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Inside Frieze New York 2015

The fourth edition of Frieze New York (May 14-17, 2015), the sister fair of Frieze London, closed its doors this year with unprecedented success, drawing a spectacular crowd to Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. Having consolidated itself as one of the world’s most important art fairs, Frieze New York brought together 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, offering a carefully curated mix of contemporary art and historical treasures. Housed in a custom-made tent that was very easy to navigate, the fair offered a fresh perspective on what is happening right now in art, with many galleries asking artists to bring their latest works straight from their studios to the fair.

This year saw the introduction of Spotlight, a new gallery section that was previously held with big success at Frieze Masters in London. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Spotlight focused on works by important 20th century artists whose work has been overlooked, among them Sudanese painter Ibrahim El-Salahi, famous for being one of the first artists to incorporate Arabic calligraphy in his paintings, and American visual artist Carolee Schneemann, known for her politically charged discourse on gender and sexuality.

Frame section, which is dedicated to solo presentations by young galleries under eight years old, was held this year under the advice of curators Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor, featuring some of the most thrilling emerging galleries worldwide, among them newcomers Antenna Space (Shanghai), Freedman Fitzpatrick (Los Angeles), Mathew Gallery (Berlin) and Supplement (London). Focus, a section for galleries founded in or after 2003 that present works that have not been previously seen in an art fair context, featured a selection of carefully curated projects specially conceived for Frieze New York. This year it included galleries from such diverse cities as Rome, Prague, Bogota, Guadalajara, Taipei, Berlin, Madrid, London and New York.

The Frieze Projects, a non-profit program of artist commissions realized at Frieze New York, included six new artworks that took over various locations on Randall’s Island, featuring artists Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pia Camil, Samara Golden, Aki Sasamoto and Allyson Vieira. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, Projects also included a unique homage to the Flux-Labyrinth, an installation conceived in Berlin in 1976 by Lithuanian-born American artist George Maciunas, in collaboration with other Fluxus members. On the other hand, Frieze Talks, which took place in a special onsite auditorium, featured this year conversations with artist Paul McCarthy, art critic Jerry Saltz and Studio Museum’s Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden.

Frieze Sounds this year included three commissioned audio works that were available at a listening station within the fair, and also at friezeprojectsny.org, featuring international artists Alicja Kwade, Xaviera Simmons and Sergei Tcherepnin. Last, but not least, the Frieze Prize, which is awarded every year to the most innovative gallery stand, was given to Galeria Jaqueline Martins, Sao Paulo. The gallery dedicated an entire booth to artist Martha Araujo and her “For a body in its impossibilitiesproject that invited Frieze visitors to dress in Velcro suits and try to adhere themselves to a spectacular Velcro-covered skateboard ramp.