Tumbleweeds in Manhattan
The art projects at the first Frieze New York
||"Building a community is like being a choir director-you have to organize people, they don't just sing," Tim Rollins once said in an interview with ArtMag. Now, the artist is initiating one of his collaborative projects for the premiere of Frieze New York. As always, he's working together with K.O.S.-Kids Of Survival, who for almost thirty years have been offering young people an alternative to drugs and criminality. For their Frieze Project, Tim Rollins + K.O.S. are organizing a workshop in which a group of kids creates a huge picture inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Like the London Frieze Art Fair, the new Frieze New York will also be supported by Deutsche Bank as main sponsor. The expansion of the partnership continues the bank's global commitment to art; as the main sponsor of Art Hong Kong in Asia, Deutsche Bank now cooperates with one of the most promising young art fairs on the American continent. In its lounge, Deutsche Bank will present works from the corporate collection. The focus here is on artists who have explored the theme of music-such as Hanne Darboven, John Cage, and Jennie C. Jones, whose drawings have the elegant casualness of bebop and cool jazz.
Frieze New York takes place on Randall's Island, an island off the coast of Manhattan in the East River. Over 170 important international galleries will be present at the premiere, including not only heavyweights like Gagosian or Hauser & Wirth, but also some interesting newcomers: the Focus section is reserved exclusively for galleries that were founded after 2000. Frieze New York also presents an ambitious supporting program: along with talks with important figures on the art scene, it's especially the Frieze Projects that hones the fair's profile.
Eight participants were invited to respond to the park landscape on Randall's Island. Most of the commissioned works are shown outdoors. Latifa Echakhch will arrange hundreds of tumbleweeds of the kind we know so well from classical westerns into a three-dimensional still life, while Virginia Overton will attach pliable mirrors between the park benches. Ulla von Brandenburg invites visitors into a striped tent where a shadow play is underway that takes the Commedia dell'arte as its point of departure. Joe Kyack has designed a mobile home whose form is reminiscent of a gigantic human body; the vehicle is a mobile sculpture and performance space in one, where visitors can take part in a game and win original works of art.
Like Tim Rollins + K.O.S., John Ahearn also counts among the pioneers of an alternative art scene in the Bronx. Ahearn will reconstruct his legendary South Bronx Hall of Fame (1979) exhibition that featured portrait sculptures of the people who lived in the area. Ahearn will create new plaster cast portraits in a booth at Frieze New York. The program was put together by Cecilia Alemani; the young curator is also the director of the High Line Art Program, where she's ensured that the landscaped former elevated rail line on the west side of Manhattan has not only become an incredibly beautiful park, but also, thanks to its numerous commissioned works, one of the city's new cultural highlights. And Alemani also has big plans for Randall's Island: "this year's Frieze Projects," the curator promises, "will transform Randall's Island into a fantasy world."
FRIEZE NEW YORK
May 4–7, 2012