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Frieze London 2019
October 2 – 6, 2019

Booth G22
Regent’s Park
London, United Kingdom

 

Alexander Gray Associates presents an exhibition of recent and historical works by ten Gallery artists, including Frank Bowling, Ricardo Brey, Teresa Burga, Luis Camnitzer, Melvin Edwards, Harmony Hammond, Lorraine O’Grady, Betty Parsons, Joan Semmel, and Valeska Soares.

Frank Bowling

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Frank Bowling, Swimmer III, 2017, acrylic and mixed media on collaged canvas, 39.37h x 26.38w in (100h x 67w cm) Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Hales Gallery, London; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles. © Frank Bowling/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; DACS, London.
For over five decades, Frank Bowling’s practice has been defined by its integration of autobiography and postcolonial geopolitics into abstraction. KITESTALE (2019) features an arrangement of paint and gel medium whose distinct topography suggests that of an archipelago. Reimagining the stenciled landmasses of Bowling’s celebrated 1967–71 Map Paintings, the painting reveals the artist’s ongoing investigation into the nature and possibilities of painting.

Ricardo Brey

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Ricardo Brey, La palabra (The word), 2018, mixed media, 19.69h x 4.72w x 25.98d in (50h x 12w x 66d cm)
Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York. © Ricardo Brey/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Since the late 1970s, Ricardo Brey’s multidisciplinary practice has focused on his research into the origins of humanity and humankind’s place in the world. In sculptures like You Can’t Escape From What You Are (2013), Brey juxtaposes found objects to create a complex narrative about identity and place. Brey's interest in these salvaged objects is tied to his Afro-Cuban spiritual heritage; he believes that all the materials he uses have souls, and that by repurposing them in his artwork he is renewing them—giving them new life.

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Lorraine O'Grady, Miscegenated Family Album (Motherhood), L: Nefertiti; R: Devonia reading to Candace and Edward, Jr., 1980/1994, cibachrome prints, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm), Edition of 8 Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York. © Lorraine O’Grady/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Lorraine O’Grady’s multidisciplinary practice seeks to confront the limitations of a culture built on exclusivity and resistance to difference. Her celebrated series, Miscegenated Family Album (1980/1994), is a photo-installation of 16 diptychs. In this strongly feminist “novel in space,” O’Grady attempts to resolve a troubled relationship with her sister, Devonia, by inserting their story into that of Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnedjmet. Building on remarkable physical resemblances, the paired images span the coeval distance between sibling rivalry and hero worship through “chapters” on such topics as motherhood, ceremonial occasions, husbands, and aging.

Valeska Soares

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Valeska Soares, Doubleface (Permanent Rose/Ultramarine Blue-Phthalo Blue), 2019, oil paint and cut out on vintage oil painting, 42h x 30w x 4d in (106.68h x 76.2w x 10.16d cm) Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo. © Valeska Soares.

Luis Camnitzer

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Luis Camnitzer, Esto no es una pipa, 1974, mixed media, 13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)
Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Galería Parra & Romero, Madrid. © Luis Camnitzer/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Luis Camnitzer’s artwork explores subjects such as social injustice, repression, and institutional critique. His 2017 Improbabilities series consists of dice arranged into patterns based on numerical repetition. Subverting the original function of the dice, Camnitzer’s compositions reveal his interest in literal gameplay, as well as his belief that art—and life—are games.

Valeska Soares

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Valeska Soares, Doubleface (Permanent Rose/Ultramarine Blue-Phthalo Blue), 2019, oil paint and cut out on vintage oil painting, 42h x 30w x 4d in (106.68h x 76.2w x 10.16d cm) Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo. © Valeska Soares.

Luis Camnitzer

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Luis Camnitzer, Esto no es una pipa, 1974, mixed media, 13.50h x 9.88w x 2d in (34.29h x 25.08w x 5.08d cm)
Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Galería Parra & Romero, Madrid. © Luis Camnitzer/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Luis Camnitzer’s artwork explores subjects such as social injustice, repression, and institutional critique. His 2017 Improbabilities series consists of dice arranged into patterns based on numerical repetition. Subverting the original function of the dice, Camnitzer’s compositions reveal his interest in literal gameplay, as well as his belief that art—and life—are games.