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1/10 — Dana Lixenberg Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), 1998 at GRIMM Gallery

Art

5.7.2018

Experience The Best of Frieze Art Fair

There are three things that stand out for art connoisseurs attending Frieze New York: eye-catching large-scale installations, new works by artists breaking into the art world, and, of course, fresh off the runway looks worn by attendees and exhibitors alike. While we browsed 190 galleries that featured artists’ latest contemporary pieces, the appealing style at Randall’s Island did not disappoint, as looks varied from New York’s quintessential all black uniform, to quirky oversized hats, brightly colored funky shaped eyeglasses, and one woman who stole the show near Keith Haring’s “Untitled” wearing a pink feather-like dress paired with Balenciaga dad sneakers. 

The artwork this year was next level; we saw aforementioned paintings by the famous Keith Haring at New York’s Acquavella Galleries booth, not far from Sikkema Jenkins & Co showcasing Kara Walker’s Rift of the Medusa (2017)—a take on Théodore Géricault’s 18th century famed Raft of the Medusa. Guests were touched by the confessional Tracey Emin’s I Never Asked to Fall In Love—You made me Feel like This (2018) who produces an array of media from painting and drawing to photography, video, and sculpture. This year, New York’s  GRIMM Gallery and Salon 94 exhibited pioneering photographers: Lixenberg—who captured a rare image of Jay-Z yawning, and Lorna Simpson’s five group of polaroids titled Kid Glove (1989). Sculptures are an expected Instagram favorite as crowds flocked to Robert Therrien’s larger than life green chairs and table along with the popular neon-colored light show installation by Pierre Huyghe at the Marian Goodman booth. Both Millennial pink and 90s TV show Sailor Moon made its way to Frieze by way of artist Takashi Murakami, and in addition to sizable sculptures Lee Kun-Young also created a striped tree trunk sprouting from a shaded cube.

Frieze New York is an opportunity to experience hundreds of galleries in a weekend, learn about art, and talk with your favorite artists. Next year, come through and join as as we applaud artwork and outfits. Until then, check the photos above to see a highlight reel of you missed.

Images courtesy of Maximilíano Durón, Mark Blower, and Katherine McMahon

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