Frieze hits New York

Frieze hits New York

The UK’s most successful contemporary-art fair will be taking over an island in New York this May.

Frieze New York promises to be every bit as exciting as its UK counterpart. More than 1,000 artists will be represented, their works housed in a vast, snaking structure designed by New York architects SO-IL, in a park on Randall’s Island in the East River. There will also be a Sculpture Park and various presentations throughout the weekend.

Matthew Slotover, a founder of Frieze, said: ‘New York probably has a higher concentration of art collectors than any city in the world. I am particularly excited about the architecture, but also about Randall’s Island, where it is located – it’s a beautiful island only 10 minutes’ drive from the Upper East side, that will be a surprise to many.’

Frieze Art Fair in the UK – which was started nine years ago by the art magazine of the same name – has become a scene for London’s famous and fashionable, as well as some of the biggest collectors in the world. The excitement runs as high as the prices; there is performance art, both planned and impromptu, installations on a massive scale, quirkery such as a flea market of artists selling their old junk and the Chapman brothers doodling on ten-pound-notes.

Frieze New York runs 4-7 May 2012. For tickets or for more information, visit

Meanwhile, other New York islands and boroughs are throwing their own art parties.

Popping up on the other side of Manhattan on Liberty Island, a collaboration called Trust Art is putting together a show, also on 4 May. In support of the city’s lesser-know artists, the show will be on a somewhat smaller scale, held in a 40-foot geodesic dome; and features dance, musical and avant-garde performances and an art auction, and it ends with a party.

Until 2004, Governors Island was closed to the public. Now it opens up every weekend of the summer (this year 26 May-30 September; free ferries depart from Manhattan), and stages concerts and art exhibitions. This summer, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is putting on ‘Graphic Design – Now in Production’ (26 May-3 September in Building 110), which will showcase some of the most exciting graphic design of this millennium.

And in the Bronx, non-profit-making art group No Longer Empty have taken over an old mansion house (the Andrew Freedman Home), turned it into a pop-up gallery and filled it with art, in a show called ‘This Side of Paradise’, on until 6 May 2012.

Pictured: ‘Utopia or Oblivion’ by Liz Glynn, one of the represented artists at Frieze New York, in Times Square. Courtesy of Elizabeth Proitsis and Performa

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