Whether fresh from the Venice Biennale or just up from Chelsea, the art world jet set is once again descending upon Randall’s Island for the fourth annual edition of Frieze New York. With over 190 international exhibitors, including blue-chip names like Gagosian and David Zwirner alongside emerging venues like Paris’ Galerie Sultana, it’s easy to get lost. Taking this literally, consider the two stand-alone mazes built for this year’s fair, including Japanese artist Aki Sasamoto’s labyrinth, in which participants progress through the installation dictated by answers regarding personal preferences (“Coffee or tea?” among them). Additional programming highlights include a panel discussion between the always-incorrigible Paul McCarthy (who last fall erected an inflatable 80-foot butt-plug-like sculpture in front of Paris’ Place Vendôme) and fellow artist, Leigh Ledare. Noted art critic Jerry Saltz, who was excommunicated earlier this year by Facebook for several rather blue-themed posts, will also conduct an open-mic Q&A—no censorship guaranteed.
Should all the eye candy leave visitors feeling hungry, several pop-up dining areas are situated throughout the space, ensuring that bellies stay full while pockets empty. Grab a slice of pizza from the famous Roberta’s, or stop by the impromptu Momofuku Milk Bar for a ridiculously delicious “Crack Pie.” Should you be amongst the lucky few who receive a golden ticket (they’re actually pink or green), Frieze’s VIP lounge, hosted by NeueHouse, includes a full-service restaurant helmed by former Danny Meyer chef, Chris Bradley. And so, without further ado, here are our top 10 picks from this year’s Frieze New York.
- Ask a Sane Person: Jia Tolentino on Practicing the Discipline of Hope
- Phoebe Bridgers and Brandon Flowers on Transformation and Talking Shit
- Talk Hole: The Karen Kolumn
- Donna Missal and Shania Twain on Creative Freedom and Owning Their Sexuality
- Adult Film Star Sean Ford Wants to Make Intimacy Sexy Again