Frieze New York Applications Now Open May 2018

September 15, 2017 by Laura Gomez

Frieze New York 2018: Applications Now Open

Gallery applications for Frieze New York 2018 are now open

Applications for Frieze New York 2018 are now open. The fair will take place the first week of May next year on Randall’s Island in New York.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the artist(s), show an international program and present a minimum of four exhibitions per year in their galleries. Any gallery who applies must be a commercial venture.

In addition to the main section, the seventh edition of the fair will feature Frame, Focus and Spotlight:

Frame is a destination for discovery within the fair, bringing together solo presentations by emerging artists. The section is open to galleries opened in or after 2010, and is advised for the first time by Ruba Katrib, Curator at SculptureCenter, and Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Focus is a platform for galleries opened in or after 2006, offering the opportunity to showcase ambitious, curated presentations and benefit from a subsidized rate. Focus stands will be dispersed across the fair, alongside main section galleries.
• Toby Kamps, Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum, will return as the curator for Spotlight, a section which reveals foundational moments in art history since 1960, and features rarely-seen work by both overlooked figures and iconic artists.

Participation is by online application:

Frieze London, Frieze New York and Frieze Masters;
a programme of courses and talks at Frieze Academy, and – the definitive resource for contemporary art and culture.

Frieze was founded in 1991 by Amanda Sharp, Matthew Slotover and Tom Gidley with the launch of frieze magazine, a leading magazine of contemporary art and culture. Sharp and Slotover established Frieze London in 2003, one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, Frieze launched Frieze New York taking place in May; and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern. In 2016, Frieze launched Frieze Academy, a year-round programme of talks and courses.

When is Frieze New York?
In 2017, the fair will be open to the public from May 5-7. An invitation-only Preview Day will be held on Thursday, May 4.

How do I get a ticket for the fair?
Tickets for Frieze New York can be purchased online, using a credit or debit card.

What makes Frieze New York different from other art fairs?
Frieze New York offers the opportunity to encounter an exceptional quality and range of artwork, featuring the world’s most exciting emerging talents together with iconic names in modern and contemporary art. Independent curators have specially advised on sections Frame and Spotlight to encourage discovery and connoisseurship. Visitors can also experience a dynamic series of talks, new artist commissions and the city’s most talked about restaurants – all in a bespoke structure, designed for the experience of art and overlooking the East River in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.

What is the relationship between Frieze New York and Frieze London?
Frieze New York takes a similar approach to Frieze London, one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs. Frieze New York is also housed in a bespoke structure and located in a unique setting overlooking the East River. Frieze New York and Frieze London are separate fairs and applications to each are a discreet process.

Who are the Directors of Frieze New York?
In 2016, Victoria Siddall (currently Director of Frieze Masters and Frieze London) took over as Director of Frieze New York, and now oversees all three Frieze art fairs. Victoria is supported by a team of Artistic Directors, Abby Bangser (Americas & Asia) and Joanna Stella-Sawicka (Europe, Middle East, Russia and Africa). Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover are the founders of Frieze New York.

How are the galleries selected for the fair?

The application form for Frieze New York is available online in June of each year. The application deadline is in August and the selection is made in September. There is an appeals procedure in late November. The selection is made by a committee of gallerists who participate in the fair; the fair directors chair the meeting but do not vote. In 2017 the Frieze New York committee members were: Miguel Abreu (Miguel Abreu Gallery), Jeanne Greenberg (Salon 94), Andrew Hamilton (The Modern Institute), Bellatrix Hubert (David Zwirner Gallery), Mara McCarthy (The Box) and Matthew Wood (Mendes Wood DM).

What are the gallery sections at Frieze New York?
Frieze New York is made up of the main gallery section and three feature sections: Frame, Focus and Spotlight.

What is Frame?
Frame is a section dedicated to galleries established less than eight years ago. Galleries are selected on the basis of a proposed solo presentation. Frame allows visitors and collectors to see work by artists who have not previously benefitted from an international platform to show their work.

What is Focus?
Galleries included in Focus are selected on the basis of a proposed solo stand or curated project, specifically conceived for the fair. The galleries taking part in Focus will have opened around or after 2004 and will show their programs in stands throughout the fair

Who are the Frame advisors?
The Frieze New York 2017 Frame and Focus advisors are Fabian Schöneich (Curator of Portikus in Frankfurt) and Jacob Proctor (Curator at Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago).

What is Spotlight?
Following its acclaimed debut in 2015, the 2017 edition of Frieze New York will feature Spotlight, a section for solo artist presentations of work made in the 20th century, with a special focus on work made after 1960. Revealing foundational moments in art through pioneering figures from across the world, Spotlight features positions beyond the Western tradition, surveys of under-recognized artists and rarely seen work by iconic figures of the avant-garde. Previously, Spotlight has been a section of the Frieze Masters fair in London, since its opening in 2012.

Who is the Spotlight advisor?
Toby Kamps is the curatorial advisor to Spotlight. As Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, Kamps has organized solo exhibitions by artists including Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Vanessa Beecroft, Danny Lyon, Wols (Wolfgang Schulze) and Torolab, a Tijuana design collective.

What is the Stand Prize?
The Frieze Stand Prize has been awarded to two outstanding presentations in the main section at the fair. In keeping with Frieze’s support of younger galleries, one of the prizes was awarded to a gallery less than 12 years of age. The winners of the Stand Prize 2016 were Galerie Gisela Capitain (Cologne) and Instituto de Visión (Bogotá), judged the most innovative stands at the fair. The prize was judged by an international panel of curators: Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum, Porto, Reto Thüring, Curator of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Phillipe Pirotte, Curator, la Biennale de Montréal 2016 and, Director of Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main.

What is Frieze Projects New York?
Frieze Projects New York is a non-profit organization, which was established in 2011, a year ahead of the inaugural edition of Frieze New York. Frieze Projects New York oversees: Frieze Talks, a program of panel discussions and lectures which take place during the four days of the fair; Frieze Projects and Frieze Sounds, a curated program of site-specific projects by artists realized annually at the fair, both curated by Cecilia Alemani (Director, High Line Art, New York).

How is Frieze Projects New York funded?
Frieze has received funding from a number of sources and specific areas of the program receive sponsorship. For example in 2012 Mulberry sponsored the Frieze Projects and since 2012 Frieze Sounds has been produced in association with BMW.

What is Frieze Talks?
Frieze Talks are a daily program of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions featuring leading art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists. In 2016, Frieze Talks were organized by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NewYork).