Tino Sehgal’s Upcoming Piece at Frieze New York: “Real” Manga Girl Accosts People

May 8, 2013 | Kyle Chayka

The artist Tino Sehgal is widely known for his one-time social encounters, producing an artwork that only occupies space and time in the process. These works are often referred to by Seghal as “constructed situations” and are not exactly the type of thing you usually see occupying the booths of art fairs.

Yet, this year at Frieze New YorkMarian Goodman Gallery has decided to include Seghal’s 2011 piece Ann Lee, a piece based on the fictional Japanese manga character that was purchased in 1999 by French artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno for exclusive use in their artwork. In the work Seghal employs a young girl to engage in conversations with visitors asking if they had heard of her. It may be interesting to see how this plays out during the busy fair or if anyone will even notice.

He’s also a Turner Prize nominee this year, but boo Seghal, go Shrigley. (Photo: Inside Installations)