Editors' Picks: Architecture-Inspired Work at the New York Art Fairs

By William Hanley
May 12, 2013
Photo © John Berens / Frieze Art Fair
Frieze Art Fair
A fabric room by Do-Ho Suh at the Lehmann Maupin booth.

A snaking white tent designed by Brooklyn firm SO-IL kept out occasionally torrential rain at the second New York edition of the Frieze Art Fair, which opened during a break in the clouds on Thursday. Despite the weather, crowds made the trip to Randalls Island to check out work on offer from some 180 dealers and a series of related programs and exhibitions.

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Elsewhere in the city, a roster of other fairs also opened their doors in time for the weekend, including NADA (the nonprofit New Art Dealers Alliance fair), PULSE, and the Collective.1 Design Fair, among others. Cut/log, a three-year-old Paris fair making its NYC debut, set up shop in an former school building, as did Wish Meme, a curated show of mostly emerging artists that opened in conjunction with the New Museum’s Ideas City festival, and both used their respective venues to great effect.

All in all, there was a lot of art to see, some of the best of which referenced architecture, urbanism, and ideas about the built environment. Click the image above to view some highlights.


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