Frieze to acquire the Armory Show and Expo Chicago

The Armory Show, 2021 at the Javits Center, New York City. Photograph: Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy Wikimedia Creative Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Frieze, one of the largest platforms for modern and contemporary art, has announced its recent acquisition of The Armory Show in New York and Expo Chicago, two of the longest-running art fairs in the United States.

‘These acquisitions mark a transformational moment in Frieze’s growth and allow us to extend the depth and breadth of our presence in the US – the world’s leading art market’, said Simon Fox, CEO of Frieze in a statement. ‘New York and Chicago each have their own distinct ecosystem of artists, galleries, museums, and collectors. By expanding our presence in both cities, we will build on the strong track record we have established in the US at Frieze New York and Frieze Los Angeles.’ 

Both fairs will continue to operate under their existing brands and with their current teams. 

Besides the recent acquisition, Frieze is running three magazines – Frieze, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week – as well as five international art fairs: Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze Los Angeles, Frieze New York and Frieze Seoul.

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