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Nov. 18, 2011

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A formidable lineup of 160 galleries from 28 countries has been announced by the Frieze Art Fair for its first-ever New York edition, May 4-7, 2012, at Randall’s Island Park. Many of the usual heavy hitters -- Massimo de Carlo, Contemporary Fine Arts, Sean Kelly Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Sprüth Magers, Perrotin, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, David Zwirner -- are in attendance, though apparently Gagosian Gallery opted out this time around.

For the New York debut, Frieze is introducing a new section called Focus, for galleries that have opened since 2001, and will show up to three artists. The standard section for young galleries, Frame, continues, but only solo presentations are allowed there. Focus galleries include CANADA, James Fuentes LLC and Reena Spaulings Fine Art from New York, and Hollybush Gardens, Limoncello and Hotel from London. Meanwhile, at Frame, Shane Turner Contemporary presents artist Jose Antonio Vega Macotela from Los Angeles, Marcelle Alix from Paris brings Charlotte Moth and New York’s Bureau is showing Justin Matherly.

 “The number and quality of applications to our first American fair matched our ambition in ensuring this was a leading international fair from the beginning,” said founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover in the announcement. “New York promises to show the most interesting contemporary art being produced right now. We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead celebrating the 10th anniversary of Frieze Art Fair, London, and the launches of both Frieze New York and Frieze Masters.”

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