In its third New York appearance, London’s Frieze art fair returned this May to Randall’s Island Park, where an enormous white tent held the displays of close to 200 galleries. Not the most inspiring fair we’ve seen this year, but still…We found ourselves seriously interested in the extra curricular activities, and in particular, two dynamic Frieze Projects, Frieze Sounds and Al’s Grand Hotel curated by Cecilia Alemani. We’re happy to note that Frieze Talks included previously featured guests on Fresh Art International: Jazz improvisationist Jason Moran and recently freed members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot.
Stay tuned for a pair of related Fresh Talk episodes: Japanese artist Koki Tanaka introduces the invisible communities of Randall’s Island, and Israeli artist Naama Tsabar shares the mic with Tom Tom magazine’s Mindy Abovitz as they talk about the first music festival ever presented at the fair.
Unless you were riding in a VIP car or made your way to the listening station at the South end of the tent, you probably didn’t experience the Frieze Sounds we’ve embedded here.
Hannah Weinberger: The rhythm of Hey lies in the heartbeat of the artist’s yet to be born child.
Keren Cytter: Constant State of Grace is meant to take listeners to a state of near-hypnosis.
Photos by Amy Sherald, FAI