Colour and Production - From the Atom to the Void

As part of Frieze New York's special programming, and in collaboration with Collective Design, Libby was invited to curate the first-ever design presentation for the fair.


Across both art and design from the 16th century to newly commissioned works, the exhibition focussed on the materiality of colour. Through advances in pigments, plastics, inert gasses and inks it gave agency back to colour and revealed information about the various forces of production that influence creative practice at any given time. Consequently, the selection also looked to contemporary practitioners who make commentary on our petrochemical reliance or the politics of color production and are instead turning to alternative, natural and pre-industrial sources for their work. All the works were consigned from leading galleries internationally and presented as part of Frieze Viewing Rooms, the online platform that grew from the fair's rapid response to COVID-19.

May 6, 2020