Lauren Halsey. Photo: Rafael Hernandez/David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

Lauren Halsey Wins 2019 Frieze Artist Award

Frieze has selected the Los Angeles–based artist Lauren Halsey as the winner of the 2019 Frieze Artist Award. Halsey will receive $25,000 to realize a major site-specific work at the New York fair, which will take place from May 2 to May 5, 2019. Curated for the first time by Courtney J. Martin, deputy director and chief curator at the Dia Art Foundation, the Frieze Artist Award is supported by the Luma Foundation.

Inspired by Afrofuturism, hip-hop, and funk, Halsey makes work about, in response to, and in collaboration with the South Central Los Angeles communities of which she is a part. For Frieze New York, she will create an architectural intervention. Halsey will erect columns with carved surfaces evoking archetypal ruins in communal areas around the fair.

The artist was chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants hailing from more than fifty countries. Chaired by Loring Randolph, artistic director of Frieze Americas, the prize jury comprised Martin; artist Rina Banerjee; and Paulina Pobocha, an associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

“Lauren is an incredible artist, able to work in a variety of media,” Martin said. “I have watched her practice since she was a graduate student at Yale and am so pleased to see how she has developed into a complex maker. I am excited to be able to watch her expand her skills in new directions for this year’s prize.”