The 5th edition of the Frieze New York Art Fair went on seamlessly regardless of the unsettled weather were experiencing last week. The last time I was in Randall’s Island with similar weather patterns, the island was evacuated due to flooding. This statement along, made Frieze New York 2016 a success. Over 200 galleries from across 31 countries played their part, and competed to capture the visitors’ attention with aspiring museum level presentations under the coveted white tent. I made my way to the fair via ferry during a gloomy early Friday afternoon. This was a nice alternative to finish the work week, with a soothing and quiet ride on the East River. The brightly lit tent filled with colorful art works and fashionable outfits alike made me forget about the grey skies looming over the New York City skylight as soon as I enter the fair.
2016’s Frieze New York brought an exuberant collection of solo shows, Frieze Projects, artist talks and fair goers. Stroll along while I take you on a cyber tour of the most talked about and obviously instagrammed works from the fair. Because let’s face it, it didn’t happen, unless you Instagrammed about it 😋
CANADA was one of the most fun and comfiest booths at the fair. Yes, you read right, comfiest. The booth was carpeted with an assortment of plush colorful rugs that made you feel as if you were walking on fluffy clouds and a little self-conscious about stepping on something so beautiful. CANADA curated their booth with the help New York-based artist Katherine Bernhardt. A group of equally talented and playful artists joined Bernhardt for one of the coolest, homiest booths at the fair.
The Marian Goodman Gallery provided a sophisticated and romantic aspect to the art fair with black and white sketch works and sculptures by William Kentridge.
Color, color and more color! White Cube gallery assembled a fun multi-faceted presentation where bright colors reigned supreme. A multi-colored site specific painting by artist Sarah Morris was the leader of their pack.
Another favorite of mine for it’s aesthetically pleasing use of space, materials and color was the Rachel Uffner’s booth. Leonhard Hurzlmeier’s cubist inspired color-block portraits worked harmoniously with the clean lines and color story of Pam Lins’ ceramic sculptures.
The 70s earthy color trend was also seemed across the fair. One big advocate was the Brazilian gallery Fortes Vilaça who brought a show stopping and fluid presentation of works by Cuban artist duo Los Carpinteros and Adriana Varejão.
Supportico Lopez’s booth presented a solo show by Athena Papadopoulos, a newbie to the gallery who obviously has proven her worth. This was an autobiographical show filled with personal details reminiscent of Louise Bourgeois’ aesthetic.
Anthea Halmiton, one of the artists part of the Frieze Projects paid homage to Italian architect Mario Bellini with a replica of the designer’s innovative Kar-a-sutra, a MOBILE HUMAN SPACE to stretch out, sleep, smile, chat face-to-face, stand up, enjoy the sun, take photos, play cards, eat and drink, make love, buy a horse and a piano along the way….
Frieze New York will be back next year and undoubtedly bigger and better. Are you ready?
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Photos By: Me! Priscilla Torres
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