East River Pop-Up Art Village To Be Centerpiece of First Frieze New York Art Fair

01/26/2012 10:35 AM |

Randalls Island, site of the first Frieze New York art fair.

  • Randall’s Island, site of the first Frieze New York art fair.

Between with the arrival of Frieze and NADA in May (4th-7th) and the usual fanfare surrounding the Armory Show and attendant fairs in March, it seems we’ll be awash in art fair news for the next four months—just as Paddy Johnson predicted—and the latest from Frieze is promising: the London fair has commissioned eight artists to create site-specific installations on Randall’s Island that will amount to “a temporary pop-up village.” Go on…

In addition to a pavilion designed by Dumbo-based architects SO-IL to house the first Frieze on this side of the Atlantic, the fair has commissioned eight new large-scale (and mostly outdoor) installations from artists John Ahearn, Uri Aran, Latifa Echakhch, Joel Kyack, author Rick Moody, Virginia Overton, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. and Ulla von Brandenburg, ArtsBeat reports.

Details are still vague as to the exact scope and site of each installation, but Echakhch will create a kind of real life still life, turning a grass area into a Far West scene complete with tumbleweeds; Kyack will be creating some kind of traveling carnival game trailer; and Overton will plant flexible mirrors amongst the trees near the fair. Sounds compelling; now all we need to figure out is how to get to Randall’s Island.

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