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Frieze Masters for New York?

Dealers say there is a "huge market" for more traditional works

Dealers are urging the organisers of Frieze to launch an edition of Frieze Masters in New York. The inaugural edition of the fair, which was held in London last October, included art ranging from Medieval gargoyles and Old Masters to works made up to the year 2000.

“We don’t have an Old Masters fair here, and there is a huge market and interest in one,” says the paintings dealer Richard Feigen. 

The art adviser Todd Levin, the director of the Levin Art Group, has reservations about the fair’s ability to lure Old Master buyers, most of whom are based in Europe. But the dealer Edward Tyler Nahem, who offered works by Basquiat and Picasso at Frieze Masters, thinks “the time is ripe” for a New York edition, describing other attempts at similar fairs in the city as “feeble”.

Victoria Siddall, the director of Frieze Masters, says: “We have no plans for [an edition] in New York but are of course flattered by the interest and enthusiasm, and will bear this in mind in future plans.” 

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