Frieze New York 2013: Projects Announced

Today, Frieze announced that the Frieze Projects programme of specially commissioned works will be realised at Frieze New York, 2013 from 10 until 13 May and will present over 180 of the world’s leading galleries. The fair is located in the unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, overlooking the East River. The five artists participating in the Frieze Projects program this year are: Liz Glynn, Maria Loboda, Mateo Tannatt, Andra Ursuta and Marianne Vitale.

The programme includes seven specially commissioned projects, three of which are situated outdoors in Randall’s Island Park. The participating artists have been invited to conceive site-specific works that either react to the exceptional location of Randall’s Island or engage with the experience of the fair. Some projects confront the unique landscape of the site by inserting incongruous presences within the island’s landscape, including a colour-coded garden, a speakeasy, and a cemetery. Others play with quotidian acts via folkloric traditions and formalist preoccupations. Together the seven projects envision new, temporary spaces for participation in everyday rituals.

The programme will also feature a special tribute to legendary artist-run restaurant Food, originally conceived by Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden in October 1971 in collaboration with other artists. Sited outside the fair, this tribute will take the form of a temporary restaurant where the history and legacy of Food will be celebrated. A meeting space, a restaurant, a total work of art, Food was driven by the energy of the people that run it and that gathered there. In the same spirit, Food 1971/2013 at Frieze will be a dynamic platform where each day a different artist will be invited to cook in a convivial environment which will double as a restaurant and a performance stage, a space where food is made and art is discussed, inspired and produced. In 2012, with a homage to Fashion Moda and a presentation of John Ahearn’s work, Frieze Projects started a series of tributes to historical artist-run spaces and initiatives that have defined and transformed the cultural and artistic life of New York City. Food 1971/2013 is the second project in this series.

In 2012, Frieze Projects inaugurated Frieze Story – a new platform for writers and novelists who are invited to develop short stories that expand upon the unique location of the fair – with a short text by Rick Moody. For 2013 Frieze Story, novelist Ben Marcus has been invited to contribute with an original composition which will add another voice to the polyphony of Frieze Projects. Associate Professor at Columbia University, Marcus is the author of a number of novels and short stories, including The Flame Alphabet (2012), Notable American Women (2002), and The Age of Wire and String (1995).

Frieze New York, 10 until 13 May, Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035.


1. Marianne Vitale, Bridge Burn 1, 2012. Courtesy of the artist
2. Liz Glynn, BLACKBOX (Bar), 2012. Photograph by Calvin Lee. Courtesy of LAXART and the Getty Research Institute
3. Maria Loboda, Gentleman overlooking his property, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Schleicher/Lange
4. Andra Ursuta, Conversion Tables (detail), 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Ramiken Crucible