Frieze New York 2016

Frieze, London

April 21, 2016

May 5–8, 2016

Randall’s Island Park
New York City
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Featuring more than 200 galleries from 31 countries for its fifth edition, Frieze New York showcases an extraordinary cross-section of work, from the newly discovered to contemporary masters. On view in Randall’s Island Park from May 5–8, the fair provides an immersive cultural experience overlooking the East River. Frieze New York is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the fifth consecutive year.

Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze, is leading the team for Frieze New York 2016, with Artistic Directors Abby Bangser and Joanna Stella-Sawicka. Independent curators Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York), Clara M Kim (Tate Modern, London), Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago), Fabian Schöneich (Portikus, Frankfurt), and Tom Eccles (Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College) are devising special sections of the fair and a program of ambitious artist commissions and talks. 

Following its 2015 debut at Frieze New York, Spotlight brings together solo artist presentations of works made in the 20th century, particularly after 1960. Curated this year by Clara M Kim—the Daskalopoulos Senior Curator, International Art (Africa, Asia & Middle East) for Tate Modern, London—Spotlight reveals foundational moments in recent art history and fosters new research into artists from emerging countries, as well as rarely seen work by iconic figures of the avant garde.  

Focus includes a selection of solo or curated presentations conceived by young galleries especially for the fair. Among the most innovative galleries working today and all founded since 2004, the 32 galleries featured in Focus will debut work that has never before been exhibited within an art fair context. The section is advised this year by Fabian Schöneich (Portikus, Frankfurt) and Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago). 

Featuring solo artist presentations, Frame brings together galleries established within the past eight years. Also advised by Fabian Schöneich and Jacob Proctor, Frame features presentations by 18 galleries showcasing some of today’s most insightful and provocative artists. 

Frieze Projects and Frieze Sounds 
Curated by Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York), Frieze Projects and Frieze Sounds comprise an annual non-profit program of new site-specific artworks and installations. From a futuristic inhabitable car to a reverse pickpocket to a giant balloon, the artist commissions will appear unexpectedly in common areas, hidden in booths, in listening stations, and even floating above the fair. Participating artists include Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Maurizio Cattelan, GCC, Alex Da Corte, Anthea Hamilton, David Horvitz, Liz Magic Laser, Eduardo Navarro, and Heather Phillipson. Frieze Sounds are presented with BMW. More information on Frieze Projects and Frieze Sounds is available at

Frieze Talks
Part of Frieze’s non-profit program, Frieze Talks is curated by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York) and Christy Lange (Associate Editor & Curator of Public Programs, frieze, Berlin).

Select highlights of Frieze Talks 2016 include: the keynote address from the American poet Eileen Myles; a conversation between Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey and frieze Editor Dan Fox; a panel on how technology is changing artistic representations of the body chaired by Omar Kholeif; and a conversation between the influential critic and art historian Hal Foster and acclaimed poet and novelist Ben Lerner. Frieze Talks takes place in the onsite auditorium at Frieze New York from Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 8. Access is included in all admission tickets. The full schedule for Frieze Talks is available at

Frieze Education
Sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the fourth consecutive year, Frieze Education encompasses “Frieze Teen” workshops with major artists and cultural organizations across New York that illuminate the journey of an artwork from creation to exhibition. Participants leading “Frieze Teens” workshops in 2016 include artists TJ Wilcox and Jessi Reaves, as well as Bridget Donahue Gallery, White Columns, Project Projects, Dieu Donné, Materials for the Arts and MoMA PS1. “Frieze Teens” have created the Young People’s Guide to the Fair in collaboration with Projects Projects and will also serve as volunteer tour guides at Frieze New York for visiting school groups.

On Sunday, May 8, the “Frieze Teens” will present a film about their experience of Frieze Education, in the Auditorium at Frieze New York.

Non-profits at the Fair
This year’s participants include the Queens Museum; RxArt, an organization that commissions site-specific artist installations in healthcare facilities and hospitals throughout the US; and White Columns, the city’s oldest alternative art space, which returns for its third consecutive year. 

Reading Room
A new space for Frieze New York 2016, the Reading Room offers visitors the opportunity to browse and buy a curated selection of the world’s best art publications and attend an exciting daily schedule of events. Daily event details can be found at

Frieze Week magazine
Following its launch at Frieze London 2015, Frieze Week is coming to New York for the first time. The special publication explores highlights of the fair, as well as the concurrent surge of cultural events taking place across the city May 2–8. 

Visitors can enjoy New York’s best-loved eateries including many returning Frieze favorites, such as Roberta’s, Frankies Spuntino, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, and Marlow & Sons; plus new additions including Superiority Burger, El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette, Cosme, a Juice Press pop up, and Sant Ambroeus in the VIP Room. This year we welcome Ruinart as the official Champagne Partner for Frieze New York.

A new ferry service will run from E. 90th Street on weekdays, taking only five minutes; in addition to regular ferry services from E. 35th Street and bus services from the Guggenheim. 

Tickets to Frieze New York are on sale at Tickets start at 10 USD and are limited. It is strongly recommended that visitors buy tickets in advance.