Gavin Brown and Mark Ruffalo cooking sausages. All photographs by Aubrey Roemer for Art Observed.
The always fresh but now venerable Frieze Art Fair of Regent’s Park, London, has successfully completed its maiden voyage to this side of the Atlantic. The pavilion, designed by Brooklyn-based SO-IL Architects, places Frieze New York on Randall’s Island Park from May 4-7, 2012. The fair is being held in a distinctly snakelike structure that houses 180 leading contemporary galleries presenting works by more than 1,000 artists. There are a number of culinary options as well: Roberta’s, The Fat Radish Café, Frankie’s Spuntino Restaurant, Sant Abroeus Café and the Standard Biergarten.
Simon De Pury and family.
Fresh off the heels of the Armory Show and Sotheby’s spring auction, the New York art cognoscenti will largely determine whether this inaugural show will be the dawn of record-setting sales or the buzz-building tour de force that is Art Basel Miami Beach with its equal parts art and party recipe. The mood of the crowd is doubtlessly framed by Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ selling for a record $120m the night before the opening.
Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery.
Early attendees included Cecilia Dean of Visionaire Magazine who visited Doug Aitken’s More at 303 Gallery, Simon De Pury of Philips de Pury, Bill Powers of Half Gallery, Klaus Biesenbach of MoMa PS1, and Knight Landesman of ArtForum in his trademark red suit. Larry Gagosian’s conspicuous absence apparently did not deter the brisk sellout of six Rudolf Stingel screen paintings, which sold within the first hour of the fair’s opening for an average of $450,000 each. Other notable sales included Antony Gormley’s Tense, 2011 at Sean Kelly Gallery, which sold for £250,000 and Build IV, 2010, which sold for £300,000 at White Cube Gallery. Damien Hirst’s I Want You Too 1993 was reportedly under contract as of late Thursday evening. Mayor Bloomberg arrived with his security detail and spent some time at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. discussing Washington Crossing the Delaware, after Emanuel Leutze (Pictures of Magazines 2), 2012 by Vik Muniz, a Brazilian born NYC-based artist. The work reimagines the 1851 oil painting permanently housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and investigates ideas of history, time and appropriation.
Doug Aitken, More, at 303 Gallery
The effervescence surrounding Mark Ruffalo’s performance art piece at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise was palpable. In conjunction with artist Rirkrit Tiravanija’s installation designed to raise awareness on the dangers of hydraulic fracking for natural gas, Ruffalo served pork sausages wrapped in copies of Dick Cheney’s contentious fracking bill to spectators. When a woman explained to him that her house in Pennsylvania had been destroyed by fracking, Ruffalo put his arm around her and roared, “This is the face of hydro-fracking! She doesn’t look like a farmer. She looks just like you!” Another interactive spectacle was Jennifer Rubell’s “Lea I” (2012) at the Breeder Gallery, which features a Barbie-like mannequin that functions as a nutcracker and comes complete with a chest of walnuts for curious onlookers.
Jennifer Rubell, Lia I, at the Breeder Gallery booth of Athens
The fair is open to the public Friday and Saturday from noon to 7 PM and Sunday and Monday from noon to 6 PM. Tickets to Frieze New York are available online and at the fair entrance; One day (12pm Entry): $40; Reduced One Day (1pm Entry) available for Senior Citizens (62 or over) and Students with ID card: $25. All tickets include return Frieze ferry and bus services from 35th Street on the East River.
Installation of David Zwirner Booth
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #422, at Sprüth Magers
Installation View of Sprüth Magers Booth
Installation View with Jerry Saltz at Salon 94
Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2012 (Kramer and Newman make sausage), at Gavin Brown Enterprise
Tatiane Trove Installation at Galerié Perrotin
Wolfgang Laib at Sean Kelly Gallery
Tracy Emin at White Cube Gallery
John Ahearn at Frieze Projects
Detail of Ai Weiwei’s Moonchest at Lisson Gallery
Daniel Firman, Lea, at Galerié Perrotin
Paul McCarthy at Hauser & Wirth
Huda Lufti at The Third Line Gallery
Andrea Zittel at Andrea Rosen Gallery
Rudolph Stingel at Gagosian Gallery
Jim Lambie, Vortex Series, at Anton Kern Gallery
Installation Shot of Wilkinson Gallery’s Booth
Installation View of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.’s Booth
Installation View at Anton Kern Booth
Installtion View at Stuart Shave / Modern Art Booth
Installation View of Cheim & Read’s Booth
Another Installation View of Cheim & Read’s Booth
Anselm Reyle at Contemporary Fine Arts
Installation View of Tina Kim Gallery’s Booth
Cecilia Dean and Friend
Detail of artwork at Foksal Gallery
Installation View of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery’s Booth
Justin Matherly’s Piece at Bureau’s Booth
Another Installation View at Tina Kim Gallery’s Booth
Allen Ruppersberg’s Piece at Greene Naftali
Gelitin’s Installation at Greene Naftali
Installation View at Stevenson Gallery
Installation View at Maccarone Gallery
Installation View at The Modern Institute
Installation Shot at 303 Gallery
Installation View at Massimo Minini
The Frieze sign
Exhibition Site [Frieze New York]
Where ‘Just Looking’ is Just Fine [New York Times]
Scoping Art at a Four-Day Island Getaway [Wall Street Journal]
Ruffalo Fries Sausage, Mack, Marron Try N.Y. Frieze Fair [Bloomberg]
New York’s billion-dollar art week [The Art Newspaper]
Frieze New York review: more glitz, less grit, as art fair moves stateside [Guardian]
The fair phenomenon [Financial Times]