Frieze New York

Randall's Island Park

Preview Days May 2–3, Public Days May 4–6, 2018


When is Frieze New York 2018?
The fair will be open to the public from May 3-6. An invitation-only Preview will be held on Wednesday, 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.

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, Loring Randolph (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 feature sections: Frame, LiveSpotlight, and a new themed section for 2018, 
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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 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 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 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 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, such as Uber.

The East 35th St Frieze Ferry service ($19 round-trip) and Frieze Bus service ($8 round-trip) are highly recommended and tickets should be purchased in advance. Booking fees apply.

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

‘Music’ excerpt from Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara. Used by permission of City Lights Books. Photography: Clément Pascal

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Kapwani Kiwanga, Flowers for Africa: Tunisia, 2015, protocol of assembly and display to guide the reconstruction of a floral arrangement consisting of cut flowers, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris. Collection of th

Hallie Ringle of the Studio Museum looks forward to the debut Frieze Artist Award at Frieze New York 2018

Zoe Leonard, Untitled, 1989/2008, gelatin silver print, 47 × 33 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

Works by Martha Wilson and Zoe Leonard at Frieze New York 2018 excite the Guggenheim’s Nancy Spector

Pierre Huyghe, L'Expédition Scintillante, Act 2 (light show), 2002, installation view. Photograph: Marcus J. Leith. Collection Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), Spain

Solo booths at Frieze New York 2018 see galleries showcase the most exciting and influential artists in the world today

Loring Randolph. Portrait: Bobby Doherty. Courtesy: Bobby Doherty/Frieze

Loring Randolph explains how a decade’s experience as a gallerist in New York informs her vision for Frieze

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, I See Red: Indian Hand, 1992. Mixed media on canvas, 183 x 183 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado anticipates an insightful grouping of American painters at Frieze New York 2018

Kemang Wa Lehulere, Matric 2015, 2018. Salvaged school desks (wood), piano hammers, shoelaces, glass bottles, sand, paper, ribbon. Dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town

Creative Time’s Elvira Dyangani Ose looks forward to the work of Kemang Wa Lehulere at Frieze New York

Rosemary Laing, Rose of Australia, 2017. Archival pigment print, 100 x 200 cm. Courtesy: Galerie Lelong & Co., New York © Rosemary Laing

Brooklyn Museum’s Catherine Morris discusses two galleries’ approaches to social issues at Frieze New York

Virginia Jaramillo with the work selected for the Frieze Brooklyn Museum Fund, Untitled (1971)

The LIFEWTR Fund will support the acquisition of a significant work for the Brooklyn Museum

The program takes a literary turn with a focus on some of today’s most searching writers

Frieze New York 2018 Restaurants

Visit pop-ups of New York's most talked-about restaurants at the fair

Tom of Finland, Untitled (Preparatory Drawing), 1989. Graphite on paper, 21 x 30cm. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

The Matthew Higgs-curated section sees galleries pay homage to a colleague who championed the uncategorizable