in Frieze | 20 DEC 18

‘Pushing The Boundaries Of What An Art Fair Can Be’: New Curators for Frieze New York 2019

Patrick Charpenel, Courtney J. Martin and Franklin Sirmans will join Frieze New York 2019

in Frieze | 20 DEC 18


An unprecedented number of museum leaders will collaborate on new themed sections and artist commissions at the 2019 edition of Frieze New York. 

“It is an honor to collaborate with these institutional leaders who are at the forefront of shaping the art and ideas of today. With their contribution, Frieze New York 2019 will offer an experience that is both dynamic and challenging – pushing the boundaries of what an art fair can be.” (Loring Randolph, Artistic Director, Frieze)

Patrick Charpenel (Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio, New York) and El Museo del Barrio will curate a new section focussed on the work of contemporary Latino and Latin American artists to coincide with El Museo del Barrio’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Titled Diálogos, this curated section positions the work of established and emerging artists, and will reflect El Museo’s long-standing mission of presenting and preserving the art and culture of these communities. With the aim of bringing together a selection of galleries from across the United States and Latin America, this specially curated section will place in dialogue Latino and Latin American artists. Invited galleries are asked to present work by artists who have played a significant role in El Museo’s history, and who represent the next generation of artists and cultural leaders.

PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans with Lawrence Weiner, A WALL BUILT TO FACE THE LAND & FACE THE WATER AT THE LEVEL OF THE SEA, 2008. Photo by Angel Valentin. Courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami

Franklin Sirmans (Director of the Perez Art Museum, Miami) will organize a tribute to an iconic non-profit New York arts organization, Just Above Midtown (JAM), which was an extremely important hub and platform for artists in the 1970s and ’80s. This area of the fair will thereby honor the enduring legacy of social activist and significant New York figure, Linda Goode Bryant, founder of JAM. Sirmans and Goode Bryant will reimagine the legendary space with a section of solo artist presentations by invited galleries, and Frieze will contribute 10% of the fees from the galleries in the section to Goode Bryant’s current non-profit initiative, Project Eats: a neighborhood-based urban agricultural partnership and social enterprise that creates sustainable food production and equitable distribution of those resources within and between communities.

The Frieze Artist Award will also return for the second year in New York, curated by Courtney J. Martin (DIA Art Foundation), supporting a major new commission by an emerging artist at the fair. Applications are open until January 10, 2019 and the winning artist will be announced in the Spring.

Courtney J. Martin. Noa Griffel Photography/Courtesy Tory Daily

Finally, as part of a new year-round collaboration between Frieze New York and The Drawing Center (New York), Laura Hoptman, Executive Director, is the new curatorial advisor of the Spotlight section. Hoptman will oversee the fair’s program dedicated to pioneers of avant-garde art from across the world, with solo presentations of significant work by overlooked figures and rarely seen practices of modern masters.

Charpenel, Hoptman, Martin and Sirmans join returning curators Laura McLean-Ferris (Swiss Institute, New York) and Andrew Bonacina (The Hepworth Wakefield), who oversee Frame, the fair’s celebrated section for galleries aged 12 years or younger; and Tom Eccles and Amy Zion from Bard College, who will once again program Frieze Talks.

Participating galleries and further information about Frieze New York 2019 will be announced in the new year.