Monday, May 13, 2013

Frieze Fair New York

Paul McCarthy's Balloon Dog (2013).
Frieze Fair New York Makes the City an Art Destination Supremo
By Brook S. Mason, photographs by Rena Silverman

Art world insiders have long said the city hardly needed yet another fair.

Well, the second edition of Frieze New York, which ends today (May 13) disputes that notion hands down. Located in a purpose-built tent perched on Randall's Island in the middle of the East River, the fair boasts close to 200 international contemporary art galleries. Deutsche Bank is the main sponsor.

New York Social Diary took an excursion to Frieze just a ferryboat away though buses depart from the Guggenheim Museum regularly. On view is artwork by a stunning 1,000-plus artists. And the tent alone is worth a visit. The New York firm SO - IL architects designed the cavernous 250,000-square-foot light-filled tent.
Gallerists and guests at Frieze.
Frieze is divided into three distinct sections. The biggest portion features 139 dealer stands while Focus showcases 30 special art projects designed specifically for the fair and then Frame boasts solo presentations by 24 emerging galleries.

Frieze programming makes for total immersion in the art world with a sound art installation, a waterfront sculpture garden and enough panel discussions, artist conversations and lectures to nurture an entire generation of art enthusiasts.
Stewart Uoo at 47 Canal.
A guest looks at Finale, 2013 by Valeska Soares. Shown by Galeria Fortes Vilaça.
Detail, Finale, 2013.
Do not cross the red line, 2012, by Kris Martin. Shown by Sies + Höke.
Daniel Firman's moody Linda, 2013 (Perrotin Gallery Paris).
Loris Cecchini's Sinapsis paradigms and Micrologies, 2012 at Galleria Continua.
Act of Despair by Folkert de Jong at James Cohen Gallery.
Andrew Bowers at Susanne Vielmetter.
Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna.
Gavin Brown.
Johann König (Berlin), Greene Naftali (New York).
Standard (Oslo) booth.
Hanging at Frieze.
Adjacent to the sprawling tent is Paul McCarthy's 2013 Balloon Dog, a red canine creature standing 80 feet high to greet visitors. That sculpture is just one indication of the new taste for mega-sized art. Other super sized works can be found inside the tent.

Take in the Chelsea CRG Gallery where Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha's 2013 Mix (Americana), a cement mixer outfitted with the artist's own installation inside can be found. It's tagged at $225,000 and could just be destined for a collector's garden. "As an artist, Alexandre refines found objects," explains Glenn McMillan, CRG director. McMillan told us a key index of the artist's prowess is that the Tate Modern owns one of his works.

Gallery 303 is touting a 1984 Doug Aitken sculpture which spells ART in a reflective material. It costs $225,000.
A cement mixer by Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha was shown at the booth of New York's CRG Gallery.
Carla Chammas, founder of CRG Gallery, talks to a client in French.
Doug Aitken's wall-mounted sculpture with the words "ART" written in cracked mirror at the 303 gallery, $225,000.
There were many mirrors at this year's Frieze.
Mirror mirror on the wall ...
Walking through mirrors.
More mirrors.
Even more.
Cristian Alexa, Director of 303 Gallery.
Untitled, Saadane Afif, 2009. Shown by Mehdi Chouakri.
Zeno X Gallery.
Play, by MadeIn Company. Shown by Long March Space.
From a Tokyo gallery.
Sitting down to rest. This year's Frieze contained 250,000 square feet of artwork.
On view at Luhring Augustine are Tom Friedman's Styrofoam sculptures of well, a pizza pie and a slice of bread, to name but two. Priced from $35,000-$225,000, they've all been snapped up. The gallery director told us clients span the globe.

The London White Cube gallery is sporting Josiah McEleny's 2008 Frozen Structure of chrome along with hand blown and molded glass. It's a bit intergalactic.

Front and center at Gagosian who now has 13 galleries is Dan Colen's 2013 Untitled, a massive metal and glass cylinder which a collector had snapped up. A Robert Rauschenberg 1988 painting Miami Glyph costs $850,000.
Untitled (Pizza), 2013 by Tom Friedman. Shown by Luhring Augustine.
Untitled (Hostess Treats), 2013 by Tom Friedman. Shown by Luhring Augustine.
Untitled (sun), 2012 by Tom Friedman. Shown by Luhring Augustine.
Dan Colen, To Be Titled, 2013, Gagosian Gallery.
More reflecting objects, this one at the White Cube booth.
Speaking of the creative, on view at the Lehman Maupin Gallery is Do Ho Suh's Wielander, a three-dimensional polyester fabric structure for the mid six figures. The gallery's Jennifer Joy told us, "A number of museums have expressed interest."

Already sold on their stand are Teresita Fernández's gold chrome with India ink panels for $200,000-$300,000. "We've seen clients from Brazil, throughout the US, Australia, Switzerland and England," says Joy. On hand with Cheim & Read is Jenny Holzer's Heap, an installation of streaming LED lights.
Wielandstr. 18, 12159. Berlin, 2011. By Do Ho Suh.
Walking through Wielandstr. 18, 12159.
HEAP, 2012, by Jenny Holzer. Shown by Cheim & Read.
Hauser & Wirth showed an inside version of Paul McCarthy's Balloon Dog.
Interspersed among the galleries is an array of restaurants from Sant Ambreous and the Fat Radish. There's a recreation of the seventies Soho eatery FOOD, jumpstarted by the cutting edge artists of their day artists Gordon Matta-Clark, Tina Girouard and Carol Gooden.

Lastly, if you desire a smaller version of Paul McCarthy's Balloon Dog, one's on offer at Hauser & Wirth. With the DOW topping 15,000, there were a number of art deals clinched throughout the weekend.
Guests enjoying the light outside Frieze.
The tent at sunset. The New York firm SO - IL architects designed the cavernous 250,000 square foot tent.
Circle Dance by Tom Friedman, 2010. Shown by Stephen Friedman Gallery.
The sun begins to set over this year's Frieze.
The sun setting on the sculpture garden ...
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