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Why We Love Frieze


For five years, WestHouse has been a proud partner of the Frieze Art Fair, one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs. As an organization, Frieze comprises of three renowned arts publications, four international art fairs including New York, London, and Los Angeles, and Frieze Academy, a program of influential discussions on the direction of contemporary art and culture.

This May, Frieze heads back to Randall Island for their New York Art Fair from May 2nd-5th. After a quick cab from WestHouse to West 35th street, visitors can take a ferry ride to Randall’s Island to see and buy works from more than 1,000 of the world’s most coveted artists and experience a variety of talks and performances on the subject. Book your ticket in advance to take advantage of the exhibitions planned for the island, including these highlights:

See the Overlooked Masterpieces at Spotlight

As part of a new year-long collaboration with Manhattan’s The Drawing Center, Executive Director Laura Hoptman will help direct the curation of this year’s Spotlight section at the fair. Frieze’s Spotlight aims to showcase pieces from modern masters that are overlooked or rarely seen by the public. This year, Hoptman is focusing on artists with important stories to share, like modern pioneers Louise Fishman, Knox Martin and Elvira Bach. 2019’s Spotlight section will also have a special emphasis on the “radical potential of drawing.”


Move Between the Sculptures

2019’s Frieze Artist Award Winner, Lauren Halsey, has been commissioned to create an architectural invention for this year’s fair. Her work is known for incorporating found objects and serving as standalone, interactive spaces. Inspired by Afrofuturism, hip hop and funk, Halsey often collaborates with the South Central L.A. community in which she lives. For this year’s Frieze New York, Halsey has created a space of columns and other structures that visitors will be encouraged to move around and experience, offering a unique opportunity to interact directly with the art.

Discover the Art of Virtual Reality

Nowadays, it’s hard to escape the advances of technology, even in the art world. This year marks an exciting debut of an exhibit centered on Virtual Reality. Daniel Birnbaum, the former Director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, has curated the exhibition to illustrate the most exciting advances in reality art production.

Get Lost in the Reading Room

Want to take a break from the visual stimulation? Visit the Reading Room to browse, skim and buy from a collection of the world’s best art and culture publications, or participate in the daily events led by the featured writers and artists.