05/04/2012 04:33 pm ET Updated Jul 04, 2012

Frieze Scores -- and So Do I

I'm in New York for the much anticipated Frieze Art Fair, which has blown the roof off how an art fair is supposed to look.

My objective in attending Frieze is to line up new experts for my artist empowering course, Klein Artist Works and wow did I score. Simon de Pury of Phillips de Pury auction house and the star of Work of Art has agreed; as have Ai Weiwei's compatriot and dealer, Christophe Mao, who has galleries in New York City and Beijing; and Daniela Steinfeld of Van Horn Gallery in Dusseldorf.

Unfortunately, I've missed several hometown Chicago shows I would have previewed for an ArtLetter (Doug Fogelson at The Historic Water Tower, A. Laurie Palmer at ThreeWalls, and Versionfest).

But the main story is the Frieze Art Fair and the impressive art, location, venue, galleries and attention to detail. You get to Frieze, on Randall Island, by the boat or by shuttle, and arrive at a serpentine tent in a pastoral setting with beautiful light, high ceilings, great contemporary galleries, knowledgeable and known attendees, and a pervasive glow on the art, the people and the show.

We'll let the pictures tell the story.










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Thank you very much,
Paul Klein