Frieze Fair

Fred and I went to the Freize Fair that was just held in NYC.  One of the things I really liked about this fair is the venue and of course the shoe tree that sits outside.  It took place on Randalls Island under a huge white tent.  There was room to walk and it didn't have that stuffy claustrophic feeling of the piers.  They also did a great job with bringing some of the newest restaurants out there to serve food.  The list included Frankies, Robertas, Fat Radish, Intelligentsia Coffee and Sant Ambreous. 

We liked a lot of things but many of them had already been sold.  Her were our highlights.  MORE by Doug Aitken at 303 Gallery.

Work by Darren Almond at White Cube.  I would have hung these in my office.

To big to fail
New work from Barbara Kruger, Too Big to Fail at Spruth Magers Berlin and London.

Young Man by Hannah van Bart at Marianne Boesky.  We loved this piece.  I am actually going to get over to the gallery to take a look at what else is available.

Ideale Rose from KP Brehmer who recently had a show at the Tate in London. 

I liked both these pieces of work from the Los Angeles gallery Regen Projects.  Walead Beshty.

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Gillian Wearing. Even if I had to have either of these pieces I would not have bought them.  The people here were so utterly obnoxious quoting prices in euros and pounds.  Aren't we in NYC and isn't your gallery from Los Angeles?  Snotty.

We LOVED this piece from Armin Boehm at Harris Lieberman.  The reason we were so thrilled to love this artist is two fold.  We have been friends with the owners of this gallery for years and have never found something there that we had to have but have so wanted to. 

We ended up going directly over to the gallery after the show to buy another piece by this artist that we were shown at the fair.  This is it.

It's going very well
This piece is absolutely hilarious and we would have picked it up in a flash but someone beat us to it.  Here is one side.

It's going very badly
Here is the other.  David Shrigley, Anton Kern Gallery.

We had a great time.  Bumped into a few people we knew.  Art fairs are always social and fun.  My guess is the fair was a huge success and we will see it return to NYC next year. 


Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Is there a calendar of art fairs and event you monitor.Love these posts but they almost always happen after the event is over.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Good question. You can follow the local magazines

      1. awaldstein

        Oy!I want a feed.Fairly simple context to isolate. Someone out there should be able to connect these for me.

        1. Gotham Gal

          They should

      2. William Mougayar

        Is there something like for Art? NY Eater doesn’t seem to leave a stone unturned re: openings/closings etc.

        1. Gotham Gal

          They should do it on Racked

  2. William Mougayar

    So that’s where Fred took that shot on his Tumblr last week 🙂 

  3. ellen

    Heard the dealer fee was upwards of $65,000 for a space. I wonder if that is really true?

    1. Gotham Gal

      not true. they start around $30K and scale upward based on size, gallery and location.