Frieze Announces Galleries, Curators, Themed Sections and Exhibitions for the Eighth Edition of Frieze New York

Apr 17, 2019 9:28PM

Frieze New York Seeks to Expand the Conversation about Art in its 2019 Edition, Featuring Ambitious Gallery Presentations, Collaborations with Museum Directors, New Curated Sections, and Special Exhibitions, Alongside the Launch of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center in New York

Josh Sperling at Perrotin Gallery, Frieze

Frieze New York revealed the new galleries, exhibitions and dynamic themed sections for the 2019 fair, opening in Randall’s Island Park from May 1 through 5. Featuring leading galleries from 26 countries, Frieze New York showcases an extraordinary cross-section of work, from today’s most exciting emerging artists to seminal figures of the 20th century. Building on Frieze’s history as a platform for discovery and challenging the traditional art fair format, the eighth edition introduces new curators and collaborations with leading museum directors; including two exhibitions exploring virtual reality and the significance of self-taught artists, and two new sections celebrating Latin American art and New York’s pioneering gallery community. Frieze New York is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the eighth consecutive year.

Led by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and Loring Randolph (Artistic Director, Americas), Frieze New York introduces an unprecedented number of collaborations with leading museum directors from institutions in New York and across the US. Patrick Charpenel (Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio, New York) and Susanna V. Temkin (Curator) will curate will curate Diálogos, a new themed section for Latino and Latin American art. Franklin Sirmans (Director of the Perez Art Museum Miami) also joins the fair to oversee this year’s tribute section celebrating the enduring legacy of Linda Goode Bryant and her pivotal New York gallery, Just Above Midtown (JAM). A new exhibition of Virtual Reality artwork will be curated by Daniel Birnbaum (renowned curator, Director of Acute Art and formerly the Director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm); and artist, Javier Téllez will curate an exhibition of self-taught artists in collaboration with The Outsider Art fair.

Frieze New York will also collaborate with Courtney J. Martin (Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the DIA Art Foundation) to oversee the 2019 Frieze Artist Award, supporting a new commission by an emerging artist. Laura Hoptman (Executive Director of the Drawing Center, New York), is the curatorial advisor of the fair’s Spotlight section, dedicated to 20th-century pioneers. Finally, Laura McLean-Ferris (Curator, Swiss Institute) and Andrew Bonacina (Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield) return to advise Frame, the fair’s section for galleries aged 10 years or younger.

Frieze New York also announced the launch of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, created in partnership with Tishman Speyer, to be held annually at New York’s historic Rockefeller Center. Curator Brett Littman (Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York) will oversee the new public art initiative, which will open the week of April 23 in the lead-up to Frieze New York and will remain on view through the end of June 2019.

Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) said: “This is an exceptionally strong year for content at Frieze New York, making this fair the leading platform in the city to discover as well as to buy art. From Laura Hoptman’s Spotlight to Franklin Sirmans’ tribute to JAM, this year’s edition continues to expand the potential of an art fair, showcasing new and under-represented art forms alongside the most significant names in modern and contemporary art. The Main section spans leading international galleries to the best young galleries from New York and I am very happy that we are also welcoming a number of new galleries from Asia. The inaugural Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center is a great addition to what will be an unmissable week in New York.”

Loring Randolph (Artistic Director, Americas), said: “Frieze New York seeks to push boundaries and expand the conversation about contemporary art in its 2019 edition. With the contributions of an unprecedented number of museum directors, a range of ambitious gallery presentations, and an expanded program of curated sections and special exhibitions, Frieze New York presents historical and history- in-the-making content, all under one roof. I am honored to be working on our special sections with forward-thinking figures like Franklin Sirmans, Daniel Birnbaum, Laura Hoptman, Courtney J. Martin, Patrick Charpenel, and Javier Téllez to make Frieze New York a meaningful experience for galleries and visitors alike.”

Frieze New York 2019 will bring together top-tier gallery programs from around the world. The eighth edition welcomes growing participation from galleries across Asia, with major new additions from Taipei, Kolkata and Seoul with Tina Keng, Experimenter and PKM Gallery; and record participation from China with new participants Tang Contemporary Art, MadeIn Gallery, Capsule Shanghai and Edouard Malingue Gallery joining Boers-li Gallery and BANK who return from last year. These join significant contemporary galleries from across the US and the world, such as 303 Gallery, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, The Box, Gagosian, Hannah Hoffmann, Hauser & Wirth, David Kordansky Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Lisson Gallery, Maureen Paley, Massimo de Carlo, Mendes Wood DM, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, Victoria Miro, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Jack Shainman Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., White Cube and David Zwirner, among many others.

The fair will also build on its reputation for exceptional 20th-century art with Acquavella Galleries, Donald Ellis Gallery, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Cardi, Waddington Custot and Offer Waterman, among others returning to the main section, as well as a record number of galleries in the Spotlight section.

The Frame and Focus sections continue Frieze’s long-term commitment to supporting and showcasing today’s most exciting young spaces through subsidized platforms. New additions from New York City include Company, Microscope Gallery, Marinaro and Gordon Robichaux; and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, AND NOW, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran and Unit 17 join to represent emerging art scenes in Seattle, Dallas, Montreal and Vancouver respectively.


Reflecting New York’s role as a nexus and catalyst for innovation and ideas in the art world, Frieze New York expands its commitment to dynamic curated sections with two new additions in 2019, inviting galleries to work with renowned curators to celebrate the enduring legacies of pivotal New York arts organizations.


In celebration of El Museo del Barrio’s 50th anniversary in 2019, Patrick Charpenel and Susanna V. Temkin (El Museo del Barrio) will present a new themed section focusing on art by contemporary Latino/Latinx and Latin American artists. Entitled Diálogos, this section will feature a sampling of both established and emerging artists who have been a part of El Museo’s history and represent the next generation of artists and cultural leaders.

Highlights include: Firelei Báez, Marta Chilindron, Angela Detanico, Eduoard Duval-Carrié, Ken Gonzales-Day, Rafael Lain, Ana Mendieta, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Dario Robleto, and Freddy Rodríguez, among others. Bringing together a selection of galleries from across the United States and Latin America, Diálogos will unite Latino/Latinx and Latin Americans artists who reflect a diversity of generations, identities, media, and practices.


Following the success of Matthew Higgs’s celebrated tribute to Hudson at Frieze New York 2018, Franklin Sirmans (Pérez Art Museum Miami) will pay homage to the pioneering non-profit New York arts organization Just Above Midtown (JAM) and its founder Linda Goode Bryant, reimagining the legendary space with a section of solo artist presentations by Lorna Simpson, Dawoud Bey, Howardena Pindell, Norman Lewis, Ming Smith, and Lorraine O’Grady, among others.

Frieze will contribute 10% of the fees from the galleries in the section to Goode Bryant’s current non-profit initiative, Project Eats: a neighborhood-based urban agricultural partnership and social enterprise that creates sustainable food production and equitable distribution of those resources within and between communities. The full list of participating artists and galleries will be announced in the coming months.


As part of a new year-round collaboration between Frieze New York and The Drawing Center, Laura Hoptman will serve as the new curatorial advisor for the Spotlight section, with 33 galleries presenting solo presentations of significant work by overlooked figures and rarely seen practices of modern masters.

Hoptman said, “The Drawing Center is delighted to be partnering with Frieze, an organization with whom we share a love for modern and contemporary art, and a dedication to ideas and innovation. Spotlight is a program that I continue to find inspiring. This year’s section will showcase remarkable artworks by artists with fascinating histories and urgent stories to tell – from pioneering New Yorkers such as Louise Fishman, Mary Ann Unger, Knox Martin, Charles Hinman and Red Grooms to international Modern masters who are renowned in their own countries but lesser known in the U.S., like Elvira Bach from Germany and Paul Nash from the UK. This year, Spotlight will have a special emphasis on the radical potential of drawing, revealing the Renaissance techniques behind Alex Katz’s seminal paintings and the influences of architecture and sensuality in the drawings of Turkish artist Susan Hefuna. As always, the section will celebrate non-conformity and radical thinking in many forms and across geographical divides, from feminist pioneers like Leonor Fini, Greta Schödl and Kazuko Miyamoto, to ground-breaking figures inspired by spirituality and ancient cultures, such as Joan Brown, Rachid Koraïchi and Yüksel Arslan.”


Curators Andrew Bonacina and Laura McLean-Ferris will again oversee Frame, the fair’s celebrated section for emerging galleries aged 12 years or younger, showing museum-quality solo artist projects. Select artist highlights include Sarah Faux, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Sanou Oumar, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Letícia Parente.

Bonacina and McLean-Ferris said, “As advisers to the Frame section, we are delighted to have contributed to the introduction of new galleries to the section from cities such as Florence, Shanghai, Dallas, and Vancouver. There were also many exciting proposals from galleries who are returning to the fair from Bogotá, Guatemala City, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires. Frame showcases new work being made in a great variety of global contexts, making it an excellent area for discovering emerging galleries, artists, and scenes. Within the section are a number of exciting proposals from artists, including new multimedia work by Leslie Thornton which includes the artist’s research at CERN and details of her family’s involvement in the Manhattan Project, new woven works by Diedrick Brackens exploring the figure of the 19th century Black cowboy, and a 1974 film installation by Takahiko Iimura, an early example of a work employing celluloid as material.”


Building on Frieze New York’s role as a platform for discovery, the fair will feature two curated exhibitions for the first time.


Artist Javier Téllez will curate “The Doors Of Perception“, a project for Frieze New York in collaboration with the Outsider Art Fair. This exhibition of works by visionary artists from around the world will feature Noviadi Angkasapura (b. 1979, Indonesia), Guo Fengyi (1942- 2010, China), Melvin Way (b. 1954, USA), Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930, Switzerland), and Anna Zemánkova (1908-1986, Czech Republic), among many others.


Daniel Birnbaum (Acute Art, formerly Moderna Museet in Stockholm), will oversee a Virtual Reality (VR) exhibition entitled “Electric”. Bringing together a selection of works by artists of different generations such as Anish Kapoor and Rachel Rossin, visitors will experience the works within a booth-like immersive environment at the fair and online through their phones.


The Frieze Artist Award supported by the Luma Foundation will return for its second year in New York, curated for the first time by Courtney J. Martin (DIA Art Foundation) and enabling a major new commission by an emerging artist at the fair. Applications for the Award closed in January and the selected artist will be announced in the Spring. Martin will chair the selection panel, which this year includes Paulina Pobocha (Associate Curator of MOMA) and Rina Banerjee (artist and Senior Critic of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts).


Tom Eccles and Amy Zion (Bard College, New York) return to co- organize Frieze Talks, which pairs today’s most searching and innovative literary figures with artists, writers, and curators working in the contemporary art field. The full line-up for 2019 will be announced soon.


Thought-provoking and exceptional presentations of contemporary and modern art, from across the main and curated sections, include:

Generations of New York and US painters, such as:

New York abstractionist William T. Williams showing a never-before- exhibited body of paintings with Michael Rosenfeld Gallery (New York, main), concurrent with his inclusion in “Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem” which tours the US in 2019; New York-based Charles Mayton showing a new body of work, which continues the artist’s investigation into the studio, and the tools, techniques, and rituals of painting (with David Lewis, New York, Focus); and Brooklyn-based painter Sarah Faux (Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai, Frame) who will create a site-specific wall drawing composed of bodies in motion, together with new oil paintings, involving the viewer in a polymorphous moment of touch.

Sculptural and conceptual installations exploring politics, society, architecture and identity, such as:

New York-based artist Nari Ward’s survey presentation with Lehmann Maupin (New York, main) concurrent with his first museum show in New York at the New Museum (opening February 2019); alongside Helen Pashgian, a primary member of California’s Light and Space Movement of the 1960s making her debut with the gallery; California-based sculptor Fred Eversley, renowned for his participation in the Light and Space movement, showing a retrospective of selected works with David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles, main); A solo presentation of never-before-seen work by New York artist Leslie Thornton, (Unit 17, Vancouver) expanding on Thornton’s research into history and technology at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research); and Chicago-based artist and musician Lisa Alvarado (with Bridget Donahue and LC Queisser, Focus) presenting a new installation entitled ‘Moving Space and Frozen Time’ which combines painting, textiles and sound.

Presentations of seminal 20th-century art include:

A two-artist show featuring Modernist pioneers Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) and Robert Indiana (1928-2018) with Waddington Custot (London, main); An exhibition of major historical Native American works of art from various Great Plains cultures, presented by Donald Ellis Gallery (New York, main); and Minimalist Dutch artist Ad Dekkers’s (1938-1974) solo presentation with BorzoGallery (Amsterdam, main) and The Mayor Gallery (London, main).


This year Frieze New York is collaborating with the Ray Johnson Estate to continue the ‘New York Correspondence School’ – an ongoing mail art project founded by Ray Johnson with past participants including James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Coco Gordon, Edith “Little Edie” Beale, Ruth Asawa, Karl Wirsum, Betty Parsons, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Lynda Benglis and many more. All Frieze participating galleries and the artists they represent are invited to respond to Johnson’s “Please Add To & Return To” template. Contributions by contemporary artists including Paulo Bruscky, Hugh Hanley, Susan Hefuna, Scott Myles, Kapwani Kiwanga, Michelle Oka Doner, Matthew Ronay and Martin Roth, among many others, can be seen @FriezeArtFair #RayJohnsonProject on Instagram and on


Frieze Week in New York brings together collectors, arts professionals, institutional leaders, and the public to experience the range of major art exhibitions, programs, and events taking place in New York during Frieze Week.

Major exhibitions in New York open during Frieze Week include:

“Nari Ward : We the People” at The New Museum; “Gina Beavers” and “Simone Fattal” at MoMA PS1; “Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations” and “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” at the Brooklyn Museum; Neo Rauch at The Drawing Center; and REICH RICHTER PÄRT at The Shed


In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze New York 2019 partners with BMW, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, LIFEWTR, MATCHESFASHION.COM, Richard Mille, Official Champagne Ruinart, Financial Times, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Tequila don Julio and Johnnie Walker. The Frieze Artist Award is supported by Luma Foundation.


Frieze New York is located in Randall’s Island Park, situated on the East River between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, with dedicated ferry services, valet, and general parking. Frieze New York is also accessible by public transit via the M35 bus, which is a quick ride from 125th Street in Harlem (and an easy transfer from the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, B, D, A, and C trains, as well as the Metro North commuter rail).

Further program information and gallery highlights will be announced in the coming months.

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