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Frieze New York Announces 2018 Exhibitors and Program Highlights


Frieze New York Announces Exhibitors and Highlights for 2018, Including New Curated Section, Performance Program, Artist Award and Architectural Redesign

Randall’s Island Park, May 4–6 2018

Frieze New York Announces Exhibitors and Highlights for 2018, Including New Curated Section, Performance Program, Artist Award and Architectural Redesign

Randall’s Island Park, May 4–6 2018

Frieze New York will take place in Randall’s Island Park from May 4 – 6, 2018, with Preview Days on May 2 and 3. Featuring more than 190 galleries from 30 countries, Frieze New York 2018 showcases an extraordinary cross-section of work by international artists, from newly discovered talents to the most influential figures of the 20th century. Introducing new programs, curators and a fresh layout for its seventh edition, Frieze New York is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

Led by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and newly appointed Artistic Director Loring Randolph, Frieze New York builds on its commitment to innovation and showcasing boundary-pushing practice, with new programs led by international curators from major institutions. For the first time, the New York edition will feature Live, a platform for performances, installations and interactive projects throughout the fair, curated by Adrienne Edwards (Performa, New York / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis). Edwards will additionally curate the Frieze Artist Award – an international open call for an emerging artist to realize a site-specific work – which launches at Frieze New York 2018, supported by the LUMA Foundation. The fair will feature its first-ever themed section, curated by Matthew Higgs (White Columns, New York), paying homage to Hudson’s Feature Inc. gallery in New York, which supported the careers of many pioneering artists in the 1980s and ‘90s. Curators Andrew Bonacina (The Hepworth, Wakefield) and Laura McLean-Ferris (Swiss Institute, New York) – who takes over from Ruba Katrib (MoMA PS1, New York) – will advise ambitious solo shows by 19 emerging galleries in Frame; and Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston) returns as curator of Spotlight, a section dedicated to 20th-century pioneers which expands to 35 presentations this year.

The seventh edition will offer a heightened visitor experience with a new layout and design by Universal Design Studio. On arrival, visitors will notice relocated entrances creating an enhanced journey through the fair. Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs, said,“This year’s exhibitor list combines the strongest galleries in the world with the most interesting young galleries from New York and beyond, so Frieze New York promises a diverse range of work from the blue-chip to new discoveries. Alongside this, the contributions of leading curators including Adrienne Edwards and Matthew Higgs make this an unmissable event. Loring Randolph, the new Artistic Director of the fair, and I have worked closely with Universal Design Studio on a new look for the fair and this will make the seventh edition a fresh and exciting experience. Following record museum and collector attendance last year, we look forward to building on the fair’s reputation as a vital international and commercial hub.”

Leading Platform for Galleries Across the Americas and the World

Providing vital insight into artistic practice worldwide and across art history, Frieze New York will bring together top-tier international programs and growing participation from New York and West Coast galleries. Returning galleries include Acquavella Galleries, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Marian Goodman Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Matthew Marks Gallery, Skarstedt, Sprüth Magers and David Zwirner; alongside exciting young galleries such as Bridget Donahue, David Lewis and Simone Subal (all New York) with newcomers from across North America including Essex Street, JTT (both New York), Château Shatto (Los Angeles) and Regards (Chicago).

Galleries from five continents and 30 countries will include international programs Massimo de Carlo and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac as well as Goodman Gallery ( Johannesburg) and The Modern Institute (Glasgow) who all return to the main section; plus new galleries from Hungary, Iran and Japan with the first-time participation of Vintage Galéria (Budapest), Dastan’s Basement (Tehran) and Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Tokyo). Strong representation from Central and South America also continues this year with returning galleries A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro), Mendes Wood DM (São Paulo), Galería Jaqueline Martins (both São Paulo), Instituto de Visión (Bogotá) and Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City) alongside newcomers Luis Adelantado (Mexico City) and Galeria Nora Fisch (Buenos Aires), among many others.

Loring Randolph, Artistic Director for the Americas added, “Frieze New York 2018 is full of innovation, from a new layout to new content and exhibitors, including an exceptional number of galleries from New York and the West Coast. One of the unique advantages that we have as a fair is the continued practice of constructing our own environment. This affords us the opportunity to try new architectures. In my past experience, artists and gallerists regularly redesign their gallery spaces as part of the exhibition process. It is with this spirit in mind that we hope the new fair layout will be fresh and exciting, and in support of visitors, artists and galleries alike. In addition to this year’s exceptional gallery presentations, our expanded programming brings a new dimension to the stimulating experience of the fair – including Adrienne Edwards’s new Live program, themed around street performance and protest marches, and our Talks program led by Bard College’s Tom Eccles and Amy Zion, focusing on the power of the written word.”

New Themed Section for 2018: For Your Infotainment

Hudson and Feature Inc.

Curated by Matthew Higgs (White Columns, New York), the fair’s first-ever themed section will be dedicated to the legacy of the dealer Hudson (1950-2014) and his seminal New York and Chicago-based gallery Feature Inc. Fiercely independent, Hudson ignored wider art trends, instead choosing to show the original, esoteric and the overlooked in an intimate and personable gallery space. This section will feature seminal artists who received their gallery debuts or had a long history at Feature Inc. in the 1980s and ‘90s, including Tom of Finland, Tom Friedman, Takashi Murakami and Raymond Pettibon. Together these solo presentations will celebrate the continuing legacy of Hudson in the work of his artists; and represent the pioneering contribution of galleries, not only to their respective communities but to art history. The recently launched non- profit Feature Hudson Foundation (FHF) will also have a presence in the section. Further details will be announced soon.

Live: Launching at Frieze New York 2018

Curated by Adrienne Edwards (Performa, New York / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), the new Live program invites galleries (who will pay no fees for participation) to present performances and interactive projects throughout the fair. The program will be themed around street performance and protest marches, spanning historical and contemporary works. Full details will be announced soon.

New for 2018: Frieze Artist Award, supported by LUMA Foundation

Launching in New York for the first time, the Frieze Artist Award is an international open call for an emerging artist to realize a major site-specific work at Frieze New York. Judged by Liam Gillick (artist), Eungie Joo (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Pablo León de la Barra (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York) and curator Adrienne Edwards, the winning commission will be announced soon. The Frieze Artist Award forms part of the fair’s non-profit program and is supported by the LUMA Foundation.

New for 2018: Allied Editions

Taking part in Frieze New York for the first time, Allied Editions is a collective of non-profit institutions offering visitors the opportunity to purchase affordable artworks by prominent artists. At this year’s fair, Artists Space, CCS Bard, SculptureCenter and Triple Canopy (all New York) will partner with Camden Art Centre, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery and Studio Voltaire (all London) to present specially commissioned works by international artists from as little as $120. New editions will launch exclusively at Frieze and fair ticket buyers will receive 5% off selected editions bought onsite. Proceeds directly support the organizations’ exhibition and education programs.

Further Presentation Highlights and Programs

An overview of key themes and presentations of Frieze New York 2018 follows below, spanning the main section, Focus (galleries aged 12 years or younger), Spotlight (20th-century artist pioneers) and Frame (galleries aged eight years or younger). Additional details will be announced over the coming months.

The World’s Most Exciting and Influential Artists

Once again, the fair will build on its history of special presentations, with international galleries devising ambitious shows by their most significant artists.

Solo presentations by artists featuring in international exhibitions will include:

  • Zoe Leonard (Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, main), coinciding with the artist’s Whitney Museum (New York) career survey; David Hockney (Pace, New York, main), following the artist’s major retrospective at Museum of Modern Art (New York), Betye Saar (Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, Spotlight) following her solo show at Fondazione Prada (Milan) and ahead of “Soul of a Nation” at Brooklyn Museum (New York); Kemang Wa Lehulere (Stevenson, Cape Town, main), the recent subject of a solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Cerith Wyn Evans (Marian Goodman Gallery, main) following the artist’s Tate Britain Commission (London, 2017) and solo exhibition at Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich, 2017).

Curated shows in the main section exploring urgent contemporary questions will include:

  • A new project on the Vietnam War by Matthew Brannon (Casey Kaplan, New York);
  • P.P.O.W’s (New York) stand of pioneering women artists, Dotty Attie, Carolee Schneemann, Betty Tompkins and Martha Wilson;
  • Henrique Faria’s (New York) exhibition “Do Ask, Do Tell: Male Homoerotic Art from Latin America” featuring Carlos Motta and Hudinilson Jr., among others;
  • Taro Nasu’s (Tokyo) “The Age of New Phantasmagoria” exploring perception in the age of virtual and augmented realities, with Koichi Enomoto, Djordje Ozbolt and Simon Fujiwara; and
  • Chi-Wen Gallery’s (Taipei) group show looking at environmental issues, from global warming to natural disaster and nuclear contamination

20th-century art contextualizing contemporary practice will include:

  • Galerie Daniel Blau’s (Munich) solo presentation of Andy Warhol, including key photographic sources;
  • Castelli Gallery (New York) with significant works by pioneering US artists Richard Artschwager, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Sonnier;
  • The Mayor Gallery (London) with a solo by François Morellet (1926- 2016), French painter, sculptor, and light artist– following his survey exhibition at Dia:Chelsea and Dia:Beacon (New York);
  • Michael Rosenfeld Gallery (New York) with a group show of female artists experimenting in collage and assemblage: Hannelore Baron, Mary Bauermiester, Claire Falkenstein, Nancy Grossman, Betye Saar and Lenore Tawney
  • Robert Motherwell, Sam Francis and Henri Matisse alongside new work by Pierre Soulages and Bruce McLean (among others) presented by Bernard Jacobson (London)

Frame: Solo Presentations by Emerging Galleries

19 galleries aged eight years or younger, from Los Angeles to Shanghai and Berlin, will present ambitious solo shows by artists working at the vanguard of contemporary practice. Advised for the first time by Andrew Bonacina (The Hepworth, Wakefield) and Laura McLean-Ferris (Swiss Institute, New York) who is taking over from Ruba Katrib (MoMA PS1, New York), highlights include:

  • New York-based artist Van Hanos’s “Late American Paintings”, exploring history painting in our current political moment (with Château Shatto, Los Angeles);
  • A new sculptural installation by Tau Lewis, who creates simulations of living organisms to investigate black identity politics and the African diaspora (Cooper Cole, Toronto);
  • An immersive sound installation by Los Angeles-based artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, whose sonic work was recently featured in “Soundtracks” at SFMOMA (Empty Gallery, Hong Kong);
  • New wall works and sculptures by Timothée Calame, following the artist’s solo show at New York’s Swiss Institute (Édouard Montassut, Paris)
  • Christopher Aque’s new video installation, questioning our relationships with the structures of power and desire (Regards, Chicago)
  • New landscape paintings by Gracie DeVito, inspired by a painting marathon in the Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island (Tif Sigfrids, Los Angeles);
  • A site-specific painting installation by Norwegian, Berlin-based artist Tyra Tingleff (The Sunday Painter, London); and
  • New video, sculpture and performance by Julie Béna, known for her environments inspired by literature, film, theatre and popular culture ( Joseph Tang, Paris)

Spotlight: Visionary Artists and Radical Work since 1960

Opening up new perspectives on recent art history, Spotlight continues to expand its scope, with a record 35 presentations. Curator Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston) said: “Each booth in Spotlight showcases a pioneering 20th-century artist who, for reasons of gender, geography or non-conformity, has been historically overlooked. Also including rare bodies of work by established figures, there are many highlights this year:

  • The persistence of African traditions in the Americas is shown in American feminist artist Bettye Saar’s collage works and in the abstract forms of Brazilian sculptor and Egungun priest Mestre Didi;
  • Japanese artists Kazuyo Kinoshita, Atsuko Tanaka, Keiji Uematsu and Eiji Uematsu, reach for new and iconoclastic forms of expression in the postwar period;
  • Paul Kos and William Leavitt invent playful and irreverent forms of Conceptual Art, as does their East Coast counterpart Bill Beckley;
  • Pop Art takes radically different forms on both sides of the Atlantic in the work of the American painter Allan D’Arcangelo, British filmmaker and collage artist Jeff Keen, and Spanish photographer and object maker Dario Villalba; plus,
  • Artists who resist categorization: from Billy Al Bengston’s psychedelic ‘moondoggie’ series from the 1980s to Emma Amos’s depiction of African American subjects in ways that deconstruct ideas of race, gender, and art history itself.”

Additional Frieze Programs and Initiatives

Frieze Talks

Part of Frieze’s non-profit program and featuring today’s most forward-thinking artists, thinkers and cultural figures, Frieze Talks is curated by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York). This year’s program explores the written word and full details will be announced soon.

The Reading Room

Returning for a third year, the Reading Room brings together the world’s leading arts publications.

Eating and Drinking at Frieze

Visitors can enjoy New York City’s most talked-about restaurants including many returning Frieze favorites Café Altro Paradiso, Court Street Grocers, Frankies Spuntino, Roberta’s and TYME Fast Food. Ruinart returns for the third year as the official Champagne Partner for Frieze New York.

Frieze Week in New York

New York’s diverse community of galleries, institutions and arts organizations present some of their most ambitious projects during Frieze week (April 30 – May 8, 2018) – forming a major moment in the international art world calendar including:

  • “Zoe Leonard: Survey” at the Whitney Museum of American Art;
  • Danh Vo at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum;
  • “Radical Women: Latin American Art” at the Brooklyn Museum; and
  • “Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)” at The Met Breuer

Frieze Education

The Frieze Teens program launched this fall for the fifth consecutive year, bringing underserved New York City high school students from all five boroughs together with international artists and industry leaders. Exploring careers in the art world, Frieze Teens take part in a combination of studio visits, writing workshops and professional seminars with artists and institutions including Jordan Castille and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Students will develop an art guide for their peers, as well as lead tours for visiting school groups to Frieze New York. Frieze Education is supported by Deutsche Bank for the seventh consecutive year.


In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze New York partners with BMW, the Financial Times and Official Champagne Ruinart. The Frieze Artist Award is supported by LUMA Foundation.

Hours, Location, and Admissions

Frieze New York 2018 is open:

Wednesday, May 2, Preview

Thursday, May 3, Preview

Friday May 4, 11am – 7pm

Saturday May 5, 11am – 6pm

Sunday May 6, 11am – 6pm

Frieze New York is located in Randall’s Island Park, situated on the East River between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, with dedicated ferry services, valet, and general parking. Frieze New York is also accessible by public transit via the M35 bus, which is a quick ride from 125th street in Harlem (and an easy transfer from the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, B, D, A, and C trains, as well as the Metro North commuter rail).

Tickets for Frieze New York 2018 are available at frieze.com.

Further Information

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