May 10th, 2013 – Spring time brings more than just great weather to New York City, the ceremonial rising of the tulips is how we know Design Week is upon us. What started as a one week celebration of design, centered around the annual ICFF, has blown into three weeks of festivities centered around numerous art fairs, furniture exhibitions, events, and lavish launch parties. New York’s Design Week is kicking off with the opening of Frieze Art Fair and Collective .1 Design Fair, both bursting with various forms of captivating artwork. Be sure to check out Paul McCarthy’s giant red balloon dog standing tall outside of Frieze, and Sebastian Errazuriz’s ‘Blow Me’ fans at Collective .1. After the fairs, stop by Chelsea’s Hôtel Americano, where the stripey pop-up Bar Oppenheimer is exhibiting new artwork from Tobias Rehberger. Lastly, now you can hit up all the design happenings on your fixed gear because BIKEID and Wanted Design teamed up to create NYC’s first ever Design Week Bike Map, grab all the details below.
To coincide with the launch of Frieze New York, Hôtel Americano in collaboration with Pilar Corrias, London is opening Tobias Rehberger Bar Oppenheimer, the new artwork by acclaimed German artist and Golden Lion (Venice Biennale) winner Tobias Rehberger. Bar Oppenheimer, Frankfurt’s artistic and cultural hub, has been reinvented by Rehberger as both a sculptural artwork and fully functioning bar, located in Chelsea’s Hôtel Americano. The bar will open to the public on May 10th for 3 months from 5pm onward nightly.
The New York Design Week Bike Map – created by a collaboration between BIKEID and Wanted Design. Leave your car and yellow taxi at home and bring your bike – greener, faster, more design, more parties. Download a PDF version of the map or the app here.
New York-based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz was commissioned to create his signature functional sculptures for this weeks Collective .1 Design Fair happening this week in New York City. The Blow-Me fan makes a reference to the always escalating expectation of the visitors and collectors to find something that impresses them and “blows them away.” The nine industrial drum fans literally produce this effect to all the visitors who stand in front of the piece and press the foot pedal. The pink neon which lights up is a way in which Sebastian mocks the cliche of neon art that is so abundant at fairs. The phrase “Blow Me” also holds sexual and flippant connotations with which the artist has fun reminding colleagues and collectors that, although conscious of the pressures and politics of the game, he will ultimately do what he pleases.
Also opening this week at Collective .1 Design Fair is ‘SWASH’ from Dana Barnes Studio. The new piece is an evolution of her ongoing exploration of unique and evocative textile experiences. The sprawling, converging and interactive floor lounging area is a study of soft and yielding materials that coalesce with those that are rigid. Tactual fibers flow seamlessly around and through geometric forms to create undulating and entangled textiles that are manipulated with irregular gestures of knotting, twisting, braiding and looping. The result is an expansive fiber composition that contrasts with static materials that are kept in minimal contexts. Pictured above as part of the lounging area, are suspended chairs made of magnified felted fiber rope, blackened steel and leather.
Artist Paul McCarthy’s 80-foot tall Balloon Dog will grace the front lawn at this year’s Frieze Art Fair, which opens this weekend in NYC. The Randall’s Island event will feature 180 contemporary art galleries from around the world.