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Frieze Cancels New York Art Fair Amid Coronavirus Concerns


Frieze New York has been canceled “in light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19,” Frieze said on Wednesday.

The art fair was to take place May 7-10 at Randalls Island Park, with 200 participating galleries and a special focus on artists of Latin descent and the Chicago artist community.

The decision follows the cancellations and postponements of various international art fairs amid the coronavirus pandemic. Art Basel Hong Kong was canceled, and has an online viewing room; Tefaf Maastricht in the Netherlands closed early; and Art Cologne has been moved to November.

In a joint statement, Victoria Siddall, the global director of Frieze Fairs, and Loring Randolph, Frieze New York’s director, cited advice and restrictions from health authorities as the reason for the cancellation.

In lieu of the physical fair, Frieze said it was developing a virtual viewing room that will be tied to Frieze New York.

“We look forward to Frieze New York 2021,” Ms. Siddall and Ms. Randolph added.

Frieze also said that Frieze Sculpture, which was to open at Rockefeller Center on April 22, will be postponed until the summer.

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