Frieze New York takes place this week, May 5-8, on Randall's Island. In addition to seeing a slew of glorious and challenging paintings, I'm looking forward to checking out the special tribute to Daniel Newburg Gallery, an artist-run space in operation 1984-1994. I went to Tufts with Danny back in the day, and when I finally moved to New York after studying painting at MassArt, I stopped by his gallery (Andrea Rosen was working the front desk) to show him my slides. The paintings were dark, emo-minimalist constructions--handstretched canvases combined with shaped wooden panels, stained dark, drippy colors with lots of wood grain. He held the slide sleeve up to the light and suggested I start thinking about images. Funny in retrospect, right? For the tribute at Frieze, Maurizio Cattelan, whose U.S. debut was Newburg's last show, will restage Enter at Your Own Risk—Do Not Touch, Do Not Feed, No Smoking, No Photographs, No Dogs, Thank you (1994), an installation that features a bare room, a live donkey, and a baroque chandelier.
[Image at top: Portrait of Maurizio Cattelan, 2007, Photo Pier Paolo Ferrari.]