Frieze New York 2021; Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

Frieze New York 2021; Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

This May, Dean Kissick goes to Frieze, rolls his eyes at the Turner Prize shortlist, and sees New York opening up again.

 Pencil/Line/Eraser,  John Wood and Paul Harrison, 2008, Courtesy Cristin Tierney Gallery

Pencil/Line/Eraser, John Wood and Paul Harrison, 2008, Courtesy Cristin Tierney Gallery

The Daata fair is here again, but pay attention, the offerings are not for the easily distracted. From formalist experiments to fictional journeys through a painted forest to pranks with a potent political message, the works on offer this year are only up for a few more days.

 Lugas Syllabus, For a Thousand Mrmories , 2020-2021, Brass, Alluminium, Stainless steel 200 x 70 x 30 cm, Courtesy Linda Gallery 

Lugas Syllabus, For a Thousand Mrmories, 2020-2021, Brass, Alluminium, Stainless steel 200 x 70 x 30 cm, Courtesy Linda Gallery 

At Beijing Gallery Weekend, smaller off-spaces and well-established non-profit institutions like UCCA, M Woods, and Beijing Inside-Out alike showcased the enthusiasm, energy, and drive of this propitious endeavour.

 Manfred Pernice, Baum , 2020, metal, iron, 138 x 97 x 93 cm

Manfred Pernice, Baum, 2020, metal, iron, 138 x 97 x 93 cm

Spike editors Colin Lang and Alexandra Germer went 50/50 on Berlin Gallery Weekend, traversing the city in pursuit of art and optimism.

 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani,  LIFE-WELL,  2013, installation, fog, 5-channel audio, LED light, motorized mirror, camera. Original Development: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

View of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani, LIFE-WELL, 2013, fog, 5-channel audio, LED light, motorised mirror, camera at M Woods (Original Development: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media). 

A construction worker plunged to his death in early March while installing Ryuichi Sakamoto’s latest exhibition on the roof of the M Woods Museum in Beijing. Spike Contributing Editor Jaime Chu on the aftermath. 

 Duccio di Buoninsegna,  The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain , 1308–11

Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain, 1308–11

Dean Kissick goes to the Frick Madison on a beautiful spring day.

 Fire , 2021, Oil on canvas, 177 x 213 cm All images courtesy White Cube

Fire, 2021, Oil on canvas, 177 x 213 cm

All images courtesy White Cube

Margaux Williamson at White Cube, London

 Nyan Cat (2011)

Nyan Cat (2011)

You can run but you can’t hide. Dean Kissick on NFTs and the pervasiveness of mundane art.

 Readellion co-founders Mariia Diakova and George Vyhranovskyi

Readellion co-founders Mariia Diakova and George Vyhranovskyi

They’re the front line workers of the art world, or something. In Spike’s new series, Shoptalk, we call book and magazine stores and publishers from around the world to see what they’re reading, thinking, stocking, and plotting. First up is Mariia Diakova and George Vyhranovskyi of Readellion, who play fairy-godparents to Kyiv’s budding art scene. 

 View from outside

View from outside

From the Archives: an interview with artist Kader Attia about La Colonie in Paris

 Left: Vue du torrent du Valentin dans le parc des Buttes Chaumont au sud , 2020 Acrylic on canvas, 197 x 138 cm Right: Capriccio à Paris , 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 250 cm

Left: Vue du torrent du Valentin dans le parc des Buttes Chaumont au sud, 2020 Acrylic on canvas, 197 x 138 cm

Right: Capriccio à Paris, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 250 cm

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy at Museum Frieder Burda – Salon Berlin