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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

So dominant that it inspired the catchall “Frieze week,” Frieze New York is the elite art fair of spring.  It is to other New York fairs what MFA shows are to BA shows.  It’s the prima donna to the groupies.  It returns to Randall’s Island Park this weekend.


Jonathan Horowitz at Gavin Brown

But actually, there’s no comparing Frieze to other New York fairs.  Frieze is a different beast.  It’s a destination in the growing experience economy.  Visitors escape from New York to a springtime leisure bubble.  Chic restaurants are there waiting for you.  So are 200 leading galleries from around the world.  If wealth is fractal, then Frieze floats on the finest facet of the finest facet.  That’s why it’s on an island.


More demand than supply: Roberta’s Pizza

To divert hierarchies, Frieze builds taxonomies.  This year’s fair will introduce the exhibitor category of Spotlight, a new section of solo presentations of 20th century art from around the world, limited to fewer than 20 galleries. Spotlight takes place alongside  established frameworks for “fostering a community of galleries throughout all stages of development.” These include Frame, a section dedicated to artists represented by emerging galleries under eight years old; and Focus, which features curated projects and artworks specially conceived for Frieze New York.

In addition to these sections of the fair, visitors will find Frieze Projects, a program of artists’ commissions, Frieze Talks, a series of panel discussions and lectures, Frieze Sounds, and even Frieze Education.

But aren’t you here to see the art? Here are highlights from Frieze New York.

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