• Frieze New York 2013.
  • Frieze New York 2013, artist Li Chuang and his project Leo Xu Projects.
  • Frieze New York 2013. Thomas Ruff presented by David Zwirner at Frieze New York.
  • Frieze New York 2013. Artist Andra Ursuta presents, Would it were closing time and All Well and Paul McCarthy displays Balloon Dog(2013) Hauser and Wirth.
Frieze New York 2013. Image courtesy John Berens/Frieze.
Frieze New York 2013. Artist Liu Chuang presents Leo Xu Projects. Image courtesy John Berens/Frieze
Thomas Ruff presented by David Zwirner. image courtesy John Berens/Frieze.
The sculpture park at Frieze New York. Art work by Andra Ursuta Would It Were Closing Time, And All Well (2013). Artist Paul McCarthy presented Balloon Dog (2013) Hauser and Wirth. Images courtesy John Berens/Frieze

    Frieze NEW YORK 2013 - The hoopla at Randall´s Island

    16 May 2013

    By Hillary Sproul

    With Frieze New York going on this past weekend, most of the city has made their way to Randall's Island. Over 180 galleries take part in this four-day affair lasting from May 10- 13. Originally London's own pride and joy, the New York version of the Frieze Art Fair launched in 2012.

    Frieze itself is a contemporary magazine dealing in the arts and culture. The fair was a natural extension of the work and exhibits already happening within the company and has since been a huge success. Its curation has exhibited some of the most exciting names in contemporary art. The setting on US soil is particularly unique. Housed in a temporary bespoke structure and overlooking the East River, the tent alone offers quite an impressive sight from above,

    Frieze has a number of adjacent departments. Frieze Talks offers debates and discussions between some of the leading personalities and critics within the art world at large. This program is also featured on the Frieze website alongside Frieze Sounds, a series of audio commissions.  Frame is a portion of the fair that focuses solely on fledgling galleries established less than six years ago.

    While the fair itself is difficult to get to (East River ferry ride, $42 ticket, potential distraction by the almost-legendary size of the snack station), there are many artists who are already commanding attention in particular due to Frieze’s commitment to exposing and introducing the world to otherwise largely unknown artists.

    Liu Chuang, a young Chinese artist, displays- among other carefully selected pieces- “Love Stories”, a collection of novels ( mostly romance or kung fu) worn by wear and annotated by their readers, expressing the solitary reaction to the reading of a book.

    Bjarne Melgaard, whose pieces almost always display a certain playfulness and atmospheric inhabitation of the room, overtook his space by painting the walls a bright lavender replete with exciting blankets and cozy cushioning. Writing covers everything and is accompanied by dreamy paintings. In reading the writings adorning every spot he can find, you realize the subject of this piece is the artist Theresa Duncan, who committed suicide in 2007.

    Between the already regarded avant garde artists like Melgaard and the up and coming works by talents like Chuang, the offerings at Frieze New York ran the gamut with a high level of functioning. The curation is, without question, something to be seen and an understandable reason for the so-called “hoopla” at Randall’s Island .

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