Frieze Art Fair 2014
May 9th- 12th, 2014
Randall’s Island Park, NYC

Frieze New York, located in the unique setting of Randall’s Island Park in New York City, have just announced the Frieze Projects program of specially commissioned artworks to be released this year. The program is curated by Cecilia Alemani and includes seven newly commissioned projects.

Notable projects as followed:

  • Darren Bader will use Randall’s Island as an imaginary playground to stage a series of absurdist interventions. Bader, in collaboration with other artists, will compile a list of proposals for impossible artworks around the fairgrounds.
  • Eduardo Basualdo will present a large-scale sculptural installation that engages with the island as a sports destination: two soccer goals will be erected in the Randall’s Island park to mimic a real soccer field, albeit impossible to use, as the goals will be blocked with glass.
  • Eva Kotátková will create an outdoor installation resembling a children’s playground, where each structure will serve to fit people inside it, with viewers becoming an integral part of the sculpture.
  • New York-based artist Marie Lorenz will extend her Tide and Current Taxi project by providing an alternative ferry service around Randall’s Island.
  • Koki Tanaka will insert a series of incongruous presences, inviting representatives from the ‘invisible communities’ that inhabit Randall’s Island to spend the day at the fair, carrying out activities that are not usually performed at Frieze.
  • Naama Tsabar has conceived a mini music festival which will take place outside the fair in the bucolic landscape of Randall’s Island, referring to its history of important musical events such as the legendary 1970 Jimi Hendrix concert.

For the 2014 edition of the fair, Frieze Projects will celebrate Al’s Grand Hotel, a legendary project realized by Allen Ruppersberg in 1971 in Los Angeles, and restaged for 2014 by Ruppersberg in collaboration with Public Fiction. Frieze New York will take place beginning May 9th until May 12, 2014 and will present over 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries.

It was announced this week that clothing retailer Gap will be collaborating with the Frieze Art Fair. “Gap White Space” will be a pop-up shop situated on Randall’s Island Park. The space will feature a lounge and café alongside selections of merchandise.  Among the wares hanging on the racks, there will be 11 limited-edition T-shirts, a result of a long-standing collab with Visionaire, that feature UV-sensitive fabric. T-shirts were designed by artists Yoko Ono, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Phillips, and Alex Katz.

“I’m excited for Gap to be partnering with Frieze, to bring the Gap White Space experience to one of the most renowned and respected contemporary art fairs in the world,” said Rebekka Bay, Gap’s creative director and EVP of global design. “With this being the first time Frieze has partnered with a fashion brand to create an experience, Gap is moving collaborations forward and allowing people to access contemporary art in a different way.”

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