Surveying Frieze New York

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May 12, 2012

Fact #1: New Yorkers are more allergic to bridges and tunnels than plants and trees. Fact #2: Manhattanites generally enjoy exploring other boroughs as much as they like the Times Square subway platform in the stew of summer. Therefore, when Frieze Art Fair–which has thrived in London’s Regent Park for a decade–chose to debut its American counterpart May 4th through 7th on Randall’s Island, a geographical curse seemed in the cards. (“Who is this Randall and how do you get to his island?,” and so on.) Luckily, the one thing Manhattanites enjoy more than schadenfruede is a pleasant cultural surprise. 

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  Frieze from afar as the ferry approaches Randall's Island, which is roughly parallel to 125th Street in Manhattan.  Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young
    Frieze from afar as the ferry approaches Randall's Island, which is roughly parallel to 125th Street in Manhattan.

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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  The temporary tents were designed by New York firm SO-IL to break up the typical long, boring structure into a series of segments that snake around the grounds; or, what the New York Times calls the "architectural equivalent of a white stretch limo."  Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young
    The temporary tents were designed by New York firm SO-IL to break up the typical long, boring structure into a series of segments that snake around the grounds; or, what the New York Times calls the "architectural equivalent of a white stretch limo."

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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  Entering Frieze Art Fair on May 4, 2012.  Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young
    Entering Frieze Art Fair on May 4, 2012.

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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  Inside the madness at Frieze Art Fair. See here for a list of exhibitors.  Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young
    Inside the madness at Frieze Art Fair. See here for a list of exhibitors.

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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  Liz Cohen's "Trabantimino" at Salon 94's Frieze booth.  Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young
    Liz Cohen's "Trabantimino" at Salon 94's Frieze booth.

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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  The best thing about art fairs? Art books.  Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young
    The best thing about art fairs? Art books.

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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  Fun for even the shortest art collector! Frieze New York also collaborated with 826NYC (the branch of San Francisco's own 826 Valencia) on a guide for young people.  Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young
    Fun for even the shortest art collector! Frieze New York also collaborated with 826NYC (the branch of San Francisco's own 826 Valencia) on a guide for young people.

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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  Frieze sculpture garden featuring (L-R) Pollux by Tomas Saraceno, figurative sculpture by Jaume Plensa, and Jeppe Hein’s “Geometric Mirror I.”
    Frieze sculpture garden featuring (L-R) Pollux by Tomas Saraceno, figurative sculpture by Jaume Plensa, and Jeppe Hein’s “Geometric Mirror I.”
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  The Standard hotel brought a biergarten to Frieze.  Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young
    The Standard hotel brought a biergarten to Frieze.

    Courtesy of: 2012 © Faith-Ann Young

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