Frieze Los Angeles may have opened today in Los Angeles. But this new announcement shows that things are starting to heat up in NYC ahead of Frieze New York.
Tishman Speyer and Frieze New York announced a new partnership to bring public art to Rockefeller Center. The new annual collaboration will be curated by Brett Littman, director of the Isamu Noguchi Museum. 20 sculptures from Frieze gallerists will be installed in April in anticipation of Frieze New York through June.
Rockefeller Center, conceived by John D. Rockefeller, has a robust collection of murals, sculptures, and friezes. The Lower Plaza and Fifth Ave entrance already have two notable sculptures, Prometheus by Paul Manship and Atlas by Lee Lawrie and Rene Paul Chambellan, respectively.
Prometheus by Paul Manship (1885-1966), via Rockefeller Center
The creation of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center continues John D. Rockefeller’s vision of the partnerships between businesses and the arts. By bringing in pieces from the Frieze gallerists, Rockefeller Center can share inspiration and creativity with the public.
Loring Randolph(Artistic Director, Frieze Americas) said: “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Rockefeller Center and Brett Littman on a major two-month art initiative, opening up an exciting array of artworks to New Yorkers and international visitors in the heart of Manhattan. Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center is an unprecedented opportunity for our galleries to present work by their artists far beyond a fair booth or gallery space, in a historic, much-loved, and bustling New York City site. Brett Littman is one of New York’s brightest curatorial minds, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us!”
Brett Littman said: “It is very exciting to be working on such a far-reaching project with Frieze New York and Rockefeller Center. My goal for Frieze Sculpture this year is to curate an immersive campus-wide installation that is responsive to the architecture and Noguchi’s bas relief News (1940). I plan to include a diverse group of international artists, many of whom have not sited public sculpture in New York before, whose works are conscious of our current political moment and question how sculpture operates in our contemporary world.”
Michaella Solar-March(Managing Director, Rockefeller Center Marketing and Experience) said: “Rockefeller Center is known and celebrated for its displays of public art, both permanent works and special exhibits with some of the world’s leading artists. Bringing Frieze Sculpture to New York is the next step of our public art journey, and we can’t wait for New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this incredible, wide-ranging installation that will effectively turn the Center into an art park each year.”
Like grandfather, like grandson.
David Rockefeller, Jr, founder of the Business Committee for the Arts and namesake of the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award, founded One Chase Plaza, now 28 Liberty, with a similar vision of pairing the arts and business. Like Rockefeller Center, One Chase Plaza was designed as a physical manifestation of that idea, with the artwork an integral piece of the building structure. The plaza, now owned by Fosun, boasts an Isamu Noguchi piece commissioned by David Rockefeller, Jr. Fosun was a recipient of the 2018 BCA 10 Award for its partnership with arts organizations like Sing For Hope, and for its incorporation of the existing art into its new logo.
More than 30 Sing For Hope Pianos on 28 Liberty Plaza
Cover image: Atlas by Lee Lawrie (1877-1963) and Rene Paul Chambellan (1893-1955) via Rockefeller Center