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Frieze New York will take place in Randall’s Island Park from 3–6 May 2018, with a preview day on 2 May. 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.

Led by Victoria Siddall and newly appointed Artistic Director Loring Randolph, this year’s Frieze New York will include new programmes 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 of Performa and The Walker Art Center.

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@loringrandolphny (Frieze Artistic Director for the Americas) on #FriezeNY’s themed section ‘For Your Infotainment: Hudson and Feature Inc’, “When I first came to New York, Feature Inc. was one of the galleries that stood out for me and I remember when Hudson mounted the “Power to the People” exhibition – it felt really radical compared to what was happening in Chelsea. Higgs (@matthewhiggs2015) is also a highly original curator with a generous spirit, who has introduced many artists that are now mainstays in our community, so I could not have imagined a better curator and person to represent the Hudson ethos and to help shape the 2018 edition of Frieze New York.” Featuring @tomoffinlandfoundation.

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The fair will also feature its first-ever themed section, curated by Matthew Higgs (White Columns), paying homage to Hudson’s Feature Inc. gallery in New York, which supported the careers of many pioneering artists in the 1980s and ‘90s, including Tom of Finland, Takashi Murakami and Raymond Pettibon. Curators Andrew Bonacina (The Hepworth Wakefield) and Laura McLean-Ferris (Swiss Institute) will advise ambitious solo shows by 18 emerging galleries in Frame, while Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum) returns as curator of Spotlight, a section dedicated to 20th-century pioneers, which expands to 35 presentations this year.

On arrival, visitors will notice relocated entrances creating new ways to navigate through the fair, designed by Universal Design Studio. With galleries from five continents, the programme this year will include presentations from Massimo de Carlo and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac as well as Goodman Gallery and The Modern Institute, who all return to the main section; plus new galleries from Hungary, Iran and Japan with the first-time participation of Vintage Galéria from Budapest, Dastan’s Basement, Tehran, and Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo.

Among the highlights to look forward to this year are an immersive sound installation by Los Angeles-based artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, whose sonic work was recently featured in “Soundtracks” at SFMOMA (Empty Gallery); Christopher Aque’s new video installation, questioning our relationships with the structures of power and desire (Regards); Robert Motherwell, Sam Francis and Henri Matisse alongside new work by Pierre Soulages and Bruce McLean presented by Bernard Jacobson, Betye Saar at Roberts Projects; and a new project on the Vietnam War by Matthew Brannon (Casey Kaplan).

Inaugurated this year, the Frieze Artist Award supports the creation of an ambitious new work that responds to the dynamics of the fair. The first recipient of the award, Kapwani Kiwanga, has explored subjects as far reaching as space travel, anti-colonial struggles, geology and disciplinary architectures, often rooted in her training in anthropology. Part documentary, part fiction, Kiwanga’s works span installation, sound, video and performance, unsettle established narratives and create spaces in which marginalised discourse can flourish.


Frieze New York, Randall’s Island Park | 3–6 May 2018

Feature image: Bridget Donahue, Frieze New York 2017. Photograph by Mark Blower (Courtesy Mark Blower/Frieze)

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