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Frieze Art Fair takes over New York

Frieze New York, an offshoot of the famed London fair, took over from May 9 to 12, 2014, Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, with great success. The fair brought together 192 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries from 28 countries and gathered under its temporary white tent overlooking the East River a diverse art crowd that had the chance to enjoy an amazing showcase of what’s happening in the art world today. With a consistent number of local galleries returning and new countries like Mexico joining the fair, as well as with this year’s introduction of a limited number of subsidized tickets for art students, Frieze New York looked more vivacious than ever. Frieze founders Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp commented on the fair’s third edition: “We want the fair to make a positive contribution to New York and the response from New York galleries this year, from the smallest to the most established, has been better than ever. Frieze New York brings together the most energetic galleries working today, both local and international, and by introducing a limited number of subsidized tickets for students we wanted to make that energy accessible to all.”

The fair combined successfully some of the best- known international galleries with emerging young spaces, with the latter taking part in the Focus and Frame sections. Focus was dedicated to galleries founded in or after 2003 and featured curated projects and solo stands specially conceived for Frieze New York. Frame, the section of the fair dedicated to solo presentations of work by galleries under eight years old, offered to the public the chance to discover many young artists and spaces with ambitious fresh programs. This year Raphael Gygax, curator at Migros Museum, Zurich, joined New York-based curator Tim Saltarelli on the Frame gallery selection. One of the highlights of the fair was without doubt the Frieze Projects section, which was curated by Cecilia Alemani and included seven newly commissioned site-specific projects. The program also featured a special tribute to Allen Ruppersberg’s Al’s Grand Hotel, originally realized in 1971 at 7175 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. The hotel was restaged inside Frieze New York, featuring a chic lobby with a bar and welcome desk, and offered visitors the chance to reserve a room for the night, priced at $350.

Frieze Sounds, on the other hand, featured three commissioned audio works by artists Keren Cytter, Cally Spooner and Hannah Weinberger. The works were accessible via a listening station inside the fair and streamed online at friezenewyork.com. Last, but not least, Frieze Talks, a daily program of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions programmed by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York) and Christy Lange (Associate Editor, Frieze), brought together leading artists, writers and cultural commentators from all over the world. This year’s participants included Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot / Zona Prava) and Adam Szymczyk (Artistic Director, Documenta 14).