The Frieze Art Fair has returned to New York for its 7th edition (2-5 May). The highly-curated industry standard event is now joined by a host of satellite fairs, exhibitions, and happenings, taking place throughout the city this week. While major New York galleries have the hometown advantage, international players have also staked their claim. Gaining traction and joining the ranks of the art world is the collectible design market. In fact, the art world is capitalizing on significant growths in the collectible markets. Bluechip galleries are beginning to get in on the game. All of these offerings factor into what has now been coined as Frieze Week. Here are a few of our highlights. As the month of may progress, New York’s offerings transition from art and collectible design offering into NYCxDesign programming: stay tuned for our roundup.
The Object & Thing fair eliminates the hierarchy between art and collectible design. Established by the former artistic director for Frieze Americas and Asia, Abby Bangser, and designed by New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas, the fair features over 200 works from 32 of the world’s leading galleries. The fair includes pieces priced at an affordable level.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery mounts Slow Motion in their New York penthouse space. The Aldo Bakker solo show displays new sculptural furniture and vessel pieces. The Dutch designer’s unique approach combines highly skilled artisanal production with otherworldly forms, that often challenge the basics of function and use.
Leading London design gallerist Libby Sellers and Brent Dzekciorius, founder of architectural material company Dzek, team up to the mount the An Accelerated Culture exhibit at New York’s Friedman Benda gallery. The group show surveys a group of progressive generation X designers, who emerged on the scene at the turn of the millennium.
Kasmin Gallery collaborated with British designer Jasper Morrison for its first foray into collectible design. The industry-leading talent debuts a new all cork collection of limited edition furniture pieces. Morrison’s interest in cork stems from its remarkable functionality as well as its unique atmospheric qualities, which he recognizes as a key design component of an object’s long-term success.
Header Image: (Mark Blower/Courtesy Frieze New York)