Frieze New York

Randall's Island Park

May 5 – 7, 2017


When is Frieze New York?
In 2017, the fair will be open to the public from May 5-7. An invitation-only Preview Day will be held on Thursday, May 4.

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

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, 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?
In 2016, Victoria Siddall (currently Director of Frieze Masters and Frieze London) took over as Director of Frieze New York, and now oversees all three Frieze art fairs. Victoria is supported by a team of Artistic Directors, Abby Bangser (Americas & Asia) and Joanna Stella-Sawicka (Europe, Middle East, Russia and Africa). 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 2017 the Frieze New York committee members were: Miguel Abreu (Miguel Abreu Gallery), Jeanne Greenberg (Salon 94), 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 three feature sections: Frame, Focus and Spotlight.

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.

What is Focus?
Galleries included in Focus 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 around or after 2004 and will show their programs in stands throughout the fair

Who are the Frame advisors?
The Frieze New York 2017 Frame and Focus advisors are Fabian Schöneich (Curator of Portikus in Frankfurt) and Jacob Proctor (Curator at Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago).

What is Spotlight?
Following its acclaimed debut in 2015, the 2017 edition of Frieze New York will feature Spotlight, a section for solo artist presentations 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. Previously, Spotlight has been a section of the Frieze Masters fair in London, since its opening in 2012.

Who is the Spotlight advisor?
Toby Kamps is the curatorial advisor to Spotlight. As Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, Kamps has organized solo exhibitions by artists including Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Vanessa Beecroft, Danny Lyon, Wols (Wolfgang Schulze) and Torolab, a Tijuana design collective. 

What is the Stand Prize?
The Frieze Stand Prize has been awarded to two outstanding presentations in the main section at the fair. In keeping with Frieze's support of younger galleries, one of the prizes was awarded to a gallery less than 12 years of age. The winners of the Stand Prize 2016 were Galerie Gisela Capitain (Cologne) and Instituto de Visión (Bogotá), judged the most innovative stands at the fair. The prize was judged by an international panel of curators: Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum, Porto, Reto Thüring, Curator of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Phillipe Pirotte, Curator, la Biennale de Montréal 2016 and, Director of Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main.

What is the Reading Room?
A space introduced in 2016, the Reading Room, offers visitors the opportunity to browse and buy a curated selection of the world’s best arts publications, and attend an exciting daily schedule of events.

What is Frieze Projects New York?
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 and Frieze Sounds, a curated program of site-specific projects by artists realized annually at the fair, both curated by Cecilia Alemani (Director, High Line Art, New York).

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 art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists. In 2016, Frieze Talks were organized by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, 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 purchase online, in advance of the fair; with a ticket to Frieze New York; and at the fair.

How do I get to the fair?
Frieze New York is located in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan (google map). 2016 saw the introduction of a new fast ferry service from E90th street (running Wednesday through Friday), in addition to services from E35th Street and the Frieze bus from the Guggenheim.

  • New: East 90th Street fast ferry service every 10 minutes, taking only 5 minutes to the fair (Thursday and Friday only). Please note, the ferry dock access is via Carl Schurz Park and has stepped access from East 89th Street or step-free access from East 84th Street.​
  • East 90th Street ferry services run from 15 minutes before and after fair opening hours.
  • East 35th Street ferry service every 30 minutes, taking 20 minutes (daily).
  • East 35th Street ferry services run from 30 minutes before and after fair opening hours.
  • Frieze buses depart every 10 minutes from the Guggenheim Museum at the intersection of 88th St and 5th Avenue (daily).
  • 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 for $50 per day. 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 cars can drop and collect passengers both at North and South Entrances. 15 minutes from the Upper East Side, 30 minutes from Chelsea. Uber is our on demand black car partner, see their transportation app.

The Frieze ferry ($19 round-trip) and bus services ($8 round-trip) are highly recommended and tickets should be purchased in advance.

Where can I eat and drink at Frieze New York?
Frieze New York offers a choice of eating and drinking options, with an emphasis on locally sourced and seasonal food. In 2016, visitors enjoyed New York’s best-loved eateries including Frankies Spuntino, Marlow & Sons and Roberta’s Pizza.

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 Talks and Frieze Projects. Frieze New York also publishes a comprehensive guide to contemporary art at the fair and beyond, in Frieze Week magazine, which is available from mid-April and can be ordered online at or purchased from all good bookshops. 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.

Latest Frieze New York

Alfredo Jaar, Be Afraid of the Enormity of the Possible, 2015 , neon, 121 x 183 cm. Courtesy: Galerie Lelong, New York. © Alfredo Jaar

Leading curators select some stand-out presentations at Frieze New York 2017


Daniel J. Martinez, Museum Tags: Second Movement (Overture) or Overture con Claque—Overture with Hired Audience Members, 1993. Courtesy: Courtesy Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica

The evolution of the Whitney Biennial, an American institution

Frieze Teens visit 'Kerry James Marshall' at the MET Breuer, 2016

Frieze Education 2017 gives young New Yorkers inspiration for future careers in art 

Toby Ziegler, Oracle, 2017. Courtesy: the artist, ARTUNER and Cassina Projects

From video installation to 3D printing, the young collector and patron offers his insights

Returning May 5-7, 2017 with a Preview on Thursday, May 4