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Liz Andrews’s Five Favorite Works from Frieze New York Viewing Room 2023

The Executive Director of Spelman College Museum of Fine Art selects powerful paintings, sculpture and prints by Jack Whitten, June Clark and Mary Lovelace O'Neal, amongst others 

in Frieze New York , News | 10 MAY 23

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TID - Flowers and Still Life, Who Expected It, circa 1990s

Mixed media on canvas

213.4 cm x 152.4 cm

Presented by Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Abstract painting by Lovelace O'Neal, purple hues
Mary Lovelace O’Neal, TID- Flowers and Still Life, Who Expected It, circa 1990s, mixed media on canvas, 84 x 60 in, signed verso. Courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery; Copyright Mary Lovelace O’Neal. Photography credit Robert Divers Herrick 

This painting is simultaneously abstract and representative in a way only Mary Lovelace O’Neal could achieve. In this 'still life,' I see both an ode to and challenge of art history.


Untitled (from the Perseverance Suite), 2023

Silver tray, Railroad spikes

20.32 cm x 27.94 cm x 27.94 cm

Presented by Daniel Faria Gallery


Railroad spikes on silver platter
June Clark, Untitled (from the Perseverance Suite), 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery Photo: Dean Tomlinson

June Clark brings together two metal objects that suggest the labor of people she has known, and many more from generations past. A pristine silver tray holds up rusted railroad spikes, offering a sharp visual contrast and commentary.


Untitled, 1976

Acrylic on canvas

181 cm x 179.1 cm

Presented by Hauser & Wirth

jack whitten abstract with black lines geometric
Jack Whitten, Untitled, 1976. Acrylic on canvas, 181 x 179.1 cm / 71 1/4 x 70 1/2 inches. Photo: Sarah Muehlbauer © Jack Whitten Estate. Courtesy the Estate and Hauser & Wirth. 

At just the moment when Jack Whitten sought to disguise the trace of the artist's hand, his signature was most profound. With paint applied on the front of the canvas, and pressure applied from behind it, Whitten created a powerful texture in this monochromatic work.


The Fire Next Time, 1988

Illuminated globe and fire extinguisher

99 cm x 41 cm x 41 cm

Presented by Galeria Luisa Strina

globe on fire extinguisher, illuminated
Alfredo Jaar, The Fire Next Time, 1988. Illuminated globe and fire extinguisher, 99 cm x 41 cm x 41 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galeria Luisa Strina

Alfredo Jaar’s The Fire Next Time is a dedication to a book written by James Baldwin of the same title. Baldwin’s book came from the turbulence of the 1960s, and Jaar’s sculpture reflects the conflicts of the 1980s, yet the relevance of an illuminated globe atop a fire extinguisher remains painfully relevant in our world of the 2020s.


Untitled, 2023

Inkjet print 

244.5 cm x 159.4 cm x 5.1 cm

Presented by David Kordansky Gallery

Colourful collage Halsey work with ancient columns and futuristic elements
Lauren Halsey, Untitled, 2023. Inkjet print, 243.8 x 158.8 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery

Multiple sites of origin - real, romanticized, and perhaps longed for - exist in this digital collage by Lauren Halsey. Outer space, monuments to the pharaohs of Egypt, and the sights of South Central LA are (re)mixed together in colorful spendor.


About Liz Andrews

Portrait of Liz Andrews
Liz Andrews. Photo by Julie Yarbrough, 2022

Liz Andrews is an artist, curator, museum professional, and leader who is dedicated to the arts and social justice. She is the Executive Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the only museum in the nation focused on art by and about women of the African diaspora.

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Main Image: Lauren Halsey, Untitled (detail), 2023. Inkjet print, 243.8 x 158.8 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery