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Satellite fairs flock to Frieze New York

News A record number of smaller events is taking place to coincide with the main attraction

News and analysis

Frieze reveals new dates for New York

News The fair avoids a clash with next year's Venice Biennale

‘Access is key to the market today—it is more important than buying power’

News Collectors are increasingly seeking to acquire work from dealers before it goes on display at Frieze New York

Loeb battle costs Sotheby’s $15.7m

News The auction house announces the outcome of its costly seven-month battle with hedge fund Third Point

Also in this issue

Size isn't everything

Fair review The small scale of the Downtown Fair is part of its appeal


Doing a sterling job

Fair review How to exude calm self-assurance at the Artists and Designers fair

The story is the thing

Fair review The Outsider Art Fair, where the art is not made for a market

Before Frieze came Pelé, Duke Ellington and President Roosevelt

Feature This year, the art fair has organised a series of projects that engage with the history and local communities of Randall’s Island. We take a look back at key events of the past 50 years

Dan Graham’s pavilion goes to Mexico City

News Jumex Collection has bought the steel-and-glass work for around $600,000

The ugly truth about our sugar cravings

Feature Kara Walker’s new work continues her exploration of America’s racial history

Fifty shows that changed everything

Books According to the curator Jens Hoffmann

Los Angeles, 1970s style

Feature As Frieze Projects recreates the artist Allen Ruppersberg’s art hotel, which ran for six weekends in summer 1971, we look back at the art scene in the city 40 years ago

New galleries in New York

News analysis Art spaces open in Chelsea and the Upper East Side

Tate reveals Turner Prize shortlist

News The four finalists for this year’s Turner Prize have been announced


Artforum in-fighting

After reading the latest issue of Artforum, longtime contributor Gary Indiana felt compelled to write to its publisher, Knight Landesman, about the review of the Whitney Biennial penned by Helen Molesworth, the chief curator at the Institute of...


Italian Futurism 1909-44: Reconstructing the Universe

The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism in the US opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this month. “We’ve been wanting to do this show longer than I’ve worked here, and I’ve worked here for 20 years,” says Vivien Greene, the...
Gauguin: Metamorphoses 2014 Whitney Biennial Lygia Clark: the Abandonment of Art, 1948-88 When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South Oscar Murillo Glenn Brown Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010

The controversial Chris Ofili

The British artist Chris Ofili is no stranger to controversy. In 1999, his painting The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996, which depicted the Virgin surrounded by pornographic imagery and covered in elephant dung, was at the center of then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s threat to rescind public funding from the Brooklyn Museum, where the picture was on display at the “Sensation” exhibition. In this clip, Ofili discusses his 2002 work The Upper Room, which was purchased by the Tate amid more tumult in 2006, as the artist sat on the museum’s board of trustees as the time of purchase. His latest exhibition, “Night and Day,” (at the New Museum, New York, until 25 January 2015) opened this week.

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