Frieze New York is an international contemporary art fair that launched in May 2012. In 2015 the fair includes over 190 of the world’s leading galleries, making Frieze New York 2015 the company’s largest event to date. Like Frieze London, Frieze New York is housed in a bespoke temporary structure, suffused with natural light. The fair is located in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.


When is Frieze New York?
In 2015, the fair will be open to the public May 14–17. An invitation-only preview day will be held on May 13.

How do I get a ticket for the fair?
Tickets for Frieze New York can be purchased from February each year, online at friezenewyork.com using a credit or debit card.

What makes Frieze New York different from other art fairs?
Frieze New York is one of the few fairs to focus on contemporary art and living artists. The exhibiting galleries represent the most exciting artists working today from around the globe. The focus on contemporary artists is also evident in Frieze Projects, New York, a program of talks and artist commissions presented at the fair. Frieze New York is housed in a bespoke temporary structure, which is located 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?
Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover are the founders and directors of Frieze New York. In 2016, Victoria Siddall (currently Director of Frieze Masters and Frieze London) will take over as as Director of Frieze New York, to oversee all three Frieze art fairs.

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 2015 the Frieze New York committee members are:

Miguel Abreu (Miguel Abreu Gallery), Jeanne Greenberg (Salon 94), David Kordansky (David Kordansky Gallery), Matthew Wood (Mendes Wood DM), Marc Payot (Hauser & Wirth), Andrzej Przywara (Foksal Gallery Foundation) and Esther Schipper (Esther Schipper).

What is Frieze Projects, New York?
Frieze Projects is a program of artists’ commissions realized annually at Frieze New York. In 2014 it was curated by Cecilia Alemani, she also curated the 2013 and 2012 programs. Frieze Projects New York is a non-profit organization, which was established in 2011, a year ahead of the inaugural edition of Frieze New York. Frieze Projects New York oversees: Frieze Talks, a program of panel discussions and lectures which take place during the four days of the fair; Frieze Projects, a curated program of site-specific projects by artists in and around the fair and Frieze Sounds.

What is Frieze Talks?
Frieze Talks are a daily program of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions featuring leading art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists. In 2014 Frieze Talks was organized by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NewYork) and Christy Lange (Associate Editor, frieze, Berlin).

What is Frieze Sounds?
Frieze Sounds is a series of audio commissions curated by Cecilia Alemani. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 the series was produced in association with BMW. Frieze Sounds 2014 were premiered in the VIP cars at Frieze New York. The works were also accessible via a listening station inside the fair and streamed online at friezenewyork.com.

How is Frieze New York organized?
Frieze New York is made up of the main gallery section, and three specialist sections: Frame, Focus and Spotlight.

What is Focus?
Galleries included in Focus at Frieze New York are selected on the basis of a proposed solo stand or curated project, specifically conceived for the fair. The galleries taking part in Focus will have opened in or after 2003 and debut works not previously seen within an art fair context.

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 2015 Frame advisors are Zurich-based curator and art writer Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor who is a Chicago-based curator, writer and editor. Previous Frame advisors include Tim Saltarelli, a curator and writer based in New York and curator, editor and art writer Rodrigo Moura.

What is Spotlight?
The 2015 edition of Frieze New York will introduce Spotlight, a section for solo artist presentations of work made in the 20th Century, with a special focus on work made after 1960. Previously, Spotlight has been a section of the Frieze Masters fair in London, since its opening in 2012.

Who is the Spotlight advisor?

Adriano Pedrosa is the Spotlight advisor. Pedrosa is an independent curator, editor and writer based in São Paulo, Brazil. 

Does Frieze produce any publications to accompany the fair?
The Frieze New York Catalogue is an essential guide to international contemporary art. Inside, highly respected critics profile over 170 acclaimed international artists, from the best emerging talents to well-known and established names. This fully illustrated publication also features interviews with Frieze Projects artists. The catalogue’s clear and comprehensive directory details every gallery exhibiting at Frieze New York and the artists they represent. The Frieze New York Catalogue is available to buy online at friezenewyork.com from April of each year.

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.

How do I get to the fair?
Frieze organizes a frequent shuttle service from the Upper East Side, a 10-minute journey. Access from downtown is via the FDR, just over the Triboro Bridge at 125th Street. Taxis and car services are an easy option for delivery or pick up. Randall’s Island has paid parking for 1,300 cars. A valet service is also available. A ferry service will also run from Randall’s Island to the east 34–35th Streets ferry port. The journey takes 20 minutes.

Where can I eat and drink at Frieze New York?
Frieze New York offers a choice of eating and drinking options. 2014 brought together some of New York’s most exciting eateries with an emphasis on locally-sourced and seasonal food. Blue Bottle Coffee, Court Street Grocers, Furanku, Frankies Spuntino, Marlow & Sons, Mission Cantina, Momofuku Milk Bar, Roberta’s and The Fat Radish all took part in the 2014 edition of the fair.

If I cannot get to New York is there any part of the fair that I can still enjoy?
Our website friezenewyork.com offers details of all Frieze Projects, Frieze Talks and Frieze Sounds. Frieze New York also publishes a comprehensive guide to contemporary art the Frieze New York Catalog, which is available from mid-April and can be ordered online at frieze.com or purchased from all good bookshops. For updates on Frieze New York 2015, follow @friezenewyork on twitter, become a fan on Facebook and sign up to the Frieze email newsletter at frieze.com.

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