May 6, 2014
Frieze Week NY
A Frieze Projects NY Commission by Naama Tsabar
May 8 - 12

Frieze has announced the Frieze Projects program of specially commissioned artworks to be realized at Frieze New York 2014. The program for 2014 is curated by Cecilia Alemani and includes seven newly commissioned projects, one of which is Spinello Projects' Naama Tsabar. Frieze New York is located in the unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, overlooking the East River.

For her project titled Without, Tsabar will remove the floor from a booth inside the fair, transporting outdoors a fragment of the fair’s architecture, leaving a 3' hole in the tent, exposing the grass underneath. Placed outside the fair, the floor will shift its function and will serve as a stage for a small music festival taking place in the bucolic landscape of Randall’s Island, the history of which is marked by frequent important musical events such as the legendary 1970 Jimi Hendrix concert.

Naama Tsabar, Without, Rendering for booth within Frieze Art Fair

To curate the music festival Tsabar has invited Mindy Abovitz, Editor-in-Chief of Tom Tom Magazine: the only magazine in the world dedicated to female drummers. The festival showcases mostly New York-based bands, crossing genres and exhibiting different levels of skill, supporting Tom Tom‘s agenda to dispel myths about women musicians.

For further information and updated performance schedule, click here.

Without is supported by Artis




MAY 10, 2014

By Maxwell Williams

Often, through, music at art fairs is presented on a different level than the art itself, as an after-thought at a showing or gallery’s afterparty. Tsabar, on the other hand, intends to equalize things by making the musicians on par with the artwork, presenting performances at the same time patrons are browsing the wares at the fair.

The sounds that will waft through the air at Frieze New York will be diverse — performers run the gamut from a jazz trio to indie rock groups — but they have something in common: Each has a female percussionist. Helping to find 17 bands that fit the hill was Mindy Abovitz, editor of the quarterly magazine Tom Tom, a publication dedicated to female percussionists. 

“I love that he idea for this Tom Tom magazine-curated music festival sprung out of Naama Tsabar’s concept of an architectural intervention for her Frieze Art Fair booth,” says Lipstate. 

“It was important for me to open this window,” says Tsabar. “When I went to see all these shows in Brooklyn [as research], it was male-dominant. I’m more interested in putting to the forefront the female voice that is there, but it is not always given the stage. In the context of the art fair, probably 70 percent, if not more, of what’s going to be displayed inside will probably be [created by] men.” 

MAY 5, 2014 

By Kristin Anderson

Honey Ear Trio, Larry & the Babes, Suzi Analogue. Ringing any bells? If not, Naama Tsabar's mini music festival is a good excuse to brush up on your Brooklyn bands. The Israeli-born, New York-based artist will be curating a lineup of seventeen under-the-radar acts at Frieze. Though they'll all take the stage outdoors, the performance space itself will be cut from the structure of the fair, Tsabar's nod to the ability of sound to unite indoor and outdoor spaces. It doubles as a fitting homage to Randall's Island's musical heritage, which includes far more than just Governors Ball debauchery: The spot played host to the likes of Duke Ellington and Jimi Hendrix (the latter appeared as part of Monterey Pop's lesser-known East Coast sibling in 1970). Bonus: Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Seth Browarnik, World Red Eye


Naama Tsabar was born in Israel in 1982. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at venues in New York, Tel Aviv, Basel and Milan. Tsabar’s solo project ‘Encore’ was presented at Art Statements during Art Basel 38 in Basel, Switzerland. Solo exhibitons of Tsabar have been presented at the Tel Aviv Museum and the Herziliya Museum for Contemporary Art in Israel, Thierry Goldberg Gallery (New York), Dvir Gallery (Israel) and Pianissimo Gallery (Milan). Selected group exhibitions featuring Tsabar’s work include ‘Greater New York’ (curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Butler and Neville Wakefield) at MoMA PS1, The Bucharest Biennale for Young Artists (Curated by Ami Barak, Romania), Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), ExtraCity in Antwerp (Belgium), and ‘Sweat’ at Columbia University and the Fisher Landau Center in New York. Tsabar is a two-time recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grant (in 2005 and 2009), the 2009-2010 recipient of the Joan Sovern Award from Columbia University,  2012 Grantee of The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award and held residency in 2012 at The Fountainhead Residency in Miami. Tsabar’s work has been featured in publications including ArtForum, ArtReview, The New York Times, New York Magazine, ArtAsia Pacific and Fader Magazine. Tsabar lives and works in New York.

Spinello Projects is a Miami-based contemporary art program founded in 2005 by Anthony Spinello. The gallery supports and promotes the work of artists with unorthodox and experimental practices. Its mission: to initiate fundamental changes in Miami’s visual landscape and to present new aesthetic challenges to a broader global viewership.

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