Just as Art Basel Miami Beach gets into gear in Florida, there’s some big art-media news: Frieze has named as its publisher Rebecca Ann Siegel, the cofounder and publisher of Even, a thrice-yearly magazine that has tackled international art and politics with perspicacity and verve since 2015.
Even, which Siegel founded with New York Times art critic Jason Farago, who served as its editor, will be ending its run.
“Jason and I did something that most people thought was impossible—we started a serious, high-quality print art magazine from scratch, and it actually made a little money,” Siegel told me in an email today. “As a founder, you’re responsible for just about everything, from the mail room to customer service to advertising to logistics. I have enormous admiration for Amanda and Matthew,” Frieze’s founders, Sharp and Slotover, “who took a similar risk in the 1990s, and I am honored to take up the reins at Frieze.”
Siegel will be stationed between New York and London, according to a news release from Frieze, and will work with the magazine’s editorial director, Jennifer Higgie, on both print and digital fronts.
“Rebecca is a brilliant publisher with a unique understanding of how print and digital can work together in a fresh, modern way, while championing critical thinking,” Nick Chapin, Frieze’s director of publishing, said in a statement to press. “We are particularly pleased to have Rebecca joining our team in New York with a global remit.”
Siegel has previously worked at the art advisory firm Ruth Catone and Pace Gallery, and is chair of the board of the Friends of Mount Sinai, the New York health system. At Even, her portfolio also included hosting its charming podcast, Hidden Noise (like the magazine’s title, a Duchamp reference). In addition, she served as co-editor, with Farago, of Out of Practice, a recently released anthology of Even’s first 10 issues.
“Every editor dreams of a publisher who offers you the resources you need, and the leeway you need, to do the most ambitious writing and thinking you can,” Farago said in an email today. “And that’s exactly what I had for the last four years at Even—Rebecca has been not just my colleague and co-founder but an essential partner in crime. We’ve both been a little sleep-deprived since 2015, but that’s because we both believed so strongly in the mission of our magazine. Stepping away from Even is the right choice for both of us, though. And I can’t wait to see what she gets up to at Frieze, a magazine I have my own fond history with.”