This post is about an excursion to the FRIEZE Art Fair on Randalls Island, on Friday, May 6th to arrive at 11am when the Fair opens. Members should purchase their own tickets ($45) directly from the FRIEZE website and we will coordinate with the group based on RSVP’s/ ticket purchases. There will be a direct link to the FRIEZE ticket page on the Reservations/ Payment page accessed via the “Sign-Up” tab on the Members’ site menu ribbon or via the Members Info menu.
Spring is ART SEASON in New York. There are many showings, activities and goings-on, perhaps topped by the big, well-publicized evening sales of NY’s big three auction houses. These are the art auctions which set records and which you read about in the NYTimes the next day. They are chock-a-block on top of each other, are confusingly and similarly named and competitive – Phillips’ “20th Century and Contemporary Art” is on May 8th, Sotheby’s “Impressionist and Modern Art” sale is on May 9th and Christie’s “Post-War and Contemporary Art” sale is on May 10th.
But what about for the rest of us who may not be plundering our bank accounts this Spring but still want to be part of the scene? For us, there’s FRIEZE-NY, organized by Frieze Magazine. FRIEZE-NY which was started in 2012, is the Spring, fraternal, twin to the Frieze Art Fair in London which takes place every Fall. This is a truly international show of contemporary art representing artists from all over the world. It is a selling show – yes, you can buy what you see. The Frieze sets up on Randall’s Island (reachable by ferry from East 90th Street) and creates a unique and huge open-air setting in which to experience the Fair. It is estimated that attendance at FRIEZE-NY will be around 80,000; most of whom will be visitors – or spectators.
There are approximately 200 galleries at FRIEZE. Some are representing well-established artists but there’s also a section called FRAME for artists who have been exhibiting for fewer than eight years. As befits the setting, the FRIEZE truly is a fair – there is lawn to spread out on, new this year is the “Reading Room” – a Frieze bookstore dedicated to art publications, and some really great New York restaurants are on hand (Roberta’s, Saint Ambroeus, Marlow & Sons, Frankie’s Spuntino ….etc) to feed the visitors. Throw in lectures and panel discussions and workshops and tours and site-specific art installations and you have the makings of a festival.
Throw in some gorgeous May weather (fingers crossed) and you have yourself a bona fide New York art experience – tailored for us and our fair City.