Frieze New York is certainly doing things right. Starting with the spacious green surroundings of Randall’s Island to the light-filled tent structure by local architect firm SO-IL, the various special projects commissioned specifically for the fair, to talks and trendy food offerings—everything from the monumental to the minute is well considered to the last detail. The result is an attractive and engaging environment for viewing art.
Running in its second year, the fair brings together more the 180 galleries under one roof and offers a diverse palette of artworks for every taste and preference. This year’s fair features a broader survey of international galleries, 32 up from last year’s 28. New exhibitors include Leo Xu Projects from Shanghai, Capetown’s Whatiftheworld and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery from Sydney, Australia. There has also been a 20 percent increase in the number of New York galleries.
Highlights include Mateo Tannatt’s sculpture and performance piece, a part of this year’s Frieze Projects commissions. Tannatt punctuates the fair with seven individual sculptures accompanied by scripted performances and written texts. Peppered throughout the space and activated at various intervals, it subtly disrupts and surprises when you least expect it.
Food 1971/2013, another Frieze Project, recreates the renowned conceptual restaurant by Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden back in the 70’s. Continuing on the thread of paying homage to the past—German artist Tobias Rehberger re-imagines Bar Oppenheimer, a famous Frankfurt tavern where artists gather and drink. Located inside the Hôtel Americano in Chelsea, the bar was created to coincide with fair and will remain open for the next three months.
Along with the industry heavyweights, up-and-coming galleries are also given a platform to showcase their roster of artists under Frieze Frame—devoted to solo presentations by galleries younger than six.
Frieze New York is definitely worth a trip—whether a dose of inspiration or a new acquisition, you’re guaranteed to leave with something unexpected.
Frieze New York
Randall’s Island, Manhattan