A selection of the world’s top galleries present their artist’s work at the exhibition, held for the first time in New York in May 2012. Hlobo’s representative, Stevenson Gallery of Cape Town, South Africa, displayed part of the installation that Hlobo created for the Liverpool Biennale. It had only ever been seen in Liverpool and Oslo, both cities “slightly on the periphery of the art world,” according to Joost Bosland of Stevenson. “We wanted to show Nicholas’ work in New York after all the attention he has received internationally as a result of the Venice Biennale and the mentorship with Anish Kapoor, and thought Frieze would get the piece the exposure that we felt it deserved.”
The response to Hlobo’s work was extraordinary, including a cover feature in the Frieze issue of Art Newspaper and stories in The Guardian and The Independent in London. Equally importantly, Hlobo’s creation is now part of a remarkable private art collection.
Hlobo is currently poised to unveil a new installation on Cockatoo Island as part of the Sydney Biennale. Click here to learn more about this exhibition.