frieze new york 2014

‘Pussy Pouches’ for Pussy Riot Founders at Frieze Talks

Maria "Masha" Tolokonnikova and Nadezhda "Nadya" Alyokhina. (Courtesy Frieze New York)

“It’s so dreary at art fairs talking about art fairs and collections. You know what I mean?” said Tom Eccles, the executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, who co-organized this year’s program of Frieze Talks. “It’s normally sort of very self-congratulatory, it’s the usual subjects.”

He was standing outside the Randall’s Island tent on Friday, stealing a quick cigarette, after the most-talked-about talk on his roster wrapped up: Pussy Riot cofounders in conversation with New Yorker editor David Remnick. Read More

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On Getting Kicked in the Balls at Frieze New York

Jonathan Monk at Nicolai Waller. (The New York Observer)

Art fairs may be existentially painful, but rarely do they cause much bodily harm beyond headaches and blisters. At the booth of Copenhagen’s Galleri Nicolai Wallner, however, the hazards are higher. Four sets of robotic legs, mounted on the wall in a row and wearing colorful stockings, take turns Can-Can-ing skywards. “A guy got kicked in the balls,” Mr. Wallner told a thoroughly startled looking man, who had nearly met the same fate. Read More

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Mitchell-Innes & Nash Now Represents Nancy Graves Foundation, Shows Works on Paper at Frieze


A brightly colored gouache painting by Nancy Graves, the first female artist to receive a solo exhibition at the Whitney, is in the corner of Mitchell-Innes & Nash’s booth at Frieze New York. The gallery just began representing the late artist’s foundation, after Lucy Mitchell-Innes and Robert Grosman, a director at the gallery, made some unexpected discoveries there. Read More

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Frieze New York 2014 Preview: Part 3

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Ed Ruscha, Crystal Skies, 2013

The third and final installment of our Frieze New York preview has arrived. There are some big names in this one—Ed Ruscha at Gagosian, Donald Judd at David Zwirner and—yes!—Katherine Bernhardt at Canada, plus 30 more artists, established and on the make. As a reminder, the fair runs on Randall’s Island from May 9 through May 12, with a preview day on May 8. Read More

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Here’s the 2014 Frieze New York Exhibitor List

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Frieze New York is returning for its third edition in 2014, drawing 192 galleries from 28 countries to its big, bright white tent on Randall’s Island from May 9 to 12. The London-born fair appears to have taken hold in its new city, with a consistent number of local galleries returning—53 New York dealers will show at the next edition—along with some notable newcomers. “What’s nice to see is we’ve added Barbara Gladstone this year, who’s a great, stellar foundation of a community in New York,” Frieze co-director Amanda Sharp told The Observer. Among the New York galleries coming back for another year are Luhring Augustine, Jack Shainman, Paul Kasmin and Marian Goodman, who basically won Frieze New York 2013 by staging a Tino Sehgal performance piece in her booth. Read More

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Tate Picks Up Works By Sturtevant, James Richards, More at Frieze

Installation view of Sturtevant's 'Trilogy of Transgression' three-channel video. (Courtesy Chelsea Space)

The Frieze Art Fair opened in London today, and Tate curators and other guest selectors were on hand, snapping up work for Tate’s collection by Terry Adkins, Christina Mackie, James Richards and Sturtevant, thanks to the annual Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund. The fund offered up a not-inconsiderable £150,000 ($240,000) in spending money this year.

The committee that selected the work consisted of Tate curators Ann Gallagher, who is head of collections for British Art, Frances Morris, head of collections for international art, Tanya Barson, curator for international Art, and Clarrie Wallis, curator for contemporary British art, along with two guests: Tobias Ostrander, the chief curator of the Miami Art Museum, and Beatrix Ruf, the omnipresent director of the Kunsthalle, Zurich. Read More


Rick Moody on His ‘Undependable Global Positioning System’

Rick Moody. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

During Frieze New York, VIPs given access to the fair’s courtesy BMWs had a chance to hear a sound piece by Rick Moody called The Undependable Global Positioning System inside the fair which is pretty much what its title suggests: a robotic voice—similar to one that would provide directions on a GPS system—reciting the text of Mr. Moody’s story of the same name, which features rather unreliable navigational aids.

The work imagines what would happen if a GPS system had human flaws: the UGPS is not only spatially lost but existentially lost as well. Moreover, Mr. Moody’s humorous work bemoans the condition of our “rushed digital life” in which the experience of being lost is, well, being lost. The project is still in development, but right now it has its own website, which features a preview of an application that might become a more elaborate UGPS. Read More