ARTSLANT'S SPECIAL EDITION
FRIEZE NEW YORK #1
Djordje Ozbolt, Sufi's Dilemma, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 173.5 x 184.3 cm / 68 1/4 x 72 1/2 in; Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, Frieze B6.
FRIEZE: The Enchanted Isle of Art?
by Lori Zimmer
Frieze is entering their first foray into the world of the New York art fair with a splash…a splash that lasts about 20 minutes and comes in the form of their very own fair ferry. Bucking the trend of setting up shop at an armory or around the piers along the perimeter of Manhattan, Frieze New York will be its own destination, creating an immersive experience on Randall’s Island. Drawing collectors to the windy waterfront of the West Side Highway is a feat in the chilly month of March, but does Frieze have what it takes to lure art goers out of their comfort zone, and to another island, near the Bronx no less?
If the droves of people at No Longer Empty’s opening of “This Side of Paradise” at the Bronx’s Andrew Freedman home was any indication, New Yorkers are ready to experience art outside of their normal haunts.
Greg Parma Smith, Ultimate Color Pencil Techniques 1, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 46 x 32 in. Courtesy of Balice Hertling, Paris. At Frieze Frame R12.
And an experience is what Frieze is crafting for their Stateside debut. Most of us have probably not even visited the historic Randall’s Island, although it is a literal park wonderland with five miles of waterfront pathways, sports fields, tennis courts and a state-of-the-art golf center. Like Governor’s Island, it is also an urban escape for secluded picnicking or relaxing under the shade of the many trees, with an idyllic view of the Manhattan skyline.
Rather than constructing another big tent on a highway, this art fair will feel like an art adventure. The fair will be accessible by subway and bus, but the best (and most escapist) way to get there will be on the free Frieze-sanctioned ferry, which will depart every 15 minutes from 35th Street on the East River and navigate its way north, offering both locals and visitors magical views of the city that can really only be experienced from the water.
Alec Soth, Charles Lindbergh's Boyhood Bed, Little Falls, Minnesota, 1999, framed digital chromogenic print mounted to Dibond, 32 x 40 in., courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery. Frieze B25.
Frieze’s attention to the journey continues with a curated sound program that will be played in the BMW VIP shuttle services. Frieze has commissioned audio works by Martin Creed, Rick Moody and Frances Stark, who were chosen by curator Cecilia Alemani. Songs, short stories and lullabies will be the backdrop as visitors are shuttled around the island, with Manhattan in the background and the snaking Frieze pavilion in the distance.
This attention to detail and emphasis on not just the 180 galleries exhibiting but the overall experience of the fair has the potential to make Frieze the art fair of the future...
See you in New York!
–the ArtSlant Team
FROM THE ARCHIVE - Matthew Day Jackson, Marc Ganzglass
Marc Ganzglass, Wheel, 2011, galvanized steel, 53.3 x 53.3 cm / 21 x 21 in; Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
Science on the back end, an exhibition curated, or rather selected, by artist Matthew Day Jackson, is now on view at Hauser & Wirth, featuring Larry Bamburg, Rosy Keyser, Erin Shirreff, Nick van Woert, and Marc Ganzglass. Jackson writes, "During a conversation at his studio, Marc Ganzglass described an object he created to closely resemble a wheel. He said ‘It’s kinda like science on the back end.’ He was being funny but there is always a quiet insightfulness in Marc’s humor."
For more on Matthew Day Jackson and Marc Ganzglass, read Andrea Alessi's 2011 interview with Jackson, and Trong Gia Nguyen's 2008 interview with Ganzglass:
TGN: ...Is part of your work about romanticizing science?
MG: Science as a pursuit is definitely romantic, in a way that’s what allows it to be picked up and used as an analogue in art. They share the same impulses...
FAIR WATCH - Samara Golden
Samara Golden, Bad Brains, 2012, Frieze Frame New York. Courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery.
Columbia University graduate and Los Angeles-based artist Samara Golden will be exhibiting at Frieze Frame with a solo show presented by Night Gallery. Her work incorporates video, photographs, sculptural elements, and everyday objects into self-reflexive, dramatic, and complex installations. To learn more about Golden's work, read Kate Wolf's review of her latest solo exhibition at Night Gallery in Los Angeles.
TALK OF THE TOWN - Under the Tent, Behind the Scenes
with Gabriella Picone
Frieze New York, tent interior, April 19, 2012. Photo by Gabriella Picone.
Working to prepare for the first New York Frieze Art Fair has been a blend of anticipation and curiosity. To be honest I’ve never been to a Frieze Art Fair in London and to be even more honest I’m not a huge art fair advocate, but working for Frieze has provided me with an admiration for the collective effort needed to create a large-scale event. My art fair role, which has shifted from the art-admiring spectator/critical journalist to a true team player, has still left me with an impartial understanding.
Don’t get me wrong, I am eager and passionate about this fair. How could I not be after devoting five months of my time for an outcome that last for only five days? Anyone involved in this caliber of event planning needs that type of devotion, although it’s nearly impossible to visualize the product. My contribution is only a small portion in comparison to all of the logistical planning that transpires in Frieze’s main office in London. Ironically, working from New York in this new space with a smaller group has in many ways created distance, even if we are geographically closer to the main event.
Frieze New York, exterior, April 19, 2012. Photo by Gabriella Picone.
It was really only until after my visit to Randall’s Island, where the fair is taking place in a snake-shaped tent designed by New York-based SO – IL Architects, that I was actually able to appreciate those five months of planning. Even though I previewed the structure when it was only three-quarters finished, physically existing in this location rather than virtually staring at the architectural renderings on a computer screen, does create a difference.
To most New York-centric locals, Randall’s Island might as well be upstate. Luckily for me though, an avid soccer player from age 5-13, this island was part of my childhood. In fact, the drive up to the site brought back dreaded memories of car tantrums when my parents would force me in to a Sunday game. Fortunately upon pulling up to the structure, which is notably the largest tent ever built in history, this childhood sentiment quickly faded...
Read more of Gabriella's experiences setting up Frieze New York in this week's GEOslant blog...
Thank you to Frieze and all of the galleries, organizations, institutions, curators and artists who bring us this New York extravaganza.
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