Ming Smith featured in High Snobiety

By Elliot Sang



April showers bring May flowers — and more art events. Kicking off the month is the highly anticipated Frieze New York, a fair which runs from May 2 to 5 on Manhattan’s off-shooting Randall’s Island.


The fair is filled with bougie amenities, picturesque springtime scenery, and complimentary cocktails to name just two,  but the real highlight is still why everyone is there — its enormous art selection, with a gallery featuring over 1000 artists from around the world.


Even the most studied art enthusiast would have trouble parsing through it all, so we’ve got a few suggestions.




This year’s winner of the Frieze New York 2019 Stand Prize comes courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery and features the work of Ming Smith, a pioneering black artist. The trail-blazing Smith was the first black female photographer featured at MOMA and the first female member of Kamoinge. The featured works include portraits of James Baldwin and Tina Turner as well as anonymous subjects, making use of blurry shots and post-production techniques to create images that simultaneously feel dreamier and more real than almost anything on display at the fair, even from artists her work predates by decades.