Frieze to Stage 'Al's Grand Hotel'

New York -- Seven specially commissioned artworks will be realized at Frieze New York 2014, including a restaging of Los Angeles' legendary 'Al's Grand Hotel'.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will be in large attendance at this important art fair located on Randall's Island in New York.

The artists participating in the Frieze Projects this year are: Darren Bader, Eduardo Basualdo, Eva Kotátková, Marie Lorenz, Koki Tanaka and Naama Tsabar. The fair also presents Al’s Grand Hotel, originally realized in 1971 in Los Angeles by Allen Ruppersberg.

Darren Bader (American, b. 1978

Bader will use Randall’s Island as an imaginary playground to stage a series of absurdist interventions.

Recently Bader has written a number of humorous proposals for impossible artworks to happen around the world – examples of which have included riding the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius naked and installing a baby changing table under Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. {'Energy Study' photo, above}

Eduardo Basualdo (Argentine, b. 1977)

In his work Argentine artist Eduardo Basualdo often reflects on the reaction of the human body to the pressure of architectural restrictions – research that the artist considers part of a broader investigation into how we live within cultural limits.

Basualdo will present a large-scale sculptural installation that engages with the island as a sports destination: two soccer goals will be erected in the Randall’s Island park to mimic a real soccer field, albeit impossible to use, as the goals will be blocked with glass.

Eva Kotátková (Czech, b. 1982)

In her immersive environments and assemblages of disparate objects as well as in her works on paper and performances, Czech artist Eva Kotátková examines institutions and disciplinary systems, considering the way in which they determine behavior.

Kotátkováwill create an outdoor installation resembling a children’s playground where each structure will serve to fit people inside it, with viewers becoming an integral part of the sculpture. Each of the components will be reminiscent of an anatomical fragment, situating the participant in a specific body posture.

Marie Lorenz (American, b. 1973)

New York-based artist Marie Lorenz has been exploring and documenting New York City’s waterfronts for many years. In 2005, she started her Tide and Current Taxi project, a makeshift rowing boat built from salvaged materials, with which she takes people around the New York harbor, visiting remote locations, secret islands and looking at the city from the rare perspective of the water.

Lorenz will extend this project by providing an alternative ferry service around Randall’s Island.

Koki Tanaka (Japanese, b. 1975)

Japanese artist Koki Tanaka turns common objects and seemingly banal actions into reflections on the passage of time and the organization of everyday life. A booth selling palm fronds in a flea market in Los Angeles, a water raft built with waste materials and an entire exhibition filled with discarded objects collected from a museum’s storage are some of the interventions carried out by Tanaka.

Tanaka will insert a series of incongruous presences, inviting representatives from the ‘invisible communities’ that inhabit Randall’s Island to spend the day at the fair, carrying out activities that are not usually performed at Frieze. Tanaka’s orchestrated actions will drive viewers to interact with the participants and encourage them to rethink the space of the art fair as a public space.

Naama Tsabar (Israeli, b. 1982)

Israeli-born, New York-based artist Naama Tsabar works across different disciplines, including sculpture, installation and performance. Often conjuring gender and power issues, her practice relates to the space of communal gatherings such as nightclubs, bars, and raves.

She has conceived a mini music festival in the bucolic landscape of Randall’s Island, the history of which is marked by frequent musical events such as the legendary 1970 Jimi Hendrix concert. Every day, different local underground bands will be playing on the stage, activating the space outside the fair.

Al’s Grand Hotel (1971/2014)

Frieze Projects will celebrate Al’s Grand Hotel, the legendary 1971 project by Allen Ruppersberg originally installed at 7175 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The fully operational hotel was open for six weeks, acting as a site for gatherings, parties, performances as well as a place to spend the night.

The seven rooms were functional installations, each one themed and built with vernacular materials. Purposefully temporary, the hotel remained as a landmark in Los Angeles’ history.

Al’s Grand Hotel will again be restaged within the fair, with two rooms, a lobby and a new series of interventions. Visitors to the fair can become guests of the hotel and can book rooms in the hotel to spend the night.