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Frieze New York Announces Highlights and Programs for 2018


Seventh Edition to Feature New Curated Sections and Programs Showcasing Influential and Emerging Artists, Performances, Installations, Artist Award Commission, Museum Fund, and Architectural Redesign, in Randall’s Island Park

Seventh Edition to Feature New Curated Sections and Programs Showcasing Influential and Emerging Artists, Performances, Installations, Artist Award Commission, Museum Fund, and Architectural Redesign, in Randall’s Island Park

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 practices, 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 (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; recently appointed Whitney Museum of American Art, New York). 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 Ruba Katrib (MoMA PS1, New York) – who hands over to Laura McLean-Ferris (Swiss Institute, New York) – will advise on 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. Tom Eccles and Amy Zion (both Bard College, New York) will curate the Frieze Talks program, drawing upon contemporary literature and challenging sound-bite, tweet-driven narratives.

The seventh edition will offer a heightened visitor experience with a new layout and design by Universal Design Studio. Relocated entrances and navigation centered around the fair’s distinct sections will create 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 to 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.”

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 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.”

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, Gagosian, 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.

New Themed Section for 2018: For Your Infotainment / Hudson and Feature Inc.

Frieze New York’s first-ever themed section will celebrating the maverick spirit and enduring legacy of New York and Chicago art dealer Hudson (1950–2014) and his gallery Feature Inc. Curated by Matthew Higgs (White Columns, New York), For Your Infotainment: Hudson and Feature Inc. will showcase major artists who received their gallery debuts or had a long history at Hudson’s seminal space Feature Inc. in the 1980s, ’90s and early 2000s.

Entitled after the words printed on Feature Inc.’s compliments slip, For Your Infotainment: Hudson and Feature Inc. will bring together solo and two-artist presentations by Dike Blair (Karma, New York); Tom of Finland (David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles); Jason Fox and Daniel Hesidence (Canada, New York); Tom Friedman (Stephen Friedman Gallery, London); Andrew Masullo (Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York); Raymond Pettibon (David Zwirner, New York); Takashi Murakami (Gagosian, New York); and Tony Tasset (Kavi Gupta, Chicago). Matthew Higgs will also curate a dedicated Feature Hudson Foundation booth showcasing another 15 artists—including Lisa Beck, Richard Kern, Roy McMakin, Kay Rosen, Nancy Shaver and Lily van der Stokker, among others—who played a central role in Hudson’s pioneering thinking. Together these presentations will celebrate the continuing legacy of Hudson through the work of artists he was often instrumental in introducing to the world; and represent the contribution of pioneering commercial galleries, not only to their respective communities but also to art history. Please find further information here.

New for 2018: Live Program

Live is a program of performances and installations, launching in New York for the first time in 2018 and presented in collaboration with galleries. Curated by Adrienne Edwards (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; recently appointed Whitney Museum of American Art, New York) and entitled “ASSEMBLY,” the time-based program will feature processions, ritualistic and conceptual performance alongside sound installations, banners and flags. Artists will engage with significant issues of our time and experiment with alternative modes of collectivity.

The participating artists and galleries for Live 2018 are: Renée Green (Galerie Nagel Draxler), Alfredo Jaar (Galerie Lelong & Co./Goodman Gallery), Dave McKenzie (Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects), Raúl de Nieves (Company Gallery) with Erik Zajaceskowski, Lara Schnitger (Anton Kern Gallery), Hank Willis Thomas ( Jack Shainman Gallery) and Adam Pendleton (Pace) whose monumental Black Dada Flag (Black Lives Matter) (2015–18) will be planted on the bank of NYC Parks’ Randall’s Island for six months, from May 1 to November 1. Please find further information here.

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

Curated by Adrienne Edwards (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; recently appointed Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), the Frieze Artist Award is an international open call for an emerging artist to realize a major site-specific work at Frieze New York. Kapwani Kiwanga is the inaugural winner of the Frieze Artist Award. The Paris-based artist will realize an open air installation, exploring freedom of movement and architectures of exclusion, in Randall’s Island Park. Forming part of the fair’s non-profit program, the Frieze Artist Award is supported by the Luma Foundation. Kiwanga’s proposal was selected from an international open call, resulting in hundreds of applications from more than 50 countries. The 2018 Artist Award selection jury included Liam Gillick (artist), Eungie Joo (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Pablo León de la Barra (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York) and Adrienne Edwards, chaired by Loring Randolph (Artistic Director, Frieze). Kiwanga receives a budget of up to 30,000 USD and will realize her artwork at Frieze New York. Please find further information here.

Frieze Talks

Drawing upon the recent outpouring of contemporary fiction, curators Tom Eccles and Amy Zion have invited writers, poets and artists into discussions that challenge sound-bite and tweet-driven narratives, with profound and often humorous investigations into today’s American landscapes. Talks are free and take place in the talks space, between B17 & B18.

Taking place Friday through Sunday, Frieze Talks include:

  • Yuri Herrera (author of Signs Preceding the End of the World, The Transmigration of Bodies) in conversation with artists Carlos Amorales and Abraham Cruzvillegas (Friday May 4, 12pm);
  • Author Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen, Homesick for Another World) in conversation with writer Patty Yumi Cottrell (Sorry to Disrupt the Peace) (Friday May 4, 3pm);
  • Fred Moten (Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, NYU) in conversation with Sondra Perry (artist) (Saturday May 5, 12pm);
  • Novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge (We love you Charlie Freeman) in conversation with historian Kerri Greenidge (Saturday May 5, 3pm); and
  • Author Elif Batuman (The Idiot, The Possessed) in conversation with Negar Azimi (writer, editor Bidoun) (Sunday May 6, 12pm).

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 Swiss Institute (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 by artists including Martin Boyce, Liz Deschenes, Camille Henrot, Dan Graham, Karl Holmqvist, Joan Jonas, Jim Lambie, Elizabeth Peyton, Martine Syms, Paloma Varga Weisz, Juliana Huxtable, Donald Moffett, and Heji Shin (among others) 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).

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 major contemporary and modern artists will include:

  • Barbara Bloom (David Lewis, New York, Focus); Matthew Brannon (Casey Kaplan, New York, main); Tracey Emin (Xavier Huf kens, Brussels, main); Theaster Gates (Richard Gray Gallery, New York, main); Pierre Huyghe (Marian Goodman, New York, main); Arthur Jafa (Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, main); Zoe Leonard (Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, main); David Hockney (two solos with Pace, New York, main; and separately Offer Waterman, London, main); Joseph Kosuth (Almine Rech Gallery, New York); François Morellet (The Mayor Gallery, London, main); Torbjørn Rødland (David Kordansky, Los Angeles, main); Betye Saar (Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, Spotlight); Kemang Wa Lehulere (Stevenson, Cape Town, main); Andy Warhol (Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, main) and a two-artist presentation by Jordan Wolfson and Josh Smith (David Zwirner, New York); among many others.

Group presentations highlighting seminal 20th-century art will include, among others:

  • Castelli Gallery (New York, main) with significant works by iconic US artists Richard Artschwager, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Sonnier;
  • Pioneering female artists experimenting in collage and assemblage: Hannelore Baron, Mary Bauermeister, Claire Falkenstein, Nancy Grossman, Betye Saar and Lenore Tawney (Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, main)
  • A major large-scale painting by Robert Motherwell, which the artist described as his most Abstract-Expressionist work; alongside pieces by Sam Francis and Henri Matisse (Bernard Jacobson, London, main); and
  • Hauser & Wirth’s (London) curated presentation ‘STOP MAKING SENSE’ – a selection of works from the 1980s by more than 20 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Larry Bell, Phyllida Barlow and Roni Horn, all exploring the politics of the body in space

Curated shows exploring global contemporary questions, from migration to identity politics and experiences of war, will include:

  • Galerie Lelong (New York, main) with a presentation on the theme of migration, featuring works by McArthur Binion, Alfredo Jaar, and Nalini Malani, among others
  • Project 88’s (Mumbai, main) group show exploring man’s relationship to land, from map-making to colonialism to the militarization of outer space, featuring Raqs Media Collective, Munem Wasif, Andrew Voogel and Rohini Devasher
  • Mendes Wood DM’s (São Paulo, main) presentation themed around landscape in contemporary Brazilian art including all new works by Lucas Arruda, Patricia Leite, Paulo Monteiro, Paulo Nazareth, Paulo Nimer Pjota and Leticia Ramos
  • Chi-Wen Gallery’s (Taipei, main) group show looking at environmental issues, including global warming and nuclear disaster, centered around a Fukushima-inspired flower installation by Ikebana master Atsunobu Katagiri
  • Curtis Talwst Santiago’s (Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, Focus) miniature dioramas in recycled ring boxes, documenting human events of global magnitude
  • Jordan Nassar (Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, Frame) using embroidery to create a suite of symbolic landscape works, inspired by language, ethnicity and heritage, and his encounters with bereaved Palestinian women in Israel
  • The latest iteration of Matthew Brannon’s epic research-based project, exploring the history, experiences and legacies of the Vietnam War

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 works by New York-based artist Van Hanos, exploring the problem of history painting in a contemporary context (Château Shatto, Los Angeles);
  • A sculptural installation by Tau Lewis, whose portrait sculptures investigate black identity politics (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);
  • Experimental floor sculptures by Ana Mazzei, continuing the Brazilian artist’s exploration of the theatrical and the real in contemporary life (Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo);
  • Christopher Aque’s new video installation, questioning our relationships with structures of power and desire (Regards, Chicago);
  • New plein-air paintings by Gracie DeVito, inspired by a painting marathon in the Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island (Tif Sigfrids, Athens, Georgia);
  • A site-specific painting installation by Norwegian, Berlin-based artist Tyra Tingleff (The Sunday Painter, London); and
  • New paintings and drawings by Jorge de Léon, exploring urban life, political and social violence in Guatemala (Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City)

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 nonconformity, has been historically overlooked.” The section also features rare bodies of work by established figures. Highlights include:

  • Pioneering female artists, from Emma Amos’s depiction of African American subjects in ways that deconstruct ideas of race, gender, and art history itself to Mira Schor’s paintings interrogating the patriarchal structures of sex and empire to Betye Saar’s feminist collages made for the Festac 77 festival in Lagos;
  • Japanese artists Kazuyo Kinoshita, Atsuko Tanaka, Keiji Uematsu and Eiji Uematsu, reaching for new and iconoclastic forms of expression in the postwar period;
  • Paul Kos and William Leavitt inventing playful and irreverent forms of Conceptual Art, as does their East Coast counterpart Bill Beckley;
  • Pop Art taking 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 Darío Villalba; plus,
  • Artists who resist categorization, such as Billy Al Bengston’s psychedelic ‘moondoggie’ series from the 1980s; among many others.

Additional Frieze Programs and Initiatives


The LIFEWTR Fund will return to Frieze New York this year, supporting the acquisition of a significant work for the Brooklyn Museum. Launched last year, the fund made possible the Museum’s acquisition of Untitled (1971) by Virginia Jaramillo, a work currently featured in the international touring exhibition, “Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.”

The LIFEWTR Fund will enable the Museum to apply a total of $100,000 to purchase a work from the fair for its permanent collection. The 2018 selection panel includes the Brooklyn Museum’s Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Anne Pasternak; Deputy Director & Chief Curator, Jennifer Chi; along with curators Eugenie Tsai, Catherine Morris, Ashley James, and Carmen Hermo. The fund is chaired and organized by Olga Osminkina-Jones, Vice President, LIFEWTR. The acquisition will be announced on Wednesday May 2.

Stand Prizes

This year, the fair will once again have three awards recognizing exceptional presentations from galleries across the fair: the Frame Prize, dedicated to the most deserving presentation in the Frame section, and two Frieze Stand Prizes for galleries in any section of the fair.

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 Christopher Bedford (Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, The Baltimore Museum of Art), Omar Kholeif (Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) and Suzanne Cotter (Director, Mudam Luxembourg Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean). The prizes will be announced at 3pm on Wednesday, May 2.

Supported by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, 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, including Courtenay Finn (Curator, Aspen Art Museum), Elena Filipovic (Director and Curator, Kunsthalle Basel), and Jamillah James (Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). The Frame Prize will be announced at 12pm on Thursday, May 3.

The Reading Room

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

Thursday Preview: Jerry Saltz presented by New York Magazine

Presented in partnership with New York Magazine, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz will give a talk entitled “Art World Lost > Art World Regained” at 6pm on Thursday May 3. The event will take place in the Talks Space and is open to all.

Eating and Drinking at Frieze

Visitors can enjoy New York City’s most talked-about restaurants including many returning Frieze favorites Court Street Grocers, Frankies Spuntino, Roberta’s and TYME Fast Food, alongside new additions The Fat Radish, Gertie, Foul Witch by Blanca, Black Fox Coffee and Café Artois. 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 Casteel 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 LIFEWTR, BMW, the Financial Times and Official Champagne Ruinart, plus Bulleit Frontier Whisky, Saks Fifth Avenue, Resy, UOVO, Stella Artois and the Standard. The Frieze Artist Award is supported by Luma Foundation.