in Frieze | 04 MAY 16

Day and Night: Preview day

Your guide to the best shows, events and talks

in Frieze | 04 MAY 16
  • Preview day: This year's fair brings together more than 200 of the world's leading galleries, innovative curated sections, a dynamic series of talks with cultural influencers, the Frieze Projects program of artist commissions and the city's most talked about restaurants, all in a bespoke structure overlooking the East River. Please check your VIP card for access times. The fair closes at 8pm on Preview Day.

Photograph: Marco Scozzaro; courtesy of Marco Scozzaro/Frieze

Getting to the Fair

  • Check your ticket time!
  • To get the best view of one of the projects outside of the fair (you won’t miss it), take the ferry from East 35th Street (every 30 minutes, there in 20) or East 90th Street (every 10 minutes, there in 5 - Wed through Fri only). Tickets are $19 round-trip and can be used on either route.
  • Or take the Frieze bus Frieze Bus depart every 10 minutes from outside the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue.
  • If you have to drive, it’s best to get an Uber or a cab. There is limited valet parking.

Courtesy: Valerio Castelli

At the Fair

  • Frieze Video: Between 12:00 and 19:00, a selection of short films produced by the editors of frieze will be screened in the Frieze New York Auditorium. Amongst them, Art and Life, Ellen Mara De Wachter’s consideration of how plants might teach us to live ethically, and Productive Frustrations, in which Matthew McLean looks at what failed interviews might tell us about art criticism. Screenings will run at 12:00, 3:00 and 6:00pm.
  • Reading Room – Simon de Pury in conversation: In the first of this year’s Reading Room events, Artnet will host an hour-long discussion with the Swiss art auctioneer, collector and curator Simon de Pury ahead of the release of his new book, The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade. The conversation begins at 17:30 and you don’t need a ticket, but make sure to arrive early to secure a seat.
  • Don't miss this year's Frieze Projects, curated by Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York) and conceived by Alex Da Corte, Anthea Hamilton, David Horvitz, Eduardo Navarro, Heather Phillipson and Maurizio Cattelan.
  • Before visiting the Frame and Focus sections, make sure to read our interview with this year's advisors Jacob Proctor and Fabian Schöneich, who discuss the thinking behind each of the curated sections and select a few highlights, from newcomers Truth and Consequences to the Cologne-based Jan Kaps.
  • Frieze Sounds: Listen to brand new sound commissions from GCC, Liz Magic Laser and Giorgio Andreotta Calò in collaboration with MADRIEMA.
  • From the finest ice cream to the best burgers, make sure to keep our guide to the Frieze New York restaurants at hand.

Martin Creed, Work No. 2630 UNDERSTANDING, 2016, red neon and steel, installation view at Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York. Courtesy: the artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome, and Hauser & Wirth; photograph: Jason Wyche, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY © Martin Creed 2016

In the city

  • Across town in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Public Art Fund have unveiled Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed’s latest neon sculpture, a 25-foot-tall rotating ruby red sign that reads ‘UNDERSTANDING’.
  • Don’t miss three new exhibitions of female artists at the New Museum at 235 Bowery: Nicole Eisenman, Eva Papamargariti and the current frieze cover start Goshka Macuga.
  • At 525 West 24th Street, Andrea Rosen present the work of Felix Gonzales-Torres. Curated by Julie Ault and Roni Horn, the show is part of a three-part exhibition, which is split between Rose, London’s Hauser & Wirth and Massimo De Carlo, Milan.
  • Head to the Queens Museum to see the Frieze New York campaign in the flesh. The Panorama of the City of New York, a 9,355-square foot model of all five New York City boroughs was built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, and has been photographed by Spencer Lowell for this year's fair. Limited edition prints will be available from the Queen's Museum stand on Randall's Island (A3), with proceeds going towards the Museum’s education programs.

Ryan McNamara, Battleground, 2016. Photograph: SRGF


  • In addition to their booth at Frieze New York, tonight Matthew Marks Gallery will open two new exhibitions at their space on 522 West 22nd Street: ‘Jasper Johns: Monotypes’, which includes a number of monotypes created between 1983 and 2015, and ‘Ken Price: Drawings’, a collection of over 40 previously unseen drawings by the American ceramicist.
  • Tonight marks the final performance of Ryan McNamara's new work, Battleground, at the Guggenheim Museum. The new dance piece is described by the artist as a 'sci-fi cosplay house-music battle-ballet.'