Frieze New York: 1% from the 1% Community Benefit


  • Brings in $8 million in revenue from gallery booth rentals alone.
  • Pays less than $1/sq foot on public park land on which it mounts its massive tent.


  • Have a median household income that is between $20,000 to $30,000 respectively, one-third of the cost of a booth rented by a blue chip gallery.
  • Have long been fighting against privatization and to keep Randall’s Island accessible to its local residents.


  • What if Frieze New York gave back to the neighborhoods that surround Randall’s Island in return for its takeover of public land?
  • What if Frieze New York redistributed the massive accumulation of wealth it participates in each year during the fair?
  • What if 1% of the estimated $8 million fair revenue were granted to artists and arts organizations in East Harlem and South Bronx?

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5 thoughts on “Frieze New York: 1% from the 1% Community Benefit

  1. Yes. Community benefits and fair labor practice should not be pitted against each other. Demonstrating a financial accountability to the surrounding communities that needs funds for cultural development and local hire practice should go hand in hand.

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