The sixth edition of Frieze New York brings together more than 200 leading galleries from 31 countries, showcasing ambitious presentations and new commissions by today’s most significant international artists from emerging talents to 20th-century masters. Supported by global lead partner Deutsch Bank for the sixth consecutive year, the fair takes place at Randall’s Island Park from May 5 through 7, 2017, with an invitation-only preview on Thursday, May 4.
With galleries joining from six continents, including first-time exhibitors from Brazil, Guatemala, Japan and Poland, the fair illuminates the aesthetic, political and historical concerns driving contemporary practice around the world.
Alongside its main section, Frieze New York features three special platforms that ensure a diverse representation of artistic practices from across the globe:
Spotlight: Curated for the first time by Toby Kamps (The Menil Collection, Houston) and expanding to 31 galleries, Spotlight brings together solo artist presentations revealing foundational moments in art history since 1960, showcasing new research into artists from emerging countries, as well as rarely seen work by iconic figures of the avant-garde.
Frame: Advised by Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago) and Fabian Schöneich (Portikus, Frankfurt), Frame grows increasingly international this year, featuring 17 emerging galleries from 13 countries. A section for experimentation, Frame brings together solo presentations by today’s most exciting new artists.
Focus: A platform that subsidizes today’s strongest young galleries to showcase their programs in stands throughout the fair, Focus will feature 28 galleries from Mumbai to Rio de Janeiro.
Frieze Stand Prizes
A Frieze Stand Prize will be awarded to outstanding presentations in two categories: the first specifically to a gallery under 12 years of age, and the second for an exceptional gallery taking part in any section of the fair. The prizes will be awarded by a leading jury of museum directors and curators and will be announced on Thursday, May 4.
Supported by Stella Artois, the Frame Prize is dedicated to the most deserving presentation in the Frame section. The winner will be selected by a leading jury of emerging art experts. The Frame Prize will be announced on Friday, May 5.
Tom Eccles (Bard College, New York) returns as curator of Frieze Talks, bringing together leading cultural figures including Shuddhabrata Sengupta of Raqs Media Collective, poet Claudia Rankine and MoMA’s Ann Temkin to deepen discussion of the themes of activism and influences of modernism also seen across the fair.
Frieze Talks takes place daily at 11:30am at Stand H1, next to the Ruinart Lounge at Frieze New York from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. Access to Frieze Talks is included in all admission tickets. The complete schedule is available at frieze.com.
Symposium in collaboration with the Getty and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
For the first time, Frieze will present a major symposium in New York City during Frieze Week. In collaboration with the Getty and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, the symposium on Friday, May 5 will raise discussion on topics related to Latin American and Latino Art featured in the upcoming edition of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”. For further information and tickets please visit frieze.com.
Non-profits at the Fair
Frieze has invited three non-profit art spaces and organizations to present their programs at Frieze New York. This year’s participants include the Donald Judd Foundation, SculptureCenter and White Columns.
The Frieze Projects program at Frieze New York 2017 will feature seven commissions, curated by Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York & Italian Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia 2017). Inside the fair and around Randall’s Island Park, Dora Budor, Elaine Cameron-Weir and Jon Rafman will create ambitious, interactive and site-specific artworks that question the act of watching and being watched. This year’s tribute to a groundbreaking arts space is dedicated to Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome and its experimental exhibition Il Teatro delle Mostre (1968). The tribute space will change daily, with restagings of two pioneering projects by Giosetta Fioroni and Fabio Mauri, alternated with new commissions by Ryan McNamara and Adam Pendleton.
The Reading Room
Returning for a second year, the Reading Room offers visitors the opportunity to meet writers, editors and artists in book signings and presentations, hosted by the world’s leading arts and lifestyle publications. Daily event details can be found at frieze.com
Launching for the first time at Frieze New York, Frieze Bespoke is an exclusive opportunity for those interested in collecting art to explore the fair accompanied by an independent art specialist. Each tour lasts approximately two hours, with itineraries including starting a collection; an introduction to Latin American art; a survey of iconic 20th-century figures; and emerging talents. For further information, please visit friezebespoke.com.
Eating and drinking at Frieze
Visitors can enjoy New York City’s most talked-about restaurants including many returning Frieze favorites Court Street Grocers, Marlow & Sons, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, Sant Ambroeus, Frankies Spuntino and Roberta’s; plus new additions Café Altro Paradiso, Russ & Daughters and TYME Fast Food. Ruinart returns for the second year as the official Champagne Partner for Frieze New York.
Supported by Deutsche Bank, the Frieze Education program, reaches hundreds of students annually, with onsite programming for school groups visiting Frieze New York, and the Frieze Teens program, which engages a group of teenagers throughout the year—exposing them to different careers within contemporary art. The Frieze Teens lead student group tours of the fair and create a free interactive guide, the Frieze Young Person’s Guide to the Fair, a resource for all youth visiting Frieze New York.
Frieze Week magazine
The second New York edition of Frieze Week magazine offers a companion to the wealth of art and activity taking place at the fair and across the city during Frieze New York, including complete fair gallery listings for browsing. Available at frieze.com and onsite at the fair.
Frieze Week gallery openings
Lower East Side and SoHo Morning (Friday, May 5), Upper East Side & Harlem Morning (Saturday, May 6) and Chelsea Night (Saturday, May 6) are open to all. For full listings please see frieze.com.