Lauren Haynes's Top 5 Works on Frieze Viewing Room

The Queens Museum curator selects some of her favorites, including works by Pacita Abad, Betye Saar, Dyani White Hawk, Hana Ward and Anna Valdez

in Frieze Los Angeles , News | 15 FEB 23

Betye Saar

Red Hands, 2020-21

Oil, acrylic, mirrors, buttons on stitched and padded canvas

99.02" x 82.01" (251.5 cm x 208.3 cm)


Presented by Roberts Projects

Red Hands

I can never see too much work by Betye Saar. She’s been making artwork since the 1960s and I enjoy seeing how her work continues to evolve with her recent works. 

Pacita Abad

Palengke, 1986

Oil, acrylic, mirrors, buttons on stitched and padded canvas

99.02" x 82.01" (251.5 x 208.3 cm)


Presented by Tina Kim Gallery 


I love the layers and texture that exist in this work. The materials, including tiny mirrors and colorful buttons, are an intriguing combination.

Anna Valdez

I Spy Taxidermy Birds, 2022

Oil and acrylic on cavas

70" x 90" (177.8 x 228.6 cm)


Presented by Ochi

I Spy taxidermy Birds

I first became familiar with Anna Valdez’s work when I worked on an exhibition called The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art. Her work is incredibly detailed and the scenes she creates are all spaces where I want to be, filled with plants and books and art and color.

Hana Ward

We’ll need ceremony for the flowers, 2022

Oil on canvas

60" x 48" (152.4 x 121.91 cm)


Presented by Ochi 

We'll need ceremony for the flowers

I love the color palette in this work. I like how the person depicted is looking out at the viewer. I want to know more about her and the ceremony referenced in the title.

Dyani White Hawk

grassesgrassesgrasses, 2023

Acrylic, rhinestone chain and thread on canvas

47.99" x 47.99" (121.9 x 121.9 cm)


Presented by Various Small Fires (VSF)


I really love the way that Dyani White Hawk uses color and pattern in her work. I also really love the title of this work.

About Lauren Haynes

Lauren Haynes
Lauren Haynes. Photo: Rana Young

Lauren Haynes is Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs at the Queens Museum. Haynes’s recent curatorial projects include Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love (co-curator, 2023); The Power of Portraiture: Recent Acquisitions (2022); Beyond the Surface: Mixed Media and Textile Works from the Collection (2022); Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now (co-curator, 2022); Kenny Rivero: The Floor is Crooked (2021); Crystal Bridges at 10 (2021); Sarah Cain: In Nature (2021); State of the Art 2020 (co-curator, 2020); Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today (co-curator, 2019); and The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art (co-curator, 2018). As a specialist in contemporary art by artists of African Descent, Haynes spent nearly a decade at the Studio Museum in Harlem where she curated dozens of exhibitions including Alma Thomas (co-curator, 2016) and Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange (2015). Haynes serves on the board of the Association of Art Museum Curators and on the visiting committee for the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. Haynes was a 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow and a recipient of a 2020 ArtTable New Leadership Award. 

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