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Frieze Art Fair Sets Up Shop in NYC

Art & Design

The New York art world’s most anticipated summer event, the arrival of London’s Frieze Art Fair, kicked off last night on Randall’s Island.

Open to the public from Friday, May 4th to Monday, May 8th, the fair spans three football fields long, and boasts 180 galleries from around the world. There’s also an outdoor sculpture park curated by Tom Eccles, special projects by artists such as John Ahearn, and programming featuring top artists, journalists, museum directors, and art historians.

The magnitude of an art fair like Frieze is often mind numbing; large crowds and seemingly endless aisles of art can leave one feeling dizzy and overwhelmed. To help prevent the expected fair-induced mania, check our picks of the galleries and talks that you should not miss.

Don’t worry, you’ll also have Intelligentsia Coffee to keep you caffeinated and beloved art world culinary destinations, Frankies Sputino, Saint Ambroeus, Fat Radish, Roberta’s and Standard Biergarten at your fingertips.


The Breeder, Athens

Spruüh Magers, Berlin

Megiddo Chouakri, Berlin

Lisson Gallery, London

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Victoria Miro, London

303 Gallery, New York

Alex Zachary Peter Currie, New York

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Hauser and Wirth, New York

Salon 94, New York

Regen Projects, Los Angeles,

Night Gallery, Los Angeles

For the full exhibitor map, click here:

Sculpture Park:

Be sure to explore the East River Waterfront and see works by artists Louise Bourgeois, Subdoh Gupta, Jeppe Hein, and Ernesto Neto.

A map and checklist can be found here:


Friday May 4: 3 pm

Expanding Museums

The panel discusses the current and future roles of contemporary art institutions in transforming the way we experience our cities and cultures.

Glenn D. Lowry (Director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Adam D. Weinberg (Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York)

Sheena Wagstaff (Chairman, Modern and Contemporary Art Department, Metropolitan Museum, New York)

Chair: Nicolai Ouroussoff (Writer and Critic, New York)

Saturday May 5, 1 pm

Art Isn’t Fair: Collecting for the 99%

Allan Sekula presents a short film, Art Isn’t Fair (2012), edited from footage shot in 2004 at Art Basel Miami Beach and dedicated to Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality (1755). Sekula also discusses Docker’s Museum, his ongoing collaboration
with the Museum.

Sunday May 6, 1 pm

On Gerhard Richter’s ‘Atlas’

Eminent critic and curator Robert Storr analyzes the work of Gerhard Richter and his influential ‘Atlas’. An ongoing archive of photographs, sketches and materials collected by the acclaimed artist since 1962, it is a source of inspiration for his work and a way of mapping thoughts and processes. As one of the most important experts on the work of Richter, Storr curated the retrospective ‘Gerhard Richter. Forty Years of Painting MoMA’ (2003) and authored September, a History Painting by Gerhard Richter (2010).

Robert Storr (Artist, Critic, Curator and Dean, Yale School of Art)

A full list of programming can be found here:

Getting there:

Information about ticketing can be found here:

Don’t forget! The fair is on Randall’s Island, you’ll either have to drive, take a shuttle bus, or the ferry.

Details here: