Frieze becomes a real New Yorker in its third year – bold, confident and stuffed with high-end stoner food. You can even stay the night in a fully functioning art hotel (meals included)
Mobiles made from golden Coca-Cola signs, mirrors with eyes, and Al’s Grand Hotel … bold installations by international artists are creating a buzz at Frieze New York on Randall’s Island. Here’s what to expect:
Marian Goodman, the doyenne of New York art dealers, has done away with her booth entirely: her wall-free space features a single, fantastic work by the Berlin-based Vietnamese artist Danho Vo, suspended from the ceiling. Vo’s mobile, called Massive Black Hole in the Dark Heart of Our Milky Way, consists of two dozen pieces of cardboard decorated with gold-leaf American flags, Coca-Cola logos and passages from Cinderella in heavy German script. From a distance it seems confident and celebratory. Up close, those American flags are nearing collapse.
Hans-Peter Feldmann’s “Golden Shoes”
There’s also a good showing from Brazil, the flavour of the month in New York thanks to the forthcoming World Cup and MoMA’s massive Lygia Clark retrospective. The gallery A Gentil Carioca has come from Rio with seductive, labour-intensive sculptures by Maria Nepomuceno that feature thousands of coloured beads, while the young São Paulo space Galeria Jaqueline Martins is showing historical photos from Regina Vater, a pioneer of Brazilian art far too little known outside Latin America. One series of self-portraits, in which Vater dresses up as various female archetypes, dates from 1975 – years before Cindy Sherman did the same.
A visitor views an art installation at the Esther Schipper gallery stand.
Hurry up… today is the last day
Monday, May 12 – 11am–6pm
Last entry one hour before closing. Timed entry for groups.