Frieze New York 2014

The third edition of Frieze New York has come to its end last evening. One of the most important appointments in the art calendar, Spring Art Week in New York,  has brought together important art events during in the past week in New York. Several art fairs together with Frieze, have also been taking place in the city such as Nada, Pulse, Cutlog or Downtown fair. At the same time, the Spring auction sales for Modern and Contemporary art have also taken place during these days at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Therefore all these outstanding art events brought together the most relevant galleries, artists and collectors in the international market.

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Paul McCarthy Balloon Dog (2013) Hauser & Wirth – Frieze New York 2013 Sculpture Park. Source: Fashion Installation

After launching in London 2003 its first fair in the market, and in 2012 the one in New York, Frieze today has become an important brand for contemporary art that stands for cutting edge galleries and artists. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, on this edition Frieze has hosted over 190 of the leading international galleries in the market at Randall’s Island. Moreover, the fair has also presented Frieze Projects, a programme for commissioned works created for and during the fair and which have been curated by  Cecilia Alemani. The selected artists participating this year were the American artist Darren Bader, the Argentinian artist Eduardo Basualdo, Eva Kotátková from Czech Republic, Marie Lorenz from the U. S. , the Japanese artist Koki Tanaka and Naama Tsabar from Israel.

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Frieze New York 2014. Source: Art Net

Moreover, since the start of the fair in 2012, Frieze Projects has ran tribute to artists who have transformed the cultural scene of a city through their work. For the 2014 edition, Frieze Projects has celebrated Al’s Grand Hotel, a legendary project developed by Allen Ruppersberg in 1971 in Los Angeles, located on this occasion inside the fair’s venue. The hotel has been open for six weeks and visitors have been able to become guests of such installation and book its rooms for gatherings, parties, performances, or to spend the night.

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Al’s Grand Hotel by Allen Ruppersberg. Source: Frieze Projects New York

In terms of sales, the fair has achieved astonishing numbers. Some remarkable examples were Gagosian Gallery that sold out its entire booth with sixteen works by Ed Ruscha priced at $175,000 each, the Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin sold for $600,000 at David Zwiner Gallery, or the steel sculpture by Saint Clair Cemin sold for $175,000 at Paul Kasmin Gallery.

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Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin at Frieze New York 2014. Source: Business Week

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Rollercoaster by Saint Clair Cemin at Paul Kasmin gallery in Frieze New York 2014. Source: Paul Kasmin Gallery

Have a nice week!