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Frieze New York #2: Spending the Night at the Fair, Interview with Helen Toomer
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Al's Grand Hotel and Public Fiction Bring LA Hospitality to Randall's Island

Who wants to spend the night in an art fair? By Allison Kuo

A lucky few attendees of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair will be spending the night on Randall’s Island as a part of Frieze Projects’ re-staging of Al’s Grand Hotel, a work from 1971 in which the LA artist Allen Ruppersberg ran a fully functioning hotel out of a converted home on the Sunset Strip. This is the first, and maybe only time for the art fair to keep overnight guests, and in order to do so they have arranged for a dedicated bathroom and shower, extra security, and an ambulance on standby. Guests will be given a dinner box and a bottle of wine, and politely disallowed from leaving the confines of the hotel’s three-booth footprint after the fair closes. For entertainment, a curated program of old Hollywood films and art videos that have a relationship to hotels will play on televisions in the rooms.

Reservations were fully booked long ago at $350 a piece, and all told between eight and sixteen people will be guests of the hotel. While most of us will be left to wonder what it might be like to be locked, Old Boy style, in a staged room inside a 250,000 square foot tent full of high-ticket contemporary art on a island populated by two psychiatric institutions and a homeless shelter, we won’t be missing out on the true substance of the piece. It’s all about the things that happen before the guests tuck in for the night... 

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PULSE Gets Some New Blood: ArtSlant Speaks With Fair Director Helen Toomer

PULSE is getting a makeover this year as it welcomes contemporary art market vet Helen Toomer. Toomer is known for her former Lower East Side gallery Toomer Labdza, her role at the helm of the Collective Design Fair, and her development of international lifestyle blog Artlog. The newly appointed Director will be shaking things up as PULSE enters its 10th year on the scene. Allyson Parker spoke with Toomer to get the inside scoop on what’s on the docket this year for PULSE NYC.

Allyson Parker: As a gallerist, what attracted you to this position?

Helen Toomer: I actually worked for PULSE back in 2007 - 2009, as the Communications Manager and it was the reason I moved to New York from London. So I’m pleased to have come back full circle.

AP: What kinds of new things we can expect from PULSE under your directorship?

HT: We'll be making noticeable changes to the look, feel, and energy of the fair so that visitors and exhibitors are really encouraged to engage and not be overwhelmed by what is presented in front of them...  

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Daniel Gordon, Ratatouille and Smoke Bush, 2014, Chromogenic print, 60 x 70 inches, Edition of 3 + 1AP; Courtesy of the artist and Wallspace, New York. At Frieze New York.

Francisco da Silva, Untitled, Gouache on paper, 58 x 80 cm; Courtesy of Galeria Estação, São Paulo. At Outsider Art Fair 

Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Pulling Donkey, 2014, Lithography and electro-etching, 19 3/10 × 8 7/10 inches; Courtesy of TURF, New York | London. At cutlog New York. 

Saira McLaren, Ellen's Arrangement, 2014, Dye and acrylic pigment on raw canvas, 48 x 48 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Sargent's Daughters, New York. At NADA.

 

Meschac Gaba, Hawk (Série Perruques voiture), 2008, Braided artificial hair, metal, and mannequin bust, 21 7/10 × 24 × 8 3/10 inches; Courtesy of the artist and In Situ - Fabienne Leclerc, Paris. At Frieze New York. 

 

 

                

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