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Meet Loring Randolph

Artistic Director
Frieze
MA Art Business, London, 2006

Loring Randolph is the Artistic Director of the Americas for Frieze Art Fairs. Here is an excerpt of her interview with Artnet, in which she discusses her career path in the art world and her plans for one of the most prestigious art fairs in the world.

Education: I did an art history degree and a BFA in graphic design, both at at the University of Michigan, and my masters through Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.

Entering the workforce: At the Sotheby’s Institute, I wrote my thesis on the contemporary art market, and I interviewed a lot of gallery people. That was how I got my first job, by interviewing Faye Fleming, the curator at Timothy Taylor. She liked the kinds of questions I was asking, and she hired me as an intern. I worked with her on the Richard Patterson show and a few other projects, and then they offered me a job after my internship was over.

How I got the job I have now: I’ve been working at art fairs, at Frieze in London and New York, and Art Basel in Miami and Switzerland, since 2006. That was a good 10 years of art fair participation, shaping my understanding of how that side of the business really works. I got to know Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp through those experiences, and then over the summer, the recruiting person for the Frieze Americas approached me about the artistic director role.

Advice for those who want my job: You can come to a job like this from a lot of different areas. The woman who had this job before me came from a museum background. If you’re an art history student, you can approach this community from so many directions. You can be an academic, a curator, an artist studio manager—it’s really just about putting yourself out there.

Putting my stamp on Frieze: I think people are going to experience almost an entirely new fair this year. We’ve redesigned the layout, so instead of having one giant structure with a snaking row of booths, we’ve compartmentalized the fair into five individual tents. One will be a spotlight on the 20th century, which I think will be helpful—like we have Masters in London. In the center of the fair is Frame, the younger section. It ends up being the heart of the fair as opposed to getting lost on the periphery of fair.

I really want the fair to be a place of more diversity that’s progressive and innovative. Coming from the gallery side, I saw a chance to implement a vision that would enhance the experience for dealers and the public alike.

Read the full interview here.