The highly-anticipated, very first Frieze New York contemporary art fair will be held next spring, May 4-7, at Randall's Island Park in Manhattan. As a result of wide demand from collectors and galleries alike, and after several years of planning, London's Frieze Art Fair will expand its location of operations; consequently, it will be heading into fierce competition with the elite Armory Show.
The concept of the fair has been developed much like that of the existing London's Frieze – an exhibition of contemporary art in a temporary structure designed by architects. As in London, a park was decided on for the location; specifically which park was the subject of long negotiations.
Although the fair itself is, at least theoretically, far into the future, the list of participants has already been leaked. This has caused some intrigue in the world's art market, markedly due to the absence of a couple of prominent galleries (Gogosian and Pace). The current tally is 160 galleries, from 28 countries.
Of course, it must be mentioned that the following elite representative galleries from New York will be showing: David Zwirner, 303 and James Cohan, as well as the London galleries, Stephen Friedman, Frith Street and Lisson.
An interesting aside is the fact that the prestigious Regina Gallery, which since May 2010 has been dislocated from Moscow to London, has presented itself as a participant from London.
High-profile galleries from Scandinavia that plan to show are Nicolai Wallner (Copenhagen) and Standard (Oslo). The gallery Crystal (Stockholm) will debut in the section of the fair dedicated to new galleries – Frame, and the gallery Johan Berggren (Malmö) will present in the section Focus.
More on fair trends, both visible and sensed, as well as reports on the most interesting exhibits, will be coming in May of 2012.