Art on Ice

The Frieze party scene heats up


Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh   
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Burberry, Independent Curators International, and W magazine kicked off Frieze New York last night with a dinner at the Park Avenue Armory in honor of Hans Ulrich Obrist. The curator's new book Do It: The Compendium is the latest iteration of a twenty-year project that asks artists to explain, on one page, how to approach art. For a fair that's beginning to rival Miami Basel in terms of exhibits, parties, and goings-on, it was nice to find yourself in possession of an instruction manual.

Yoko Ono's Wish Tree was one of the first contributions to the Do It project, and one was installed in the center of the Armory. Hanging his own personal wish on the tree, Pharrell Williams told he planned to "get lucky" on Randall's Island this weekend: "Tonight's all about anticipation, in an honest way. Because you've got to be honest with art or it becomes something else."

Farther uptown, at the Convent of the Sacred Heart—who knew Lady Gaga's alma mater doubles as a lavish event space?—Artspace's Strategic Director Maria Baibakova hosted a party to celebrate its two-year anniversary, and the cool $8 million in capital raised for the art e-commerce site. Art's place in the digital world was on Todd Eberle's mind. The photographer said that every picture he's ever taken now resides on his iPhone. Flipping through a few, he said: "Here's one of me in a Stephen Sprouse jacket at the 1988 Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective at the Whitney. Here's Rob. Here's Leigh Bowery…everything from my hard drive, right here!"

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