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Frieze New York Seeks to Expand the Conversation about Art in its 2019 Edition, Featuring Ambitious Gallery Presentations, Collaborations with Museum Directors, New Curated Sections, and Special Exhibitions, Alongside the Launch of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center in New York.

Led by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and Loring Randolph (Artistic Director, Americas), Frieze New York introduces an unprecedented number of collaborations with leading museum directors from institutions in New York and across the US. Patrick Charpenel (Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio, New York) and Susanna V. Temkin (Curator) will curate Diálogos, a new themed section for Latino and Latin American art. Franklin Sirmans (Director of the Perez Art Museum Miami) also joins the fair to oversee this year’s tribute section celebrating the enduring legacy of Linda Goode Bryant and her pivotal New York gallery, Just Above Midtown (JAM). A new exhibition of Virtual Reality artwork will be curated by Daniel Birnbaum (renowned curator, Director of Acute Art and formerly the Director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm); and artist, Javier Téllez will curate an exhibition of self-taught artists in collaboration with The Outsider Art fair. Frieze New York will also collaborate with Courtney J. Martin (Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the DIA Art Foundation) to oversee the 2019 Frieze Artist Award, supporting a new commission by an emerging artist. Laura Hoptman (Executive Director of the Drawing Center, New York), is the curatorial advisor of the fair’s Spotlight section, dedicated to 20th-century pioneers. Finally, Laura McLean-Ferris (Curator, Swiss Institute) and Andrew Bonacina (Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield) return to advise Frame, the fair’s section for galleries aged 10 years or younger.

We are looking for contemporary art professionals, with extensive 20th and 21st century art knowledge, who enjoy working with people. You will be required to give up to 4 tours per day and you would need to have availability from 29 April to 5 May 2019 inclusive.

Key responsibilities:

Researching and developing a tour of Frieze New York, presenting work within a range of periods and media;

Delivering up to four tours per day in a highly dynamic, engaging and inclusive style;

Adapting tour material to suit private group requirements;

Introducing guests to key gallery personnel;

Providing accurate and appropriate information to varied audiences;

Answering visitor questions related to the Fair layout, design and facilities;

Liaising with gallery staff, curators and Frieze staff;

Reporting to the Tours Manager with feedback on each tour given;


Excellent verbal and written communication skillsin English;

Excellent administrativeskills and highly organised;

Excellent personal presentation and faultless punctuality;

An in-depth awareness of the global art market, galleries and art fairs;

A degree in Curating, Critical Writing, Art History or other associated field of study;

Able to interact with both diplomacy and discretion when representing Frieze with patrons of disparate demographics;

Flexible approach to working hours;

Highly desirable:

Tour guiding or docent experience within an arts context;

A network of existing contacts within the gallery world;

Experience in gallery sales;

Ability to provide tours in languages other than English, eg Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian

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