Frieze New York, Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan

Running from 5-8 May, Frieze New York celebrates its 25th anniversary at Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, this year. Designed to be a celebration of both emerging and established artists, Frieze New York unites over 200 international galleries and welcomes an array of independent curators including Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York), Clara M Kim (Tate Modern, London), Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago), Fabian Schöneich (Portikus, Frankfurt) and Tom Eccles (Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York) to curate its innovative programme. Deutsche Bank will sponsor the event for the fifth consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to the discovery and celebration of artistic excellence.

Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, the founders of Frieze New York in 1991, have passed on the role of director to Victoria Siddall, who will be supported by artistic directors Abbey Bangser and Joanna Stella-Sawicka in delivering this edition’s diverse programme. From Spotlight’s presentations of rare 20th century works to Frame and Focus’s platforms for up-and-coming galleries and dedication to key solo shows, as well as Frieze Projects and Sounds’ new artist commissions, the sections of Frieze New York’s fifth edition are expected to build upon the fantastic quality of the 2015 event.

The Main section will feature a selection of solo shows, presenting the work of Markus Amm (Herald St. London); N. Dash (Casey Kaplan, NY) and Simon Fujiwara (Taro Nasa, Tokyo), among others. P.P.O.W (New York) will also unveil a varied group of pieces, revealing the projects of David Wojnarowicz, ahead of his retrospective exhibition at WMoAA in New York. This year’s fair is expected to bring together the work of artists from almost every continent, promising an exciting and eclectic mixture of Modern and contemporary art.  Clara M Kim, new curator of the Spotlight section is pleased to see “a particularly strong representation of American artists of the mid-20th century” including New York-based artists Jo Baer (Galerie Barbara Thumm), Ralph Humphrey (Garth Greenan Gallery) and Alan Shields (VanDoren Waxter).

Something new for 2016 is the launch of the Frame section, in which Fabian Schöneich joins Jacob Proctor to exhibit works from 18 of the most impressive galleries under eight years old. Additional highlights include 80m2 by Livia Benavides from Lima and the work of Mexico-based artist Rita Ponce de León. Hannah Hoffman will also present an intriguing series of sculptures by Zorilla alongside High Art (Paris), which will debut a previously unseen installation piece by Valerie Keane.  Meanwhile, Focus will complement its newer counterparts with a carefully selected showing from 32 galleries founded in or after 2004. These ambitious presentations will include highly anticipated new sculpture work from Clearing (Brooklyn) by Marina Pinsky with seminal work by Eduardo Paolozzi.

Amid the promise of newcomers, TifiSigfrids (LA) and Sultana (Paris) have moved sections from Frame to Focus, thus highlighting Frieze New York’s thorough commitment to supporting young galleries through all stages of development.  Alongside its extensive gallery showcase, the fair’s annual Frieze Talks’ cultural programme is set to feature an inspiring array of sessions led by industry professionals. Highlights include a presentation by Eileen Myles about the relationship between art and poetry; a conversation between Turner Prize–winning artist Mark Leckey and frieze Co-Editor Dan Fox; and a panel discussion about how technology is changing artistic representations of the body.

Frieze New York, 5-8 May, Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.

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1. Frieze New York. Photo: courtesy Frieze Art Fair.