Frieze Talks Explores the Written Word

Curators Tom Eccles and Amy Zion take a literary theme for 2018

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Frieze Talks New York brings today’s most forward-thinking artists, thinkers and cultural figures to Randall’s Island Park for intimate panels, conversations and addresses.


Amy Zion

Amy Zion

Curated for 2018 by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York) and Amy Zion (curator, New York), this year’s program explores the written word. 


Portrait of Tom EcclesPhotograph: Liam Gillick

Portrait of Tom Eccles
Photograph: Liam Gillick

This builds on a strong tradition of authors, poets and novelists participating in Frieze Talks New York, from Lydia Davis to Ben Lerner to Claudia Rankine, who spoke at Frieze New York 2017 with artist and choreographer Will Rawls.

Part of the fair’s non-profit program, Frieze Talks New York has since its inception hosted speakers including: Paul McCarthy, Douglas Crimp, Lydia Davis, Georges Didi-Huberman, Casey Jane Ellison, Okwui Enwezor, Hal Foster, Thelma Golden, Kenneth Goldsmith, Chrissie Iles, Joan Jonas, Mark Leckey, Dr, Arnold Lehman, Zoe Leonard, Jason Moran, Joshua Oppenheimer, Pussy Riot, David Remnick, Jerry Saltz, Allan Sekula and Robert Storr. 

Full details of Frieze Talks New York 2018 will be announced soon. Meanwhile, explore the full archive of Frieze Talks New York — including podcasts of every talk — online here.

Tickets for Frieze New York 2018 are available here.

Listen to Claudia Rankine at Frieze Talks New York 2017 below: 

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