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May 05, 2014

Highlight Reel: Frieze New York 2014

By Sasha Levine | Art

Marie Lorenz
© Marie Lorenz

The massive art fair Frieze New York opens its tent doors on May 9 for its third edition on Randall’s Island in Manhattan (through May 12; 212-463-7488; friezenewyork.com). With 190 galleries participating from 28 countries, there is plenty to see. Here, five new items to add to the top of your list.

  • As part of this year’s Talks program, former Pussy Riot members Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova speak with David Remnick of The New Yorker about their involvement with the infamous feminist art collective and the recently launched Zona Prava, a nongovernmental organization advocating for prison reform. May 9, 4 P.M.; the auditorium.
  • Continuing the fair’s tradition of honoring artist-run spaces of the past, Frieze Projects pays special tribute to Al’s Grand Hotel—conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg’s fully functional seven-room project, first constructed in 1971 in Los Angeles. Reinterpreted in collaboration with Public Fiction (publicfiction.org), the installation original Jesus Room (featuring a giant wooden cross leaning against the bed) and Bridal Suite (decorated with cheap plastic flowers and a wedding cake) have been reconstructed inside the fair. While a lucky few can book reservations to stay overnight (May 8–12; rooms, from $350; 646-578-8471), all attendees are welcome to pay a visit during regular fair hours. P7, between D10 & D11.
  • Like the Armory Show earlier this year, Frieze is seeing an uptick in single-artist presentations. Don’t miss Sam Gilliam, at David Kordansky Gallery (C3); Carroll Dunham, at Gladstone Gallery (B6); and Viviane Sassen, at Stevenson (D24).
  • Since 2005, artist Marie Lorenz has been documenting New York’s waterfronts in her rowboat water taxi called the Tide and Current Taxi. As part of Frieze Projects, the artist invites fair-goers to explore the city’s archipelago in “Randall’s Island Tide Ferry,” both an alternative (and functional) transit service and the fair’s first river-based artwork. In keeping with this year’s theme of participation and social interaction, visitors can even row the artist’s makeshift boat (made of salvaged materials) themselves. P4, along the riverfront.
  • With so much to see and do, refueling is necessary. Along with returning eateries like Roberta’s and Marlow & Sons, the fair features three exciting additions: Danny Bowien’s Mission Cantina, the brand-new Furanku (a 50-seat omakase bar from Frankies Spuntino) and desserts from David Chang’s Milk Bar. Lucky ones can also catch their breath at the Neuehouse VIP Lounge, complete with custom-made cabanas and a private outdoor deck.

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