DISPATCH - MAY 9, 2013 (7:01 p.m.)


Finding a sprawling installation of outdoor sculpture in New York City is a rarity. At Frieze New York 2013, no fewer than 12 artists have contributed public-sized works for the Outdoor Sculpture Park. The installation is located along the waterfront on Randall’s Island—overlooking the East River--and is adjacent to the structure housing the art fair.

Exhibiting artists include Paul McCarthy, Fiona Connor, Saint Clair Cemin, Martha Friedman, Nick Van Woert, Tom Burr, Tom Friedman, Andreas Lolis, Charles Long, Jason Meadows, Pae White and Franz West. All the sculptors are represented by galleries exhibiting at the international art fair.


Balloon Dog by Paul McCarthy, 2013. Hauser & Wirth. Frieze New York 2013 Sculpture Park. Photograph by John Berens. Courtesy John Berens/ Frieze.


The outdoor sculpture exhibition was curated by Tom Eccles, who selected the works from proposals submitted by the galleries.

Eccles has a storied career as a curator and curatorial advisors. He is currently a faculty and graduate committee member of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Career highlights may include working with the Park Avenue Armory and with the Adobe Museum of Digital Media to curate the first online project with Tony Oursler plus organizing outdoor projects for major New York City museums including MoMA, the New Museum and multiple Whitney Museum of American Art biennials, according to a Bard College biography.

As Director of the Public Art Fund in New York City from 1996-2005, Eccles curated over 100 exhibitions and projects with artists including Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, Pierre Huyghe, Ilya Kabakov, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Nam June Paik, Pipilotti Rist, Lawrence Weiner, Andrea Zittel and others.

Eccles also curated the 2012 Frieze New York Outdoor Sculpture Park. There were 14 sculptors providing works for the 2012 edition of the sculpture park.

Both installations allow visitors to see a “significant group of public-scale sculpture” made by artists who are internationally-recognized, established or emerging, said Eccles.

“Building upon the success of last year, our aim for this new edition is to increase the ambition of the Sculpture Park program both in scope and scale,” stated Eccles in a fair release. “Placed in an exceptional location, the program will continue expanding visitors’ experience by displaying large outdoor sculptures in dialogue with ephemeral pieces. Both physical objects and works that help define our experience of the park itself, a space that offers both bucolic and urban conditions.’

New work made for the 2013 Sculpture Park includes Paul McCarthy’s Balloon Dog (2013)—an 80-foot-high inflatable work. McCarthy’s Butt Plug (2007) was exhibited last year in the Hamptons at Watermill Center. The inflatable work was 60-foot high.

Other new works made for the 2013 Frieze Sculpture Park are Fiona Connor’s Style Guide Spa (2013); Saint Clair Cemin’s Fotini (2013); Martha Friedman’s Amygdalas (2013) and Nick Van Woert’s Primitive (2013).

The exhibition also features Tom Burr’s a few golden moments (2011), Tom Friedman’s Circle Dance (2010), Andreas Lolis’s Untitled (2013), Charles Long’s Untitled (2013), Jason Meadows’s St. Francis (2010), Pae White’s Briquettes and Support: Fox, Bird, Owl, Turtle, Frog (2003) and Franz West’s Untitled (2011).


Balloon Dog by Paul McCarthy, 2013. Hauser & Wirth. Frieze New York 2013 Sculpture Park. Photograph by John Berens. Courtesy John Berens/ Frieze.


BASIC FACTS: Frieze New York takes place from May 10 to 13, 2013 on Randall’s Island. The art fair features over 180 galleries from across the world. For information, visit http://friezenewyork.com. A story on the 2013 Frieze Art Fair will publish shortly at Hamptons Art Hub.com.

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