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May 02, 2012

Frieze Art Fair Comes to New York

By Jamie Wiebe | Art

Frieze Art Fair Comes to New York
Peter Liversdge, WILL HISTORY BE KIND, 2011 / Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York

Frieze Art Fair, which has called London’s Regent’s Park home for the past eight years, will host its first U.S. installment this weekend on Randall’s Island in New York. To house the exhibitions, Brooklyn-based architects Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) designed a tented, snake-like structure—a signature of the past London fairs—that overlooks the East River. Inside, art from New York’s top contemporary galleries will be on display, including offerings from the Marianne Boesky Gallery, David Zwirner, Gagosian Gallery and Lehmann-Maupin.

The festivities spread to Manhattan on May 5 with Chelsea Night (6 P.M. to 8 P.M.), cosponsored by Frieze and Net-A-Porter. Chelsea galleries featured at Frieze New York will throw open their doors for a block party, transforming West 26th Street into a pedestrian plaza complete with food trucks, live music from Brooklyn electro-pop outfit Dreamshow and exclusive looks at more than 35 galleries. At Sean Kelly Gallery (528 W. 29th St.; skny.com), visitors can attend the opening reception for painter Kehinde Wiley’s “An Economy of Grace” exhibition, and both Chelsea locations of Gagosian Gallery (gagosian.com) are participating, offering works by Lucio Fontana (555 W. 24th St.) and Richard Avedon (522 W. 21st St.). May 4–7; friezenewyork.com.