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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