Frieze New York 2018, the leading platform for modern and contemporary art, opens to the public May 4-6. Back on the grounds of Randall’s Island Park, this year’s fair brings together more than 190 galleries from 30 countries, including new curators and programs. Under the roof of a bespoke architectural structure, visitors can view and buy art from more than 1,000 artists, attend curated talks and experience new artist commissions.
With Douglas Elliman as the exclusive real estate partner for the fair, Elliman Insider got the inside scoop from Frieze New York’s new Artistic Director Loring Randolph on what’s new, what to see and what makes Frieze different from other art fairs.
Q&A with Loring Randolph
Elliman Insider: What are the can’t-miss exhibits and artists for visitors to see at this year’s fair?
Loring Randolph: Frieze fairs are places to learn. Under the Frieze roof visitors discover new works and artists, andnot just young emerging ones. This year’s Spotlight section curated by Toby Kamps includes work by 80-year-old Emma Amos. After the inclusion of her pioneering African American portraiturein the recent exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” at Crystal Bridges in Arkansas, her work is coming back into view.
I’m also excited about David Kordansky’s solo presentation of Torbjørn Rødland’s work. Rødland’s photographs have received a lot of attention in Europe, but he hasn’t had much of a presence in New York yet. So, it’s great that Dave is bringing his work to the fair. I think New Yorkers are really going to go crazy for this!
EI: Who are some up-and-coming artists and galleries to take note of?
LR: The Focus section of the fair welcomes galleries less than 12 years old, and the Frame section is for galleries under 8 years old. Some of the young galleries in Focus include JTT, Simone Subal and Essex Street.
In Frame, all the galleries do solo presentations. There’s a great representation of artists from across the world including Ana Mazzei from Brazil showing with Jacqueline Martins, whose sculptures will be activated by fair visitors upon touch. It’s rare to enter an art fair booth where you’re encouraged to touch everything.
EI: What’s new at Frieze New York this year?
LR: The layout of the fair has been overhauled this year, with Frame at the center. Within Frame is also the Live square, the site of daily changing programs of performances, installations and interactive projects curated by Adrienne Edwards launching for the first time in New York this year. Titled “Assembly,” the program’s theme is artists’ responses to street performances and protest marches.
Not to be missed is Lara Schnitger’s American premiere of her Sufragette City—a fusion of feminist protest, sculpture and ritual—addressing issues of women’s rights.
Live gives galleries the support to present experimental works beyond the confines of their booths. For example, Adam Pendleton’s 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, marking the first time that Frieze will have a public sculpture on view for an extended period.
Another new addition is the fair’s first-ever themed section, ‘For Your Infotainment/Hudson and Feature Inc’. The section pays homage to Hudson’s Feature Inc. gallery in New York (which closed in 2014) and the artists whose career’s were intertwined with the gallery. I could not have imagined a better curator than Matthew Higgs (White Columns, New York) to represent the Hudson ethos and help shape Frieze New York 2018.
EI: What makes Frieze New York different than other art fairs?
LR: As a fair we have the unique advantage of building a new structure each year, which allows us to try new architectures. In keeping with the spirit of redesigning gallery spaces as part of the exhibition process, we hope the new fair space will support visitors, artists and galleries alike.
Frieze this year is more New York-focused than ever with representation from nearly 70 exhibitors. A perk of the fair is that you can cover whole gallery districts in just a few steps. You can also dig into inaccessible bits of the city’s scene. For example, in ‘For Your Infotainment/Hudson and Feature Inc’, you’ll step into the Feature Inc. legacy—down to the Roy McMakin furniture—in a way that’s not possible anywhere else.
In addition to this year’s exceptional gallery presentations, our expanded programming brings a new dimension to the stimulating experience of the fair.