A staple of the London contemporary art scene, the Frieze Art Fair made its NYC debut this past weekend. Taking over Randall's Island (not everyone in the office even knew of its existence), the four-day long-weekend celebration invited participants from far and wide (including Latifa Echakhch, Joel Kyack, and Ulla von Brandenburg), as well as those who work right within our own hometown (Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Rick Moody, John Ahearn, Uri Aran, and Virginia Overton). Along with the outdoor exhibitions we always welcome with open arms, however, this kind of New York premiere called for more than just the A word — what's the Big Apple without a bash or two?
The theme of the Frieze Fair allowed for artists to use the Randall's Island space and architecture as a part of their creations, and we found that models, editors, and celebs, in turn, decided to use NYC as their playground to party (and dress up) in honor of these creative masters. Okay, so maybe Frieze is no Art Basel, served with a side of sweet sunshine and South-Beach sand, but we think this Northeaster feast is just as exciting, and we could certainly get used to its annual arrival on our own small spot of land right off the coast of Manhattan Island.
Ready to get a taste of what you were missing this past weekend? Jump ahead for the best party pics that Frieze had to offer, and cross your fingers the art fair comes back for more New York next year.