The art community will be descending on Randall’s Island next week for Frieze New York—one of the contemporary market’s leading events showcasing artworks from galleries from 26 countries. For 2019, Frieze is going the extra mile—quite literally.
Along with its home base on Randall’s Island, Frieze New York will also be taking over other venues across the Big Apple. The centerpiece will be the inaugural Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center. Curated by Brett Littman, director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, the exhibition will feature pieces by 14 artists throughout the campus.
Back on Randall’s Island, visitors can enjoy Diálogos, a section devoted to Latino and Latin American art, while there’s a tribute to Linda Goode Bryant, the famed gallerist of Just Above Midtown. There’s also the Outsider Art Fair, which will present “The Doors of Perception,” an exhibition of the work of self-taught artists curated by Javier Téllez.
“I think you can expect that Frieze New York will reflect the identity of what the city is,” said Loring Randolph, artist director of the Americas at Frieze New York. “This is the epicenter of the art world, a place where a lot of thought-producing and taste-making people live and work. This the place for ideas, innovation and diversity. And that’s what the fair on Randall’s Island and beyond is going to represent.”
Indeed, there will be a bevy of sculptures, paintings, photographs and everything in between from great masters to emerging talents. More importantly, they will be available for purchase. Frieze New York, is, in essence, a sales platform—a direct way for galleries to push products to a crowd willing to spend upwards of seven figures. To guide them are art advisors and other professionals trained to distinguish the spectacular from the sub-par—a power they can use wield to make or break a gallery’s bottom line.
Though it is still too early to predict what will be the major trends and breakthrough artists to spring from Frieze New York 2019, we asked a selection premier art advisors to tell us what they expect this year,what they are most looking forward to seeing, and what they’ll be recommending to their clients.