Frieze Art Fairs has named Loring Randolph, a longtime director at New York’s Casey Kaplan gallery, its new artistic director of the Americas, the fair announced. Randolph, who begins in the new role in mid-October, shared the news with the artists in the Kaplan stable late last week.
In the position, Randolph will work with Frieze’s director, Victoria Siddall, and Jo Stella-Sawicka—who is artistic director of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia—as a liaison for galleries and collectors with a focus on Frieze New York, but also Frieze London and Frieze Masters.
“I have participated for many years in Frieze Art Fairs as an exhibitor and my perspective in this regard offers some unique insights into my new role,” Randolph said in a statement. “Frieze is a progressive organization that is poised for growth, and I greatly look forward to working with my colleagues—the array of world-class galleries, curators, writers and collectors that partner with the Frieze fairs—to present an unparalleled experience at Frieze in the quality of gallery presentations by today’s most significant international artists.”
Randolph spent 11 years at Casey Kaplan, where she was also a partner, and worked closely with artists such as Liam Gillick, Trisha Donnelly, Sarah Crowner, Kevin Beasley, Hugh Scott-Douglas, and many others. Prior to her time at Casey Kaplan, Randolph worked for London dealer Timothy Taylor, and before that for Sotheby’s in both London and New York.
“As a former exhibitor, Loring brings an invaluable perspective that will help us continue to improve all aspects of what we do for our exhibiting galleries, whose groundbreaking presentations are the core of the Fairs,” Siddall said in the statement. “She also brings experience and expertise in the New York art world and the Americas that will continue to grow our partnerships with galleries, museums, collectors, and artists across the region, as well as to engage with our community in the city.”
The news comes four months after the departure of the previous artistic director, Abby Bangser, who left to be the deputy director of strategic initiatives for the Dia Art Foundation.