The Frieze New York Art Fair on Randall's Island May 9-12 is adding music to its third annual event. Seventeen local and international acts, from indie rock duo Christy & Emily to soul singer Suzi Analogue, will greet - or confront - art lovers as they enter the fairgrounds as part of the female-centric mini-music festival Without, created by Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based artist Naama Tsabar.
The bands of Without include Noveller, the stage name of Sarah Lipstate, a filmmaker-musician who has scored Radiolab's live-staged show and collaborated with Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, and pop-rock group The Suzan, which has toured with Peter, Bjorn & John and had its song "Come Come" featured in a Verizon Wireless ad.
"Saturday and Sunday are going to have a tight lineup, with a band every hour. There's going to be food vendors and [merchandise] tables," says Tsabar. "We're trying to get as 'festival' as possible." Last year, Frieze New York, a satellite of the 11-year-old uber-popular Frieze London, drew approximately 60,000 visitors. The 2014 edition will showcase 193 of the world's leading contemporary galleries, including The Gladstone Gallery in New York and The Box in Los Angeles.