Now in its third year, the annual Frieze New York art fair has once again descended upon Randall’s Island for what one unnamed high-profile dealer referred to as the “Comic-Con of contemporary art.” And while you’re more likely to spot Larry Gagosian or Marc Jacobs than Chris Evans, the fair’s roster of over 190 exhibiting galleries, artists talks, and pop-up vendors will no doubt leave you feeling awestruck nonetheless. Programming highlights for the fair include a panel discussion with Pussy Riot band members, moderated by New Yorker editor David Remnick. Should the topic of Russian exile prove too light, there will be a special screening of Joshua Oppenheimer’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Act of Killing, which garnered critical attention with its eyewitness reenactments of torture at the hands of Sumatran death squads.
If all this contemplation should leave you feeling hungry, a number of notable restaurateurs have returned to fuel the fires of the art-world jet set. While Brooklyn-based Marlow and Sons hold court in the VIP lounge, pop-ups of Frankies Spuntino, Momofuku Milk Bar, and San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee will ensure the plebs don’t go hungry. Whether you want to be in the know before you arrive, or at least sound like you are amongst friends, here are Interview‘s can’t-miss picks from this year’s fair. —Joseph Akel