Frieze New York returns with its sixth edition, featuring more than two hundred galleries from thirty countries. Kicking off on Friday, May 5, the fair will welcome returning exhibitors such as Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Tanya Bonakdar, Matthew Marks, and David Zwirner—all New York galleries—as well as São Paulo’s Mendes Wood DM, Glasgow’s The Modern Institute, and Berlin’s Sprüth Magers. Participating for the first time will be New York’s Castelli Gallery, London’s Bernard Jacobson Gallery, and Antwerp’s Axel Vervoordt Gallery, among others.
Organized by Victoria Siddall, director of Frieze Fairs, and artistic directors Abby Bangser and Jo Stella-Sawicka, Frieze expects many of the galleries it’s hosting to engage with contemporary political and social issues. Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris/Brussels) will present works from Andres Serrano’s ongoing series “America,” 2002–; Chi-Wen Gallery (Taipei) will display works by Chien-chi Chang and Yin-Ju Chen, which will examine themes of history, memory, and human destruction; and Galerie Lelong (New York) will bring historic and recent works by Alfredo Jaar, Nalini Malani, Hélio Oiticica, and Nancy Spero, which address media bias and misperception and the refugee crisis.
“Frieze New York continues to evolve and this year galleries are bringing presentations of greater breadth and quality than ever before, reflecting the diverse cultural interests of our audience,” Siddall said. “The increased presence of twentieth-century art at Frieze New York will create a great context for the many contemporary galleries in the fair and will open up fascinating dialogues.”
Curated by Cecilia Alemani, curator and director of High Line Art, Frieze Projects will toy with the act of watching and being watched, with works by Dora Budor, Elaine Cameron-Weir, and Jon Rafman as well as restagings of projects by Giosetta Fioroni and Fabio Mauri as a tribute to Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome and its experimental 1968 exhibition “Il Teatro delle Mostre.”
The fair’s Spotlight section, which was curated for the first time by Toby Kamps of The Menil Collection, has expanded to thirty-one galleries. It will present displays that highlight foundational moments in art history since 1960 and rarely seen work by iconic figures of the avant-garde. The experimental section, Frame, advised by Jacob Proctor and Fabian Schöneich, features seventeen emerging galleries from thirteen countries, and Focus, a platform that showcases young galleries, will host twenty-eight galleries from Mumbai to Rio de Janeiro.
Organized by Tom Eccles, executive director of the center for curatorial studies at Bard College, New York, Frieze Talks will explore themes of agency, politics, and perspective. Its program includes conversations with Claudia Rankine, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and winner of the 2017 Bobbitt National Poetry Prize; a panel on art and social commitment chaired by Shuddhabrata Sengupta of Raqs Media Collective; a conversation on “complicating the Modern” from Ann Temkin, chief curator of painting and sculpture at New York’s MoMA; and Artforum.com editor David Velasco’s conversation with Anicka Yi.
In addition, Frieze’s first-ever symposium in New York will take place on Friday, May 5, in collaboration with the Getty and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. It will present three panel discussions on Latin American and Latino art related to the Getty’s upcoming series of exhibitions “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,” opening in September.
This year, Frieze New York is partnering with Americans for the Arts Action Fund in an effort to help save the National Endowment for the Arts. “We encourage all of our attendees to both sign a petition to the United States Congress and to make a contribution to the Arts Action Fund to help support their legislative efforts to ensure public arts funding is preserved in the United States,” the fair said in a statement. The Arts Action Fund is the largest national organization that mobilizes Americans in the fight for arts funding and arts education.
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