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Deep Frieze: London’s Premiere Art Fair Arrives In New York

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If you’ve got the resources to buy contemporary art—or the admirable envy suppression to spectate as others do—it’s a good week to be in New York. Sotheby’s and Christie’s contemporary art evening sales commence next week, and beginning tomorrow, London’s Frieze Art Fair arrives for its first-ever New York residency, setting up shop on Randall’s Island, where upwards of 25,000 people are expected to descend. Frieze’s tireless directors, Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp (he, London-based; she, New York), have not only corralled 180 galleries for the event; they’ve also commissioned sculptures for an outdoor sculpture park; audio works for a sound-art program; a speaker series; a slate of on-site performances and projects, including a reconstruction by John Ahearn of his 1979 exhibition South Bronx Hall of Fame; and pop-up restaurants, cafés, and food trucks from art-world hangouts like Sant Ambroeus, the Fat Radish, Roberta’s, and the Standard. On the eve of the fair, Slotover spoke with Style.com about New York versus London, the fair and the gallery, and fashion’s enduring fixation with the world of contemporary art.

Frieze Art Fair runs May 4 through 7, 2012, on Randall’s Island, NYC. For information, tickets, and more details, visit www.friezenewyork.com.

Frieze in London is a huge and well-established event. How is New York going to be similar or different? Are you conceiving of it as quite separate, or will it be modeled on the original?
Well, I mean the great thing about having the Frieze in New York is that there is so much else to offer in the city. You know, there’s museums and galleries, and restaurants and bars and everything. We’re really working with galleries [outside the fair], too. There’s an event Saturday night in Chelsea, there’s something Sunday night on the Lower East Side.

Frieze’s co-director, Amanda Sharp, lives in New York; you live in London. How do you see the art scene differ in New York versus London, in terms of appreciation and in terms of buying?
That’s a really good question. One view of the issue is that in London you’ve got like 500 people in the art world and 500,000 people, the general public, who are interested in art. In New York, you have 5,000 people in the art world…but the general public is not as interested in art. I don’t know if that’s true; I go to museums here and they seem pretty full to me. But I think certainly there’s more galleries, there’s more collectors, there’s more major museums here, but in London we have had this massive general public kind of uptake on contemporary art, which is reflected in the media. There might be a subtle difference in that. [But] essentially, they’re two very important art cities, and those in places we always enjoy doing fairs, because they’re just incredibly cultured cities, with a lot to do. They’re attractive for people to come to, and there’s a great informed public there. They probably have more similarities than differences. Continue Reading “Deep Frieze: London’s Premiere Art Fair Arrives In New York” »

Reindeer Games

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“It’s almost becoming a tradition,” said Pablo Flack, at the opening of his seasonal pop-up restaurant. “Maybe we’re Mr. and Mrs. Christmas. And I’m Mr.” That would mean “Mrs.” is David Waddington, Flack’s business partner in Bistrotheque, the East End eatery that has never lost its heat. Waddington sighed at the thought of an annual obligation to come up with venues as creative as last night’s Patron Silver Reindeer (named for its tequila sponsor). Maybe that’s why this year’s edition is a three-night-only affair. Or maybe it’s just about keeping things as special as possible, in the Bistrotheque (as opposed to Christmas) tradition. The hundred guests dined inside a huge square box, assembled inside a North London studio by set designer Gary Card from giant laser-cut cardboard snowflakes. Need truly mothered invention. “They wanted it Christmas-y with the 27-pence budget they gave me,” joked the baby-faced Card (also 27). Patron’s sponsorship was actually more than enough to allow him to create a special effect that left diners breathless. “Just like being inside a giant Christmas decoration,” Stephen Jones raved. “It’s a wonderful, simple idea—and they’re always the best.” The freely-flowing (and food-infusing) Patron Silver helped fuel those left feeling fragile after the previous evening’s Fashion Award frivolities, among them Richard Mortimer, Henry Holland, James Long, and a still-reeling-from-her-win Katie Hillier. Also sipping were art-world nabobs Matthew Slotover, Maureen Paley, Tim Noble, and Sue Webster and a clutch of It couples: Serena Rees and Paul Simonon, Lulu Kennedy and Marc Hare, and Japanese hip-hop superstar Rebel with the beauteous Yoon.