If you made it to Frieze New York this weekend, chances are pretty slim that you managed to see everything the elite art fair had to offer, including more than 200 booths dedicated to “the world’s leading galleries” (or so the fair boasts), countless individual art works, installations, roving performances, and outdoor displays. Between the enormous octopus tentacles, the ultra-defensive IRL Soylent reps, and the live donkey, there simply weren’t enough hours in the fair’s four-day span (or alcohol in their refrigerators) to do so.
The former Chase bank space at 104 Delancey Street has been empty for about four years, intermittently hosting a Halloween store, a Hanksy exhibit and, recently, a Chabad Purim extravaganza. Last night, when we passed by the space owned by controversial landlord Samy Mahfar and his SMA Equities, it looked like it was in the midst of turning into an old-school warehouse party.
There were at least a dozen art and design fairs all over the city this past weekend, anchored by the glitzy-beyond-belief Frieze NYC on Randall’s Island, home of the $40,000 slab of torn blue packing foam and $16 burritos from (holla!) Mission Cantina. More →