Frieze New York 2013 │ What’s New the Second Time Around

1st May 2013
Robert Westacott
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Frieze New York is an acclaimed contemporary art fair, now in its second year, which will take place in Randall’s Island Park from Friday 10th – Monday 13th of May. The international event will consist of over 180 leading galleries from 32 countries (including 54 galleries from New York), with over 1,000 artists being represented in total.

Despite being a new comer in the New York art scene, Frieze has taken momentum from its established London-based counterpart, and used it to generate significant interest among important figures within the industry. As a result, the inaugural event last year turned out to be the largest in Frieze’s history, with even greater heights set to be reached this year.

Cecilia Alemani, an independent curator who is an extremely influential member of the New York art scene, will be curating the event this year as she did last year.

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Phyllida Barlow, Untitled: upturnedhouse (2012) Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

Notable London galleries which will be represented at the fair in 2013 include: The Approach, Carl Freedman Gallery, Frith Street Gallery, Herald St, MOT Intl, White Cube, Ibid, and Ancient & Modern.

The venue will be a bespoke temporary structure, suffused with natural light, with a view of New York’s East River. The structure has been designed by local architects, Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu, and will be easily accessible throughout the duration of the fair.

The Sculpture Park is an additional setting located adjacent to the main structure of the exhibition, which will host both emerging and established artists, displaying fascinating public-scale sculptures. Pae White, of greengrassi gallery, London will be presenting a brand new piece made specifically for Frieze 2013 here.

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Apostolos Georgiou, Untitled (2012) Photograph by Boris Kirpotin. Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, Istanbul

New York gallery David Zwirner, which branched out to London’s Mayfair area in 2012, will have a prominent presence at Frieze New York this year. David Zwirner will give a solo presentation of works by German photographer Thomas Ruff (Ex Bernd and Hilla Becher). Ruff is renowned for using technology to push the boundaries of photography.

David Zwirner will also participate in Frieze Projects with a special tribute to FOOD, the legendary SoHo restaurant opened in 1971 by Gordon Matta-Clark (also formerly of David Zwirner) and Carol Gooden, in collaboration with other artists.

The inclusion of FOOD 1971/2013 draws on the restaurant being categorised with historical artist-run spaces and initiatives that have defined and transformed the cultural and artistic life of New York City. This will merge cuisine with contemporary art in the form of an interactive experience, where artists will be invited to cook and guests will get a taste of a vibrant venue.