Winner winner chicken dinner: Bridget Donahue awarded Frieze Frame Prize

The installation of drawings, collages and sculptures by Susan Cianciolo was inspired by a visit to a Milan eatery


Bridget Donahue gallery’s presentation of works by Susan Cianciolo (B25) has won Frieze’s prize for best in show at the fair’s Frame section, which features galleries under eight years old. The award carries a $7,500 honorarium, sponsored by Stella Artois.

The booth includes a series of drawings, collages and sculptures that Cianciolo made over the last 20 years and is timed to coincide with the current Whitney Biennial. Earlier in the biennial’s run, the museum re-staged her 2001 project Run Restaurant for several days. Cianciolo, who is also a fashion designer, was inspired to create the installation for Frieze by a visit to a Milan eatery with her dealer, Bridget Donahue.

Donahue says the works on show have “all lived lives of their own” before this presentation. “They didn’t come straight out of the studio to here. They’ve all been on a journey,” she says, noting that they've been included in other presentations of Cianciolo’s work.

Galeria Jaqueline Martins's booth in the Frame section, featuring works by the Brazilian artist Hudinilson Urbano Jr (B21), received a special commendation.