FRIEZE NEW YORK MAKES ITS DEBUT ON RANDALL’S ISLAND

Anish Kapoor, anybody? Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2010. Lisson Gallery, London

What goes up must come down. John Stezaker, Man Ascending I, 1979, collage. The approach, London. 

Now do you recognize me? Rigoberto Torres, next to his likeness by John Ahearn, South Bronx Hall of Fame, 1979. Newly commissioned casts were created during the course of Frieze New York. Passersby were able to observe the actual process. 

This pot runneth over. Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled, 2011. Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Quentin, is that you? Jim Lambie, Beautiful Future, 2012. Photo collage with metal teapots. The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow. 

.Indeed. Jeremy Deller, Bless This Acid House, 2012. Painting on metal, for door. The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow. 

If you say so. Richard Hughes,  Untitled, 2012. The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow. 

 I see, therefore I am. Etienne Chambaud, Inscribed Sun, 2012. Fired clay. Undercut, 2012. Sies + Höke Galerie, Dusseldorf.

Cy Tombly’s spiritual cousin. Alice Channer, Ears (A) and (B), 2012, Digital prints on spandex, aluminum. The approach, London.

Art Fair stare. Frieze Fair New York style: Madison and Mike.

 Ready, set, go! Frieze Fair New York style: Daniel and Eric. 

English accent is optional. Soho House Frieze NY outpost.

Frieze New York proved that New Yorkers are far from complacent when it comes to the opportunity to see some new art. A ferry, a subway, a bus ride, a taxi, no, nothing stood between diehard art aficionados and Frieze New York, not even the East River. This fair was different from any other. Creature comforts par excellence: edible food (from pizza to haute cuisine) on site, the most elegant loos seen at any art fair in the recent past, and perhaps most importantly, glorious space, yes, space, and lots of it. Enough for a sculpture park, and room for the gallerists to create installations that left plenty of breathing room for the art, as well as for the visitors. The most wonderfully curated selection of books thanks to booksellers Artbook & Koenig Books put temptation within an arm’s reach. Glasgow’s The Modern Institute was a welcome discovery, as was London’s The approach. Neither of these galleries showed at the last round of New York City based art fairs, so it was especially exciting to see their selection of work.

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