Friday, May 6, 2016

Frieze New York Spills on to Madison Aveue

We started the week off celebrating the fashion as an art from with the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's newest Costume Institute exhibit. We are closing out the week with more art appreciation as Frieze New York begins, on Friday.

Pazooki Leila, Feel Your Feelings

Frieze (pronounced Freeze) New York started in London more than 25 years ago and has become one of the art industry's largest trade show. Housed under big tents on Randalls Island, the fair runs through Sunday and showcases some of the biggest and brightest in the art world. That means you can expect to see your social media platform of choice streaming with 'interesting' images all weekend long.

If you're not interested in trekking to Randall's Island we suggest you explore modern art right here in our neighborhood. The Surrey Hotel, which is on Madison Avenue at 76th Street, recently added a gallery component called, "ArtSpeak." A lineup of eight artists showcases contemporary veterans like Ryan McGinness, known for fusing high and low culture through veneers of spray paint and silk- screening, to newly introduced electroluminescent works by Jonny Detiger. You can check out more about the participating artists and their work, right here.

The exhibits can be found throughout the hotel, including the rooftop garden. The hotel commissioned artist Peter Gerakaris, where he has executed a floating garden in the middle of the rooftop. The instillations incorporates colorful, saturated organic images of plants and flowers that nonetheless serve as his own symbols of communication.

The Surrey has always been known for it's fine art, including the signature six-foot tapestry of model Kate Moss, “Kate” by Chuck Close. This is the first-ever multiple-artist exhibition at the hotel. It's clear that it's making an effort to position itself as the neighborhood's definitive destination for chic art and hospitality. The strategy couldn't be better, considering The Met Breuer opened just blocks away.

The exhibit will run through August 31. We couldn't imagine a more fitting place to spend time and appreciate art-- regardless of if you are visiting or staying at the hotel. It's always been our favorite near-home retreat and now there is even more to appreciate.

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