Now in its third edition, Frieze New York (Frieze London's American cousin) has become a highly anticipated annual art event, drawing an international crowd of art-world players to the East River's unassuming Randall's Island from May 9–12. Between the 190-plus of the world's top galleries, the seven dynamic site-specific artist projects, an esteemed lineup of speakers, and sustenance from New York's most sought-after restaurateurs, it's easy to understand why.
Here to help us tackle one of the city's biggest and most exciting art events of the year, our expert friends at Artsy give us the lowdown on how to make the most of our time at the sprawling fairgrounds.
How is it organized?
While the fair is limited to contemporary art, it's split further into three sections: a main section with traditional gallery booths and two additional sections that are more limited in scope. Focus includes galleries that have opened in or after 2003 and have proposed a project specifically for this year's fair. Frame includes galleries that have been open for less than eight years, who will dedicate their booths to solo-artist presentations.
What's the difference between the fair and the Frieze Projects?
Seven Frieze Projects, specially commissioned works to be included in the fair, have been assigned to seven artists and will be presented together within Frieze New York. The projects are curated by Cecilia Alemani, curator and director of High Line Art. Artists creating projects for the fair are: Darren Bader, Eduardo Basualdo, Eva Kotátková, Marie Lorenz, Koki Tanaka, and Naama Tsabar.
Can we stay at Al's Grand Hotel?
An additional Frieze Project, which is sure to be a highlight at the fair, is Al's Grand Hotel, a special tribute to Allen Ruppersberg and his landmark 1971 project in Los Angeles at Public Fiction. The fully operational hotel will be restaged on the fair site, with two rooms and a lobby, and select fairgoers will have the opportunity to stay the night; Al's is now open for bookings.
Which Frieze Talks should we pencil in to our schedule?
A daily schedule of lectures, panels, and discussions are presented, covering a variety of relevant issues.
Okwui Enwezor in conversation with Jason Moran: Friday, May 9, noon
Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina in conversation with David Remnick: Friday, May 9, 4 P.M.
What are our food options when the Roberta's pizza line loops around the tent?
Frieze has become renowned for a variety of fine- and informal-dining options at the fair site. Frankies Spuntino will offer a full-service restaurant in addition to an outdoor beer garden and grill, and a new brand, Furanku, will offer a sushi, saki, and juice bar. Additionally,Marlow & Sons will host the VIP Room Restaurant and Café; Mission Cantina will be serving up burritos and chicken wings; Momofuku Milk Bar will offer dessert options; Roberta's returns with its classic pizza and a bar; fresh coffee and food options will be available from Blue Bottle Coffee,Court Street Grocers, andThe Fat Radish; and food trucks fromCoolhaus and Red Hook Lobster Pound will also be on site.
What should we see?
Start walking and stop when you're tired. Then have a snack and walk some more. In the meantime, David Benjamin Sherry's "Over the Nights and Through the Fires, We Went Surging Down the Wires," 2014 (see it at Salon 94, booth C42), pictured above, is a good start, as well as:
Ed Ruscha, "Woo, Woo," 2013. See it at Gagosian Gallery, booth B57.
Geoffrey Farmer, "Decalcomania Drop-Leafed With Deckle-Edged Dentils," 2013. See it at Casey Kaplan, booth A8.
Jenny Holzer, "Top Secret 27," 2014. See it at Cheim & Reid, booth C39.
George Condo, "Tan Orgy Composition," 2005. See it at Xavier Hufkens, booth B43.
Adel Abdessemed, "The Traveling Players," 2013. See it at Dvir Galery, booth D16.
Chung Chang-Sup, "Return one 78B," 1978. See it at Kukje Galley/Tina Kim Gallery, booth C47.
Ann Veronica Janssens, "Candy Sculpture 403-200-600," 2013. See it at Alfonso Artiaco, booth B41.
—Details senior online editor Perrin Drumm
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