The Frieze Art Fair is debuting in New York City this week. The event is at Randall’s Island Park and founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover haven’t left a single stone unturned.

Aside from the 180 or so galleries participating, a strong American and European contingent will join those from the rest of the world, they’ve also commissioned New York-based architect SO-IL to create the largest temporary structure the city has ever seen here.

There will be plenty for foodies with stalls from Frankie’s Spuntino, Sant Ambroeus, The Fat Radish, Intelligensia Coffee and Roberta’s (complete with wood-burning oven) to name a few.

GrandLife have compiled a guide to the must-see shows and most exciting events throughout the week and weekend.

To kickstart the events, this evening Martha Wainwright will perform a full concert in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome amidst the Kraftwerk Retrospective – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 installation. The set includes her breathtaking Edith Piaf renditions, followed by her own songs. The evening will finish up with a special DJ set by Mark Ronson. Tickets can still be bought here.

Chelsea and Downtown

Chelsea Night, (May 5th), and Downtown Night (May 6th) will feature galleries from the fair with private views and openings. This includes the opening reception at the New Museum for Phyllida Barlow, Tacita Dean, Nathalie Djurberg, and Klara Lidén, and Ryan McGinley at Team Gallery


On Gerhard Richter’s ‘Atlas’ – Sunday, 6 May 1:00pm

Eminent critic and curator Robert Storr (Artist, Critic, Curator and Dean, Yale School of Art) analyzes the work of Gerhard Richter and his influential ‘Atlas’. An ongoing archive of photographs, sketches and materials collected by the acclaimed artist since 1962, it is a source of inspiration for his work and a way of mapping thoughts and processes. As one of the most important experts on the work of Richter, Storr curated the retrospective ‘Gerhard Richter. Forty Years of Painting MoMA’ (2003) and authored September, a History Painting by Gerhard Richter (2010).

Taryn Simon – Monday, 7 May 1:00pm

Taryn Simon presents her recent work, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII, exhibited at Museum of Modern Art, New York from May – September 2012. Produced over a four-year period during which the artist travelled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories, her collection is both cohesive and arbitrary, mapping the relationships between chance, blood and other components of fate.


White Cube offers a 1993 fish cabinet by Damien Hirst with an asking price of $4 million, and a 1987 cement sculpture by Antony Gormley for $750,000.

David Zwirner devotes his booth to Minimalism, with pieces ranging from $50,000 Fred Sandback drawings to a $1 million Dan Flavin light sculpture.

Paul McCarthy’s blue “White Snow Dwarf, Sleepy #1 (Midget)” will stand guard at the Hauser & Wirth booth. It’s priced at $950,000.

Catch a ferry to see the waterfront sculpture park, including pieces by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto and German artist Katja Strunz.

There’s also a projects section curated by Cecilia Alemani that includes Bronx-based sculptor John Ahearn, who reconstructs his 1979 exhibition “South Bronx Hall of Fame,” with painted, plaster casts of local residents, including kids, the homeless and drug addicts.

Frieze Art Fair New York – Opening dates and hours:
Friday 4 May: 12-7pm / Saturday 5 May: 12-7pm / Sunday 6 May: 12-6pm / Monday 7 May: 12-6pm
The fair will run from May 4-7, book your tickets here.
Grandlife Hotels are a proud hotel partner of the Frieze Art Fair for 2012.

For comprehensive information, schedules & dates and for maps, see the FRIEZE ART FAIR WEBSITE and view the great short feature below.