Frieze Projects New York 2016

Frieze Projects New York 2016


Anthea Hamilton, AQUARIUS, 2012. Digital banner with support, 750 x 750 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Joseph Balfour.
January 22, 2016

May 5–8, 2016

Frieze New York
Randall’s Island Park
Manhattan, NY
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The Frieze Projects program at Frieze New York 2016 will feature six new artworks, both inside the fair and around Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. Curated by Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York), Frieze Projects is the celebrated non-profit program of artist commissions realized annually at Frieze New York. Taking place from May 5 to 8, Frieze New York is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the fifth consecutive year.

The artists participating in Frieze Projects at Frieze New York 2016 are: Alex Da Corte, Anthea Hamilton, David Horvitz, Eduardo Navarro, Heather Phillipson, and a tribute to the Daniel Newburg Gallery with a special project by Maurizio Cattelan.

This year’s program explores the magical possibilities of artistic intervention, with performances, sculptures and clandestine actions, which subvert the fair environment in unexpected and often humorous ways.

Outside the North Entrance, Alex Da Corte will interrupt the flat landscape of the Randall’s Island Park with a giant inflatable balloon-work floating above Frieze New York. Also outside, Eduardo Navarro’s “clouds followers”—a group of performers wearing circular mirror disks that reflect the sky—will animate the park in new ways, by capturing the unpredictable passing of clouds above Randall’s Island.

Inside the fair, British artist Anthea Hamilton reinterprets an iconic project by Italian architect Mario Bellini by paying tribute to his Kar-A-Sutra, a futuristic inhabitable car conceived in 1972; London-based artist Heather Phillipson’s multi-sensory objects, which punctuate the fair, will reimagine the sinuous, serpentine shape of the fair structure as a giant spinal chord; and David Horvitz will hire a professional pickpocket, who will secretly drop miniature sculptures into visitors’ pockets and bags.

Each year, Frieze Projects at Frieze New York features a creative tribute to an artist-run project or a gallery that has radically transformed the way we experience contemporary art. Following homages to Fashion Moda (2012), FOOD (2013), the Al’s Grand Hotel (2014), and the Flux-Labyrinth (2015), this year’s program will celebrate the Daniel Newburg Gallery which was active in New York from 1984 to 1994, with a special project by Maurizio Cattelan.

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