10 Things To Do At Frieze

What should absolutely be visited at Frieze New York next week (May 5th – 8th)? We wanted to know. There was no better person to go to than Natasha Schlesinger, who is not only the curator of the ‘ArtSpeak’ pop-up exhibition at The Surrey (the rooftop mural by artist Peter Gerakaris and featured above is just part of this amazing pop-up) in partnership with Frieze but also the founder of Art Muse and Art Expert in Residence at The Surrey. Schlesinger also happens to be the recipient of the Art Table award as one of the “Future Women Leaders of the Art World.” We like badass women doing badass things…that includes in the art world…need we say more? Suffice to say, Schlesinger knows what’s happening this year at Frieze, and here’s where she told us to hit up…

1.  Frieze is all about international contemporary art and that’s what you are ultimately there to see.  So, I will start with highlighting a few of my favorite galleries that I would recommend to stop by at: David Zwirner, Lehmann Maupin, Fergus McCaffrey, Gallerie Perrotin, Jack Shaman Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Paul Kasmin, Gallerie Continua amongst many others of course.

2. The Surrey Hotel is always a fun place to hang out at either at the Bar Pleiades or the roof garden (accessible only to members and hotel guests). But this year, the hotel branches out to be an alternative to art gallery spaces when they present their “ArtSpeak” exhibit with nine emerging and established contemporary artists dispersed through the lobby and the roof garden during Frieze and beyond.

3. There are several parts to Frieze; Focus is one of them. Focus showcases creatively curated exhibitions by participating galleries.  So look for that sign if you are looking for specially curated exhibits.

4. Another interesting component of the fair is the Spotlight section that presents rare presentations of 20th century artists such as Jo Baer or Alan Shields.

5. Frieze Projects is the fair’s program of site-specific artist commissions, curated by Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art). Six international artists, including Maurizio Cattelan and Alex Da Corte, will create new immersive and interactive works – inside, outside and even floating above Frieze New York.

6. Definitely don’t miss other bonus features of Frieze such as Frieze Talks, which are also a good way to add to the scope of interesting ways to engage with the fair and Frieze Sounds which give the fair a multi-sensory touch.

7. Food is important at the fair and this year the selection is quite wonderful including Sant Ambroeus, Roberta’s Pizza, Superiority Burger, Marlow & Sons and Cosme. So make sure that you are well nourished either before attempting your fair route or if you need to stop in the middle not to faint. Book ahead the sit down restaurants.

8. Don’t forget that you can get to the fair in several ways, one of these is on a ferry that leaves from either East 90th street or East 35th street. That is definitely the most enjoyable way to get there without being stuck in traffic or riding in a hot stuffy bus.

9. As you are already in NY to see Frieze, do take advantage of the multiple exciting art opportunities to see and do in NY as well.  The New Met/Brauer is just opened and its “Unfinished” exhibit is well worth seeing. The New Whitney museum is a must on the art places to visit in New York, and the main Metropolitan Museum will have its annual fashion institute exhibition, which this year is called “Manus et Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” or the Guggenheim museum, from where the Frieze bus leaves every thirty minutes.

10. Look for the Frame section, which features solo presentations by today’s best emerging talents. This is a way to see one specific artist at a time and get a better idea of his or her work.

You’ll need a comfy pair of shoes if you’re planning to attend Frieze, so see here for inspiration. And don’t forget to pack a jacket