Frieze New York

Randall’s Island Park

May 2-5, 2019


When is Frieze New York 2019?
The fair will be open to the public from May 2-5, with two Preview Days May 1 and May 2.

How do I get a ticket for the fair?
Tickets for Frieze New York can be purchased online, using a credit or debit card and will be released in early 2019.

What makes Frieze New York different from other art fairs?
Frieze New York offers the opportunity to encounter an exceptional quality and range of artwork, featuring the world’s most exciting emerging talents together with iconic names in modern and contemporary art. Independent curators have specially advised on sections Frame and Spotlight to encourage discovery and connoisseurship. Visitors can also experience a dynamic series of talks, Live performances, new artist commissions and the city’s most talked about restaurants – all in a bespoke structure, designed for the experience of art and overlooking the East River in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.

What is the relationship between Frieze New York and Frieze London?
Frieze New York takes a similar approach to Frieze London, one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs. Frieze New York is also housed in a bespoke structure and located in a unique setting overlooking the East River. Frieze New York and Frieze London are separate fairs and applications to each are a discreet process.

Who are the Directors of Frieze New York?
Victoria Siddall is Director of Frieze Fairs, supported in New York by newly appointed Artistic Director, Loring Randolph. Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover are the founders of Frieze New York.

How are the galleries selected for the fair?
The application form for Frieze New York is available online in June of each year. The application deadline is in August and the selection is made in September. There is an appeals procedure in late November. The selection is made by a committee of gallerists who participate in the fair; the fair directors chair the meeting but do not vote. In 2018 the Frieze New York committee members were: Miguel Abreu (Miguel Abreu Gallery), Bridget Donahue (Bridget Donahue), Andrew Hamilton (The Modern Institute), Bellatrix Hubert (David Zwirner Gallery), Mara McCarthy (The Box) and Matthew Wood (Mendes Wood DM).

What are the gallery sections at Frieze New York?
Frieze New York is made up of the main gallery section and feature sections: Frame, Spotlight, plus a new themed section for 2018, 
For Your Infotainment: Hudson and Feature Inc. and a new section for performance and interactive installations entitled Live.

What is Frame?
Frame is a section dedicated to galleries established less than eight years ago. Galleries are selected on the basis of a proposed solo presentation. Frame allows visitors and collectors to see work by artists who have not previously benefitted from an international platform to show their work.

Who are the Frame advisors?
The Frieze New York 2019 Frame and Focus advisors are Andrew Bonacina (The Hepworth, Wakefield) andwho hands over to Laura McLean-Ferris (Swiss Institute, New York). 

What is Spotlight?
The 2018 edition of Frieze New York featured a record 36 presentations in Spotlight, a section for solo artist shows of work made in the 20th century, with a special focus on work made after 1960. Revealing foundational moments in art through pioneering figures from across the world, Spotlight features positions beyond the Western tradition, surveys of under-recognized artists and rarely seen work by iconic figures of the avant-garde. 

Who is the Spotlight advisor?
Laura Hoptman (Executive Director, The Drawing Center) is the new curator of Spotlight in 2019. Previously curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Hoptman has overseen landmark exhibitions by Yayoi Kusama, Isa Genzken, Henry Taylor, Bruce Conner, and Elizabeth Peyton, as well as the 54th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh).

What are the Stand Prizes at the fair?
This year, the fair will once again have three awards recognizing exceptional presentations from galleries across the fair: the Frame Prize, dedicated to the most deserving presentation in the Frame section, and two Frieze Stand Prizes for galleries in any section of the fair. A Frieze Stand Prize will be awarded to outstanding presentations in two categories: the first specifically to a gallery under 12 years of age, and the second for an exceptional gallery taking part in any section of the fair.

What is the Reading Room?
The Reading Room, offers visitors the opportunity to browse and buy a curated selection of the world’s best arts and culture publications.

What is Frieze Live?
Live is a program of performances and installations, launching in New York for the first time in 2018 and presented in collaboration with galleries. Curated by Adrienne Edwards (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; recently appointed Whitney Museum of American Art, New York) and entitled “ASSEMBLY,” the time-based program will feature processions, ritualistic and conceptual performance alongside sound installations, banners and flags. Artists will engage with significant issues of our time and experiment with alternative modes of collectivity.

The participating artists and galleries for Live 2018 are: Renée Green (Galerie Nagel Draxler) Alfredo Jaar (Galerie Lelong & Co./Goodman Gallery), Dave McKenzie (Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects), Raúl de Nieves, (Company Gallery) with Erik Zajaceskowski, Lara Schnitger (Anton Kern Gallery), Hank Willis Thomas ( Jack Shainman Gallery) and Adam Pendleton (Pace) whose monumental Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter) (2015–18) will be planted on the bank of NYC Parks’ Randall’s Island for six months, from May 1 to November 1. Find out more.

What is the Frieze Artist Award?
Curated by Adrienne Edwards (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; recently appointed Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), the Frieze Artist Award is an international open call for an emerging artist to realize a major site-specific work at Frieze New York. Kapwani Kiwanga is the inaugural winner of the Frieze Artist Award 2018. The Paris-based artist will realize an open-air installation, exploring freedom of movement and architectures of exclusion, in Randall’s Island Park. Forming part of the fair’s non-profit program, the Frieze Artist Award is supported by the Luma Foundation.

How is Frieze Projects New York funded?
Frieze has received funding from a number of sources and specific areas of the program receive sponsorship. For example in 2012 Mulberry sponsored the Frieze Projects and since 2012 Frieze Sounds has been produced in association with BMW.

What is Frieze Talks?
Frieze Talks are a daily program of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions featuring leading writers and artists. In 2018, Frieze Talks were organized by Tom Eccles and Amy Zion (Bard College, NewYork).

Does Frieze produce any publications to accompany the fair?
Launched at Frieze New York in 2016, Frieze Week magazine celebrates the richness of the fair as well as the simultaneous surge of cultural events that take place across the city. The magazine is available for free at the fair.

How do I get to the fair?
Frieze New York is located in Randall’s Island Park (google map).

  • East 35th Street Frieze Ferry service, on the East River, every 30 minutes, taking 20 minutes.
  • Frieze Bus service departs from outside the Guggenheim Museum on 88th Street, at the corner of 5th Avenue.
  • Frieze ferry and bus services run from 30 minutes before and after fair opening hours.
  • No self-parking is available on Randall’s Island. Handicap parking spaces are available for correctly permitted vehicles. There will be very limited valet parking. A free cellphone lot for chauffeured cars will also be available. Please note, space is very limited and drivers need to stay with the cars.
  • Taxis, Ubers and black cars can drop and collect passengers at both North and South entrances. 15 minutes from the Upper East Side, 30 minutes from Chelsea. Follow the signs once on Randall's Island. We recommend downloading a local car service app.

The East 35th St Frieze Ferry service and Frieze Bus service are highly recommended and tickets should be purchased in advance.

Where can I eat and drink at Frieze New York?
Visitors can enjoy New York City’s most talked-about restaurants including many returning Frieze favorites Court Street Grocers, Frankies Spuntino, Roberta’s and TYME Fast Food, alongside new additions The Fat Radish, Gertie, Foul Witch by Blanca, Black Fox Coffee and Café Artois. Ruinart returns for the third year as the official Champagne Partner, and LIFEWTR is the official water for Frieze New York. 

If I cannot get to New York is there any part of the fair that I can still enjoy?
Our website offers details of all Frieze programming. For updates on Frieze New York 2017, follow @friezeartfair on Instagram and Twitter, become a fan on Facebook and sign up to the Frieze e-newsletter.

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Kapwani Kiwanga with Shady (2018), her commission for the Frieze Artist Award at Frieze New York 2018, supported by Luma Foundation. Photo: Mark Blower. Courtesy: Mark Blower/Frieze

As her commission for the first Frieze Artist Award in New York is unveiled, Kapwani Kiwanga speaks to curator Adrienne Edwards

Brooklyn Museum curators, Brooklyn Museum Director Anne Pasternak and PepsiCo’s Olga Osminkina with the LIFEWTR Fund acquisition at Weiss Berlin Gallery, Frieze New York 2018. Photo: Fernando Villela. Courtesy: Frieze Fairs

Acquired via the LIFEWTR Fund at Frieze New York, the work will appear in the acclaimed touring survey’s NYC iteration this September