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Frieze Sculpture in New York: A New Public Art Initiative at Rockefeller Center

Launching April to June 2019, the New York edition of Frieze Sculpture will be curated by Brett Littman and presented with world’s leading galleries

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! -Loring Randolph (Artistic Director)

Loring Randolph (Frieze), Brett Littman (Curator), Michaella Solar-March (Rockefeller Center)

From left: Loring Randolph (Frieze), Brett Littman (Curator), Michaella Solar-March (Rockefeller Center)

Today Frieze New York announces the launch of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, created in partnership with Tishman Speyer, to be held annually at New York’s historic Rockefeller Center. Curator Brett Littman (Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York) will oversee the new public outdoor display, which will open the week of April 23 in the lead-up to Frieze New York and will remain open through the end of June 2019.

Rockefeller Center was conceived by John D. Rockefeller as a “city within a city” and a “mecca for lovers of art.” Each day, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors pass through its public spaces, where some of the world’s most recognizable artworks include the Prometheus and Atlas sculptures, and Jose Maria Sert and Sir Frank Brangwyn’s majestic murals at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, as well as, fittingly, Isamu Noguchi’s News (1940), commissioned for the Associated Press building. For the launch edition of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, Brett Littman will select and place contemporary sculpture across the landmark site, presented with world-leading galleries. The full list of participating galleries and artists will be announced in the Spring.

“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 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.” -Brett Littman, Curator

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