Frieze New York 2012

Frieze New York 2012

An Art Fair Virgin Visits Frieze

(Courtesy Linda Nylind/ Frieze)

The yellow school bus zoomed up and over the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, through a ragged row of tired factories and lonely playing fields and past an eerily well-kept mini golf course before coming to a halt a stone’s throw from a massive white tent. There, I wavered under the damp East River breeze, anchored a few hundred yards off of Manhattan on Randall’s Island, for Frieze. The cultural Babylon seemed to be erected as a newfound art Mecca, one that the bespectacled Austrian across the aisle from me would now count among his yearly pilgrimages. The behemoth beckoned and we came. Read More

Frieze New York 2012

For Frieze, Gavin Brown Hosts Three-Person Show in His Harlem Townhouse

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As Frieze New York opened its doors on Thursday morning on Randall’s Island, West Village dealer Gavin Brown was busy selling art and preparing to cook sausages with Mark Ruffalo. But about a mile away, at his Harlem home, an exhibition was also quietly getting underway.

Through Monday, May 7, Mr. Brown is using much the ground floor of his townhouse, at 229 Lenox Avenue, between West 121st and 122nd Street, as a gallery, hosting a three-person show with Joe Bradley, Hans Josephsohn and Wilchar. Read More

Frieze New York 2012

John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres Cast Portraits at Frieze

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“We’ve been running around like cats and dogs,” the sculptor Rigoberto Torres said on Thursday afternoon at Frieze New York, standing outside the booth he shares at the fair with his artistic partner John Ahearn. He sounded thrilled.

Inside, sculptures from the pair’s “South Bronx Hall of Fame” show lined the walls. They’re hand-painted casts of people’s heads that they made while working back in 1979 at the alternative space Fashion Moda, which was located in the South Bronx, a few minutes’ drive from the fair, on Randall’s Island. Read More

Frieze New York 2012

Pulse, a Frieze Week Convert, Opens in Chelsea With High Hopes

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Greg Miller, Garden Of Eden, 2012

Though most of New York’s satellite art fairs remain tied to the March dates of the Armory Show, Pulse organizers took a gamble and moved their show to May to coincide with the newly launched Frieze New York. A healthy 58 galleries took the plunge along with them—45 galleries in the main section and 13 as part of Impulse, a section for emerging galleries, which is devoted to one-person shows. Read More

Frieze New York 2012

Homeless People’s Belongings as Sculpture at Frieze, Courtesy Christoph Büchel

1% (Jacob) (Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth)

Yesterday, in the Frieze New York sculpture garden, a shopping cart was parked behind a giant statue of a mustachioed Mona Lisa by Sudobh Gupta. The cart looked a little out of place in the well manicured landscape, especially because  it was filled with plastic and paper bags, some filled with blankets. There was a broom handle and an umbrella in there too, and a plastic bottle of grape juice sat on Mr. Gupta’s pedestal.

The rumor going around the fair was that the cart was placed there by the Swiss artist Christoph Büchel, who was announced as a participant in the sculpture garden by its curator, Tom Eccles, but whose name was conspicuously absent from the map of the place. The story went that Mr. Büchel had purchased a number of shopping carts from homeless people in New York City and installed them on the sculpture grounds. Read More

Frieze New York 2012

‘Things Have Changed a Little': NADA Makes Its New York Debut

Work by David Adamo at Untitled/Ibid. Projects. (Courtesy Magnus Edensvard).

The New Art Dealers Alliance opened its first ever fair in New York City on Friday in the old Dia building in Chelsea, the nonprofit’s fourth event since June of last year. In less than 12 months, it has held fairs in Hudson, N.Y., Miami Beach during Art Basel, and, at the end of April, was a part of Art Cologne as well. This is all the more impressive because NADA’s founder and director, Heather Hubbs, just had a baby about three weeks ago; instead of racing around the building screaming into a walkie-talkie, the typical fair director pose, she was maintaining order while simultaneously making sure her new child didn’t have a meltdown in front of the 60 or so exhibitors. Read More

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Sean White, Rachel Weisz Spotted at Frieze


You know who’s at Frieze right now, besides everyone? B-list celebrities, that’s who!

Our top secret source at Frieze New York says that snowboarder Sean White was making the rounds at the fair. Meanwhile, actress Rachel Weisz, star of the not-really-that-popular Mummy movies, was spotted on line at Fat Radish. Her husband, James Bond, was not in attendance. Read More