Among all the gallery openings, Buyers dinners, smaller art fair inaugurals, and the reason why we were all here, Frieze New York, four individuals set out to bring Art Basel to New York for Frieze Week.
In the last few years, these "Contemporennials", as I like to call them, have brought so much awareness, with the help of their favorite musicians, celebrities, and street artists, to this culture. In 2003, Banksy gave his Think Tank piece to a Blur album cover because he needed money, today that same piece sold at an auction for over $100,000. It's safe to say, the art audience is shifting and the appreciation for creativity is at an all time high...and tolerance. Fairs like Select and Downtown Fair premiered for the first time during Frieze Week to take advantage of, not only all the art buyers in town, but to get a chance to expose them to some of the up and coming contemporary artists.
On May 10th, Dijana Ilieva, Ashley Outrageous, Fadia Kader and Rahim "The Dream" put together a charity event that embodies all the elements of what a modern "Art Basel" event looks like: Celebrities, music, live art, cocktails, food, and a good cause. Travis McCoy, Carla Facciolo, Claudia Jordan, Sue Tsai, Jay West, Peejet, and Stephanie Shay George came together to paint, on canvas, live nude Model Sasha DelValle for 2 hours, while sipping on cocktails provided by Seagrams Gin. The finished canvases will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.