One of the highlights of Frieze NY 2014, the juggernaut art fair launched by London-based art magazine Frieze, was a crushed Fiat car coated in pink nail polish. The artwork is titled “Skin Crime 3” by Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury, and it was installed next to a giant mirror-like old-school Gilette razor blade titled “Blade” (of course). We’re a fan of Fleury’s ouevre, which explores themes of consumerism, shopping, fashion, luxury, beauty and marketing, often in striking vivid, colorful installations.
We spent part of our weekend at the third annual Frieze NY art fair on Randall’s Island, New York City. The art fair has quickly gained a foothold in New York as a leading contemporary art event in what is arguably the art capital of the world.
Frieze NY is the sister art fair of Frieze London, itself the spawn of the visionaries from Frieze magazine. The New York fair is held in one massive, snaking translucent tent that stretches the lengths of several football fields.
The sheer number of galleries present at the fair and the number of artworks these galleries show can be dizzying, but the event is a great way to sample the global stock of contemporary art and artists and the galleries representing them.