, Montreal-based artist Paradis reinterprets various aspects of art history in a contemporary way; in Turn to you (2016; $2,600), for example, four shapes present the above conundrum. Also on view at NADA, Paradis shows checkered, painted wooden sculptures,Lucca (2016; $3,600) and Veronica (2016; $2,700), that call to mind the can-can dancers of Toulouse-Lautrec.
B. 1982 IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN. LIVES AND WORKS IN BROOKLYN, NY
New York-based artist Tranchell has a habit of strolling through hardware stores in search of materials for his work—evidenced by the two small paintings on view in Essex Flowers’s booth, each adorned with an array of doorknobs and leftover house paint. Priced at $2,200 apiece, the works recall the colors and forms of the Memphis Group and consider the idea of utility and labor as it relates to the job of an artist.