Frieze New York Announces Projects for 2013 Fair, Including a Speakeasy and a Cemetery

For its sophomore outing, Frieze New York has commissioned seven projects that will unfold both within its giant tent and beyond, around Randall’s Island. The artists — Liz Glynn, Maria Loboda, Mateo Tannatt, Andra Ursuta, Marianne Vitale, along with a new text by author Ben Marcus — have devised projects that either respond to the experience of the fair itself, its setting, or both.

The Frieze Projects program, which is curated by High Line curator Cecilia Alemani, will also include an homage to Gordon Matta-Clark‘s restaurant Food. Glynn’s project will provide a  nice counterpoint, concealing a speakeasy bar behind a secret door somewhere inside the fair. Once inside, patrons will be served by mixologist-magicians who perform tricks while preparing drinks.

Ursuta, meanwhile, will highlight the temporary, pop-up village quality of the fair by creating another staple of village life, a cemetery “where art goes to die,” as a press release puts it. Loboda’s intervention into Randall’s Island Park will be brighter, turning part of it into a color-coded garden after a 19th-century European motif.

Vitale and Tannatt will created sculptural installations inside the fair. Vitale’s weathervanes, stripped of any functional purpose, will punctuate the enormous indoor space, while Tannatt’s sculptures will serve as venues for scripted performances throughout the fair.

Meanwhile “Food 1971/2013,” a follow-up to last year’s John Ahearn performance-studio project, will be located outside the fair’s main tent, and be both an exhibition about the original Food and a functioning restaurant where a different artist will cook each day.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo by the author.)