Vivid Colour and Legendary Dealers: First Look at Frieze New York

As Frieze New York opens for its first preview days, we take a look at some of the fair’s colourful gallery highlights—and those from its first themed section, which brings together the work of Tom Friedman, Takashi Murakami and Tom of Finland.


Today is the private opening of Frieze New York, which is viewable to the public from Friday until Sunday. Held away from the city’s other key art week in early March, when the Armory, Independent and a host of other satellite shows bring a mix of blue chip galleries and smaller, cooler spaces into town, Frieze stands decidedly alone.

This year, Frieze New York premiers its first themed section, following on from Frieze London’s successful Sex Work in 2017, which saw numerous pioneering feminist artists brought together and celebrated. For Frieze New York, Matthew Higgs (one of the founders of the highly praised Independent) has curated For Your Infotainment: Hudson and Feature Inc, which celebrates “the maverick spirit and enduring legacy of New York and Chicago art dealer Hudson (1950-2014) and his gallery Feature Inc”. The work featured spans the 1980s to the early 2000s, and comes from artists including Raymond Pettibon, Takashi Murakami and Tom of Finland.

The Frieze Artist Award has been awarded to Kapwani Kiwanga, the Paris-based artist whose open-air installation explores “freedom of movement and architectures of exclusion”. The winner of the award is selected from an open call.


Frieze New York

From 2 to 6 May at Randall’s Island Park