This week , New York promised to be one of the most exciting weeks in the art world calendar. The strength and depth o the art events throughout the city, demonstrates the importance of New York as an art center.’
Today it was the last day of Frieze Art Exhibition at Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. Following the success of the inaugural edition of the fair, Frieze New York presented a careful selection of over 180 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, making the 2013 fair the largest event hosted by Frieze to date. For the second year Frieze New York is sponsored by Deutsche Bank. The bank has been the main sponsor of Frieze London since 2004 and in 2013 the two companies enter the tenth year of their partnership.
A strong American and European contingent of galleries is joined by those from the rest of the world, with 32 countries represented in total: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA. Galleries from the fair’s host city number 55.
Participating galleries new to the main section of the fair include: Marian Goodman Gallery (New York); Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg); L&M Arts (Los Angeles); Luhring Augustine (New York); galerie kamel mennour (Paris); Project 88 (Mumbai); and Jack Shainman Gallery (New York). The following artists will be shown as solo presentations: Alexandre Da Cunha (CRG gallery, New York); Zander Blom (Stevenson, Cape Town); Carlos Bunga (Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid); Jack Early (McCaffrey Fine Art, New York); Tino Seghal (Marian Goodman Gallery, New York); and Dianna Molzan (Overduin & Kite, Los Angeles). Two artist stands will include: John Wesley and Mary Reid Kelley (Fredericks & Freiser, New York); Pae White and Roe Ethridge (Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, and greengrassi, London); and Teresita Fernández and Do Ho Suh (Lehmann Maupin, New York).
Opened in or after 2002, Focus galleries debut works not previously seen within an art fair context. Integrated in zones around the fair, Focus galleries show both curated projects and solo stands, specifically conceived for Frieze New York. Ranging from Sara VanDerBeek at Altman Siegel (San Francisco) to Joan Semmel at Alexander Gray Associates (New York), more presentations of note include Ivan Gallery’s (Bucharest) show of Geta Br?tescu, Horia Bernea and Paul Neagu; Galerie Mezzanin’s (Vienna) presentation of Thomas Bayrle and Gerald Domenig; and Untitled’s (New York) solo project by Henry Taylor.
Frame is a section dedicated to galleries established less than six years ago and, this year, is supported by Joe Fresh. The Frame galleries selection is made on the basis of a proposed solo presentation and has been advised by curators Rodrigo Moura and Tim Saltarelli. Frame offers visitors and collectors the opportunity to make discoveries and see work by artists who may not previously have benefitted from an international platform to show their work. Frame demonstrates a wide geography with exciting new art from all over the globe: Fiona Connor (Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland); Liu Chuang (Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai); Sophie Bueno-Boutellier (Circus, Berlin); Steve Bishop (Carlos/Ishikawa, London); Patricia Leite (Mendes Wood, São Paulo); and Antek Walczak (Real Fine Arts, New York).
Frieze New York also benefits from a curatorial program, Frieze Projects is curated by Cecilia Alemani. Frieze Talks is programmed by the editors of friezeand will explore the most pertinent issues in cultural criticism today.
Frieze New York takes a similar approach to the London fair, which brings an international focus to London every year. Designed by New York-based SO – IL Architects, Frieze New York is housed in a bespoke structure and located in a unique setting overlooking the East River.
Not only the art work has been extraordinary, but the crowd as well. Both attracted my attention and with my camera I was constantly divided between the walls and the people's style I have gathered a selection of 40 images out of 250 in my camera roll along the joellestagram gallery with more specific captions. I hope they will give you a sense of what went on these days. Enjoy!