Frieze Art Fair New York 2015 – Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan

May 14, 2015 – May 17, 2015
Randall’s Island Park

The fourth edition of the New York art fair will bring together over 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, with 63 participants from the fair’s host city.

Frieze New York App: Download Now. Featuring visitor information, full programs for Frieze Projects and Frieze Talks, location maps and floor plans, the Frieze New York app is free to download from i-Tunes.

Spotlight, Frame and Focus

Demonstrating Frieze’s commitment to discovery, a new addition to the 2015 fair is Spotlight, a section advised by curator Adriano Pedrosa dedicated to solo artist presentations of work made in the 20th century. Previous iterations of Spotlight have been shown at Frieze Masters in London, and the New York edition will share the same impulse to expand understanding of the 20th century by exploring unexpected positions from established artists, new research into artists from emerging territories and significant early work from overlooked artists. Rasheed Araeen (Aicon Gallery, New York), Lynn Hershman Leeson (Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco & Waldburger Wouters, Brussels), Howardena Pindell (Garth Greenan Gallery, New York), Carolee Schneemann (Hales, London) and Ibrahim El-Salahi (Vigo, London) are all included in the first New York edition of Spotlight.


Frieze Talks 2015 is a daily program of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions.

Friday May 15, 2015, 4pm

This year’s program is curated by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NewYork) and Christy Lange (Associate Editor, frieze, Berlin).

Access to Frieze Talks is included in the Frieze New York admission ticket. Seats for talks can be individually booked from 11am on the day outside the auditorium within the fair; ticket-holders are requested to arrive at the auditorium 15 minutes before the talk starts in order to guarantee a place.

Thelma Golden (Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York) and Dr. Arnold Lehman (Director, Brooklyn Museum, New York) will discuss the question: Whom do museums serve?



Sunday, May 17, 2015, 4 pm

‘Why Does Michael Asher’s Art Make Me Laugh?’

Hamza Walker, who is co-curating ‘Made in L.A.’ in 2016, will chair a panel discussion about what artworks we find funny and why.



The Frieze Education program for Frieze New York 2015 gives high school students and children from underserved communities across all five boroughs access to arts programs, with a combination of workshops and tours for school groups.

Participants leading this year’s workshops include artists Urs Fischer and Julie MehretuTriple CanopyCleopatra’s, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and Material for the Arts(MFTA). Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, Frieze Education will also include an onsite program benefitting public school children from local boroughs. In 2014 Frieze Education hosted over 500 school children at the fair.

Frieze Teens workshops will take place ahead of Frieze New York and bring high school students from boroughs across the city into collaboration with artists, curators, critics, gallerists and arts organizations. Exploring the professional aspects of the art world, the workshops will act as a first step in career development. This year brings a new emphasis on documentation, with Frieze Teens encouraged to investigate and record the people and places they visit, so that their experiences can be shared with arts educators and students. The 2015 program expands into artistic production, asking students to envision and plan their personal ‘Dream Project’, as they also work towards publishing their own artists’ publications. On Sunday May 17 at 2.00 pm, Frieze Teens will present a short film at Frieze New York, featuring footage and interviews which they have gathered.

In addition, Frieze Education will host an expansive program for *public school groups *visiting the fair from local neighbourhoods, with a focus on children from boroughs adjacent to Randall’s Island: East Harlem and the South Bronx.

The education program will also produce the Frieze Young Person’s Guide to the Fair, a free interactive guide, which will be available to all youth visiting Frieze New York.

Frieze Projects 2015

Frieze Projects is a program of artists’ commissions realized annually at Frieze New York. It is curated by Cecilia Alemani.

The participating artists in 2015 are: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pia Camil, Samara Golden, Aki Sasamoto and Allyson Vieira will present site-specific work at Frieze New York. The program will also feature a special tribute to the Flux-Labyrinth.

Frieze Writer’s Prize 2015

Deadline for Entries: 21 July 2015

Frieze Writer’s Prize, the annual international award to discover and promote new art critics, is now open for entries. The winner will be commissioned to write a review for frieze and will be awarded 2,000 GBP.

This year the prize will be judged by Paul Teasdale, assistant editor of frieze; the London-based Mexican author Chloe Aridjis; and Hamza Walker, co-curator of ‘Made in L.A. 2016’.

Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length. Entries should be emailed as a Word attachment to

Guidelines for submissions

  • Entries must be submitted in English, but may be translated (this must be acknowledged).
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission.
  • Entrants may have had a maximum of three pieces of writing on art published.
  • The closing date for entries is July 21, 2015.


Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican-born, London-based author. Her novels include Book of Clouds (2009) and Asunder (2013), which was set in London’s National Gallery. She co-curated the current Leonora Carrington exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Aridjis is working on a new novel as well as on a children’s story, a docu-fiction film and two artist books. Her translation of her father’s memoir, The Child Poet, will be published by Archipelago Books in February 2016.

Hamza Walker is co-curator of Made in L.A. 2016, with Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayedi. In 2010 he was awarded the Ordway Prize for contributions to the field in the form of writing and exhibitions. Walker has contributed reviews and art criticism to New Art ExaminerArt MuscleDialogueParkett and Artforum.

Paul Teasdale is assistant editor of frieze and managing editor of frieze d/e. He lives in Berlin.



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