Frieze Art Fair: 7 Things Not to Be Missed
It would be impossible to miss the 1,500 foot long tent that houses the fair, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a moment to appreciate it as a piece of art itself. Back for a second year, the prefab modular 250,000 square-foot tent structure was designed by art world darlings SO-IL (in addition to Frieze, they’ve worked with the Whitney, MoMA PS1, and the Guggenheim) to retain the scenic views offered by its location. In addition to bringing the tent its curves, pie-shaped insertions break up the monotony of the structure and create areas of diversion. The north and south entrances were ornamented with strips of the roof fabric, whetting visitors’ appetites for the art held within. Photograph by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of Iwan Baan/ Frieze.
Liz Glynn’s Speakeasy
Gaining access to Liz Glynn’s hidden speakeasy installation might require persistence, but it will pay off. Frieze reps will be handing out keys at random to fair-goers, granting them access to a space constructed by the artist to resemble a 1920s prohibition-era speakeasy. Bartenders will serve bespoke cocktails to those lucky enough to find themselves behind an old bank vault entryway.
Food, Food and more Food
With so much art to see, you’ll need fortification. Frieze went above and beyond in their culinary efforts, enlisting a roster of restaurants that will make it hard to decide what’s for lunch: Court Street Grocers, Frankies Spuntino, Prime Meats, Marlow & Sons (in the VIP room!), Mission Chinese Food, Roberta’s, Sant Ambroeus and The Fat Radish will all have outposts on the grounds. And when the inevitable food coma sets in, Blue Bottle Coffee will be at the ready with a caffeinated pick-me-up.
And for good measure, more Food 1971/2013
As part of Frieze Projects, Food, the renowned restaurant by Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden, will be recreated in collaboration with a rotating cast of artists (including some of the artists who partnered with the 1971 original). The menu and artist-cum-chef will change daily while the temporary restaurant serves as a space to cook and discuss art. Artists on deck to participate include: Matthew Day Jackson, Carol Goodden, Tina Girouard, and Jonathan Horowitz.
Maria Loboda’s Topiaries
Another participant in the Frieze Projects program is artist Maria Loboda. Working with topiary, Loboda will create a color-coded garden in the park replicating an illustration of a 19th century European interior design motif. The 2-D image will be interpreted via a landscape of plants, flowers, and shrubs inspired by the plant wildlife found on Randall’s Island.
Marianne Vitale’s Weathervanes
From a 19th century interior recreated through topiary to a study of 19th century weathervanes by Marianne Vitale. Known for her large-scale sculptures of burnt wooden bridges and outhouses, Vitale’s work for Frieze will manipulate the folk objects and use them to toy with the fair’s environment.
The Sculpture Park
Featuring works from an international group, the Sculpture Park will include new pieces by Paul McCarthy (an 80-foot high inflatable dog!), Fiona Connor, Saint Clair Cemin, Martha Friedman, and Nick Van Woert. Located along the waterfront, you can walk amongs the large-scale works curated by Tom Eccles while enjoying a view of the East River.