Monday, May 14, 2012

The Frieze Art Fair, NYC 2012 + Food at Frieze

The Frieze Art Fair pitches collectors some great contemporary art and their new tent in NYC.

A week ago, the Frieze Art Fair ended their first New York Fair in a $1.5 million, 1/2 mile long, white, twisting-snake-like tent on Randall's Island.

Randall's Island, as it turns out, is the most difficult place to get to in all of greater New York City. No subway, confused cab drivers about how to get there or expensive special ferrys which only run during events there. Randall's is an island after all, and at one time it was the home to a psychiatric ward which New Yorkers with a lack of compassion generally referred to as the "idiot asylum". For five days it was again occupied by 1000+ crazy artists shown by 180 very serious art dealers from around the world. The fair was timed to coincide with the top art buyers being in Manhattan for the big auctions, happening in the city at the same time. (Edvard Munch's "The Scream" $119.9 million, Warhol's "Chairman Mao" $17.4 million, Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" $86,882,500 etc.- at Sotheby's and Christie's) There were several satellite fairs, fashion shows, parties and panel discussions organized to take advantage of the long Frieze Art Weekend in New York City. On Sunday the fair had timed tickets and was sold out.

Out of the thousands of artworks shown, here are 50 pieces which were shown at the Frieze Art Fair, 2012. Enjoy.

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

Andrea Zittel "A-Z Aggregated Stacks #7"
Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY

Anish Kapoor, "Untitled" (Fiberglass) Lisson Gallery, London/Milan

Antony Gormley "TENSE"
Sean Kelly Gallery, NY 

(sculpture in plex case) - Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

Olaf Nicolai (opaque black neon)
Galerie Eigen + Art Leipzig, Berlin

Claude Rutault,
"definition/method 523: reduplication 4" (detail)
Glerie Perrotin Paris, Hong Kong

Daniel Ferman, "Lea" sculpture - James Cohan Gallery NY / Shanghai

David Maljkovic, "Untitled" plant / shelf, Metro Pictures, NY

Ivan Morley (sewn thread on canvas)
Kimmerich Gallery, NY

(wall sculpture) Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna

(sculpture) Galerija Gregor Podnar - Berlin Ljubljana

Gedi Sibony "Untitled" cardboard and paint Greene Naftali, NY

IRAN do ESPRIRITO SANTO "Twist 7B" (Pencil on photogram) Sean Kelly Gallery, NY

Jarbas Lopes -(detail) schreaded plastic bags- A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro.

Jaume Plensa "Yorkshire Soul III" Galerie Lelong, Paris/Zurich/NY

Jose Damsceno "Manifold Fountain" Galleria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo

Jose Damsceno "Pipe Rock Circuit" Galleria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo

Josephine Halvorson, "Chalkboard" (oil on canvas painting) Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY

Joshua Callagham "Two Dollar Umbrella" (large)  Steven Turner Contemporary, L.A.

KAWS, "CHUM (KCA3)" James Cohan Gallery NY/Shanghai

Michael Joo, "Farmers & Merchants" (mirrored glass)
Kukje Gallery, Seoul / Tina Kim Gallery NY

Lara Favaretto "361 C" wool chord over a found painting - Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
Lara Favaretto "361 C" (wool chord detail)

LOS CARPINTEROS "Derrame de Pared ORO dos" (gold plated brass) Sean Kelly Galery, NY

LOUISE BOURGEOIS "Untitled" fabric 2005 CHEIM & READ Gallery, NY

ABELOW, "The Artist" (drawing series) James Fuentes, NY 

Massimo Bartolini "Milu's Airplane" wood, 2009, Firth Street Gallery, London

Subodh Gupta "Et tu, Duchamp?" Houser & Wirth Gallery, NY

Louise Bourgeoise "Untitled" 2004 sculptures hanging in trees, Houser & Wirth Gallery, NY 
 Liz Cohen "Trabantimino" (custom beige car) Salon 94, NY

Jorge Mendez Blake "All the Borges' books" (the disappearance of books in libraries will lessen their mirror of societies - all of the books authored by Jorge Luis Borges were checked out of every library in NYC and placed in a crate at Frieze during the duration of the fair.) the "barely-there" drawing represents the loss of books. Meessen De Clercq Contemporary Art - Brussels, Belgium

Paulina Olowaska, "Natascha" neon, Metro Pictures, NY

Ruben Grilo "Laser piece no.1" (detail of projected animated image) - NoguerasBlachard (gallery), Barcelona

Ryan Gander "Asian discount, 1993 by Santo Sterne by Ryan Gander" " (detail) - Annet Gelink (gallery), Amsterdam 

Ryan McLaughlin (BFA-RISD, lives & works in Berlin - painting series) Luttgenmeijer, Berlin.

Rylan Suggett, "TV On/Off" Mixed Media on fabric, Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles

Lorna Simpson (ink and collage) Salon 94, Bowery, NY

Lisa Williamson, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Steven Shearer, "Plaster" (photo-inkjet print) Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

Subodh Gupta "The Family Nest" Hauser & Wirth Gallery, NY

(6 wall sculptures in various colors)  Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

The Breeder gallery, Athens (featured painting) 

Mandla Reuter, "The Gate"  concrete & steel - Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna

Vermelho (gallery) Sao Paulo (graphite drawings)

Vik Muniz "Washington Crossing the Delaware" (detail) - Sikkema Jenkins & Co. NY 

Vik Muniz "Washington Crossing the Delaware" (after Emanuel Leutze, medium: torn pictures from magazines) 60 x 108 inches - Sikkema Jenkins & Co. NY 

Weiwei Ai "Moon Chest" 2008 (Huali wood) Lisson Gallery, London / Milan

Jay DeFoe "Untitled" (summer image) oil and collage on paper
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
Olaf Nicolai "Why women like to buy textiles that feel nice" (detail) Galerie Eigen + Art Leipzig, Berlin
Danny McDonald, "Big Corn" Isabella Bortozzi Gallerie

Amanda Ross-Ho "Time Waits for No One" (large) The Approach, London  

The crowd inside the tent at Frieze Art Fair NY, 2012.


The Frieze Art Fair took some time to think about the food service available at this isolated location. Inside the tent were The Fat Radish (a salad and sandwich option), Sant Amroeus Cafe, Frankies Spuntino Restaurant, Intelligensia Coffee and outside the tent was Roberta's Pizza, The Standard and Biergarten. Plus there were several Food Trucks parked near the North Entrance to the tent.

Until later,


All photos of the Frieze Art Fair are © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson and were taken with permission of the fair administration and the individual galleries. ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees

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