THIS WEEKEND: What to Do and See at Frieze New York 2022

View of Frieze New York Image: Casey Kelbaugh

Bringing together the world’s best galleries and today’s most talked-about artists, Frieze returns to The Shed for its tenth year in New York City and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Get tickets here.

Tracey Emin’s You Never Should have Loved Me The way you did at White Cube, A8

You Never Should have Loved Me The way you did, 2014 by Tracey Emin at White Cube. Image: White Cube

Jumping off the wall, Tracey Emin’s neon wall pieces have hung above the beds of Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Justin Bieber, and many others. And that’s fair game as there is a strange intimacy to these works, despite the bold presentation. Maybe it’s the handwritten script or the message itself: one of resentment, pleading, charm, or something else altogether. See the work for yourself and enjoy the stable charm of neon. There is a sting of the message along with an aesthetic ideal, almost reinforcing the intensity. Tracey Emin continues to go deeper into a study of the dynamic relationship between message and presentation.

The Maestro Dobel Artpothecary – Level 8

Maestro Dobel Artpothacary at Frieze New York Image: Angela Pham

Step into a world of fine Mexican design with the official tequila of Frieze North America, Maestro Dobel. The brand, with design collective Clásicos Mexicanos, has brought out selection of furniture pieces celebrating the Mexican Golden Age as part of their Artpothecary series, including chairs and tables by Ricardo Legorreta, which are making their debut at the fair. The pieces are playful, warm, and deeply organic in feeling (and not bad to sit in, either). Along with fine furniture and a great view over Hudson Yards, guests can sample a variety of cocktails including a floral-forward Rosa Bugambilia or a classic margarita, both of which use Maestro Dobel Diamante tequila. Learn more here.

Kate Mosher Hall’s Mirror Mirror at Hannah Hoffman, FR9

Mirror Mirror, 2022, by Kate Mosher Hall at Hannah Hoffman, Image: Hannah Hoffman

Take a moment to absorb this interesting work from a step back, with it fully in view. With its archival tendencies, forgive yourself if you doubt its complexity. Bring yourself closer to the work and encounter amazing relationships between layers upon layers of paint, dots of unusual scale- you cannot predict it. There is a magnification along with a negative distance by way of the actual scale of the prints’ layers. Hall finishes it off with hand-painted strokes, drags, and smears to give it a fully organic character. As for an initial encounter, these works can feel digital and maybe even simple. But you leave with high respect for the technical requirement. FR9

Ruinart Champagne Lounge – Level 8

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc & Ruinart Rosé Image: Ruinart

This year, Ruinart has entrusted installation artist Jeppe Hein to interpret the story of the Maison in its Carte Blanche series. Jeppe Hein’s interpretation, entitled Right Here, Right Now places the viewer at the heart of the experience and the physical terroir of the oldest champagne house. This joyful installation appeals to the senses with an unpredictable but amusing series of interactions in which you’ll literally leave your mark and enjoy an invitation feel fully aware of the unexpected and wonderful possibilities afforded by the senses. After exploring the art, guests can enjoy Ruinart Champagnes, including the Ruinart Blanc de Blanc & Ruinart Rosé in the space.

Albert Oehlen’s Kafftee/Cofftea at Gagosian, B8

Albert Oehlen’s Kafftee/Cofftea vending machine at the Gagosian booth at Frieze New York 2022. Image: Taylor Dafoe

Who doesn’t love a comment on the art world? Gagosian has placed a vending machine dispensing a new hybrid coffee-tea beverage—dubbed Kafftee/Cofftea—conceived by the German artist Albert Oehlen. The machine and drink required FDA approval, a new reality for the iconic gallery. “This is a project he did with a friend of his in Munich who has a drink company, Aqua Monaco,” Stefan Ratibor, a director at Gagosian London, told Artnet News. “We thought it’d be cool at an art fair, which is a very commercial event, to have a vending machine.” The art by Oehlen does incorporate motifs of drink advertising from Spanish billboards. The drinks are limited to 3,800 samples, offered for free.

Get tickets to Frieze New York here.

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