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Frieze Los Angeles: Announcing Highlights for the Inaugural Edition Hosted at Paramount Pictures Studios, Including Special Gallery Presentations and Curated Artist Projects, Talks and Film

Los Angeles, CA
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More than 70 invited galleries will take part in the first Frieze Los Angeles – including a special selection of emerging spaces from the city – presenting a global cross-section of today’s most significant and exciting artists and creating an exceptional opportunity for collecting and discovery

The curated program will celebrate the unique creative spirit of Los Angeles. Artist projects, talks, films, restaurants and experiments in patronage and activism, will transform the movie set backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios into a symbolic cityscape where art is at the center of civic life 

Frieze today announces the programs and highlights for the launch edition of Frieze Los Angeles. The new annual contemporary art fair will feature more than 70 L.A.-based and international galleries, alongside a site-specific program of talks, music and commissioned artist projects organized in collaboration with leading curators. Hosted at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood from February 14 through February 17, 2019, Frieze Los Angeles will join Frieze New York, Frieze London and Frieze Masters at the forefront of the international art fair calendar, celebrating Los Angeles’ position as a global arts center and destination. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank will support the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

Taking place in a bespoke structure designed by Kulapat Yantrasast, Frieze Los Angeles is led by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and Bettina Korek (Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles). Joining them is curator of Frieze Talks and Frieze Music, Hamza Walker (Executive Director, LAXART), and curator Ali Subotnick, formerly of the Hammer Museum, who will commission Frieze Projects and Frieze Film. The curated programs and gallery presentations will feature figures at the vanguard of contemporary art and cultural conversation, with a strong L.A. presence, including artists Doug Aitken, Judy Chicago, Beatriz Cortez, Karon Davis, Tracey Emin, Gajin Fujita, Theaster Gates, Mona Hatoum, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Tala Madani, Paul McCarthy, Sondra Perry, Allen Ruppersberg, Tino Sehgal, Lee Ufan, and Lawrence Weiner; museum leaders and patrons Kristy Edmunds, Michael Govan, Maja Hoffman, Susan Nimoy and Hans Ulrich Obrist among many others; and non-profit organizations such as Women’s Center for Creative Work and Artists 4 Democracy who will be represented on site offering insights into activism and civic engagement.  

Victoria Siddall said, “The extremely positive reaction to Frieze Los Angeles from galleries is testament to the importance of this city which is so rich in great artists, museums, galleries, and art schools. I am thrilled with the response we have had and the strength of the exhibitor list, which includes exceptional contemporary art galleries from around the world as well as leading established and emerging spaces from L.A. We are working closely with our host venue Paramount Pictures Studios to present the imaginative curatorial programming that Frieze is known for in this unique and exciting environment. The strong support of the museums and collectors of Los Angeles, as well as the entire Endeavor network, and our partner Deutsche Bank, promise to make the fair a great success in its first edition.”

Bettina Korek said, “Frieze Los Angeles is poised to be an annual moment for Los Angeles that not only draws an influx of visitors to the city but also provides an opportunity for the city itself to engage with the incredible array of artists, educators, galleries, museums, and institutions that define our cultural landscape. Los Angeles is already on the contemporary art map. It is long overdue to have a spot on the international art world calendar.” 

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES SHOWING TODAY’S MOST EXCITING AND INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS 

More than 70 exhibitors have been selected and invited by a committee of peers to represent a cutting-edge selection of the galleries and artists from Los Angeles, across the United States and around the world. Bringing together a spectrum of galleries, from artist-run spaces launched within the last two years to the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, Frieze Los Angeles will create an exceptional environment for discovery and patronage under one tent.

LOS ANGELES GALLERIES

The fair will feature a selection of Los Angeles’ defining galleries, from the city’s most established spaces to its youngest. A subsidized platform will feature the best young galleries from across the city, at the front of the fair. 

US AND INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Leading galleries from across the US and around the world will also take part in the fair, including many who have participated in Frieze Art Fair since its inception in 2003. The participation of these exhibitors offers Los Angeles a key opportunity to engage with a global art audience, brought together in a unique, shared setting in Hollywood. 

SOLO & CURATED PRESENTATIONS

Galleries will present their most exciting and influential artists, with exceptionally ambitious presentations. Highlights include: 

Iconic and influential Californian artists such as

  • Mike Kelley’s sensational installation Unisex Love Nest (1999) will be shown for the first time in LA, exactly 20 years since its inception, in the city where it was conceived; 
  • Allen Ruppersberg (among other artists) with Marc Selwyn Fine Art, coinciding with the artist’s major Frieze Week exhibition at the Hammer Museum; 
  • Seminal American painter Wayne Thiebaud’s solo presentation of with Acquavella Galleries;
  • A solo of new works by LA-based artist Doug Aitken with 303 Gallery, which collectively, present a vision of Los Angeles, where the artist has lived and worked for many years;  
  • Kathryn Andrews with David Kordansky, presenting a new body of work inspired by the Black Dahlia murder in 1940s’ Los Angeles; 
  • LA Louver’s solo by the celebrated Los Angeles graffiti artist, Gaijin Fujita;
  • Kim Dingle with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, presenting new paintings and sculptures exploring the subversive edges of female childhood and myths of nationhood;  
  • Shio Kusaka’s presentation of ceramics alongside a mural by Dave Muller with Blum & Poe; and
  • Huguette Caland, Mary Corse and Ken Price all presented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran

 

Young galleries from L.A. representing the vanguard of contemporary art making in the city, such as: 

  • Park View/Paul Soto’s presentation of Mark A. Rodriguez, whose installation explores the mythical history of The Grateful Dead; 
  • Night Gallery’s pairing of painting by Claire Tabouret with furniture by Josh Callaghan; and 
  • Commonwealth and Council’s tribute to The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling with a collaborative exhibtion entitled “G.L.O.W (Greeting Land Outflowing Wormholes)” by Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza 

 

Today’s most exciting artists from across the US, Central and South America, including:

  • New York-based Lawrence Weiner responding to works by California’s John Baldessari, showing with Marian Goodman Gallery;  
  • Pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago (in a dual presentation with Carol Rama) presented by Jeffrey Deitch;
  • A solo by the Russian-born, New York-based artist Sanya Kantarovsky with Stuart Shave/Modern Art; and
  • São Paulo-based artist Paulo Nimer Pjota‘s solo presentation with Mendes Wood DM 

 

Major influential artists from across the world, including:

  • Danish artist Jeppe Hein, known for his interactive sculptures and installations, that combine elements of humour with traditions of minimalism and conceptual art; presenting a solo with König Galerie;  
  • Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan showing (among others) with Sfeir-Semler, following her celebrated exhibition at SFMoMA; 
  • Leading contemporary figures Tracey Emin, Theaster Gates, Mona Hatoum and Al Held presented by White Cube; 
  • kurimanzutto and Esther Schipper’s shared booth presenting three international artists, Anri Sala, Roman Ondak and Gabriel Kuri; and 
  • Gallery Hyundai’s presentation of François Morellet alongside iconic Korean artists including, Chung Sang-Hwa, Lee Ufan, Shin Sung Hy, Minjung Kim and Yeesookyung

 

THE LIFEWTR FUND

Building on a 15-year tradition of museum acquisition funds at Frieze Art Fairs, The LIFEWTR Fund will support the acquisition at the fair of a significant work for the Hammer Museum’s permanent collection. The acquisition will be announced at Frieze Los Angeles on the first preview day, Thursday February 14. 

PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIOS

Frieze Los Angeles is set in the historic Hollywood Paramount Pictures Studios. Paramount Pictures Studios and Frieze have worked closely together, alongside curators and artists, to produce an art fair experience like no other in the midst of a working film and television studio lot.

FRIEZE PROGRAM BEYOND THE GALLERY BOOTHS

The backlot is where artist projects, publications, creative enterprises and experiments in patronage will culminate in an immersive environment, for visitors to explore a bustling congregation of creative experiences. 

FRIEZE PROJECTS

Independent curator Ali Subotnick will oversee Frieze Projects, a sitespecific program of artists commissions, by local and international artists including Lisa Anne Auerbach, Sarah Cain, Catharine Czudej, Karon Davis, Cayetano Ferrer, Hannah Greely, Trulee Hall, Patrick Jackson, Barbara Kruger, Paul McCarthy, Kori Newkirk, and Tino Sehgal plus newly announced Eugenia P. Butler and Corazón del Sol, Max Hooper Schneider, Shahryar Nashat and Nicolas Party.

Launched with the first Frieze fair in 2003 and renowned for its bold, innovative interventions at the Frieze London and Frieze New York editions, Frieze Projects is an independently curated platform for artists to show ambitious, experimental work beyond gallery booths and outside the fair tent. Frieze Projects Los Angeles will create an immersive art experience for visitors, radically expanding the traditional art fair format and celebrating the practices of an array of local and international artist Activating the cinematic setting, works for Frieze Projects Los Angeles will be located around the New York Street movie set of Paramount Pictures Studios, in buildings, streets, and interior spaces that have been captured countless times in films, photographs, and television shows. Experienced together, Frieze Projects will create a disorienting atmosphere where visitors are placed in the unique dichotomy of an artificial New York City within Los Angeles.

FRIEZE TALKS

A core element of Frieze programming across all fairs, Frieze Talks in Los Angeles will provide a backstage view into the practices and inspirations of significant Los Angeles artists and creative talent, celebrating the city’s expansive arts landscape as an extension of the fair.  

Hamza Walker, Executive Director of the non-profit arts space LAXART, joins as curator of Frieze Talks. Frieze Talks will be hosted at LAXART in early February, with a music-inspired series organized in collaboration with music critic and scholar Josh Kun. The Frieze Talks program will continue as part of backlot programming at Frieze Los Angeles, with a series of conversations between various artists about the topic of making taking place at the Sherry Lansing Theatre. 

Frieze Talks in Collaboration with LAXART (February 1, 7 & 11)

Frieze Talks will launch in L.A. ahead of the fair, with a special program at LAXART. In the spirit of the game show Name That Tune that delighted millions of home viewers in the 1950s, Frieze Talks will challenge the ears and knowledge of select L.A. based artists whose work has an undeniable relationship to noise, sound, and/or popular music. Professor and music critic Josh Kun and curator Hamza Walker will test four artists over four evenings with a series of sonic fragments meant to thrill, confound, provoke, and entertain. Participants include, among others: 

  • Frances Stark (7pm, February 1, 2019);
  • Lauren Halsey (7pm February 7, 2019); and
  • Jim Shaw (7pm, February 11, 2019)  

 

Frieze Talks in the Sherry Lansing Theater (February 15 – 17)

As orchestrated pairings, these talks are meant to indulge eavesdropping. The artists, writers and scholars on this bill have been asked to let their hair down in informal conversation with a peer not just to talk about their work but about what excites them, angers them, gives them hope or instills reflection. Get a backstage view into to the practices of some of today’s leading visual artists as they discuss their practices deeply and openly. Participants include, among others:

  • Cauleen Smith in conversation with Sondra Perry (5pm, Saturday February 16, 2019);
  • Mary Weatherford in conversation with Suzanne Hudson (3.30pm, Sunday February 17, 2019); and 
  • Liz Larner in conversation with Ariana Reines (5pm, Sunday February 17, 2019)

 

CONVERSATIONS ON PATRONAGE

Bringing together patrons, civic leaders, gallerists, and arts organizations, Frieze’s new series Conversations on Patronage explores the social and civic impact of art patronage and helps visitors consider art’s central role within the greater landscape of Los Angeles. Conversations on Patronage expands the long-running series Conversations on Collecting, from a focus on collection-building and acquisitions to other, generative ways of supporting artists and arts organizations. 

Taking place in the Sherry Lansing Theater, highlights include:

  • 5pm on Thursday February 14: Kristy Edmunds in conversation with Susan Nimoy, Sarah Arison and Olivia Marciano 
  • 12pm on Friday February 15: Michael Govan (LACMA), Naima Keith (CAAM) and Andrew Perchuk (GRI) with Charlotte Burns on ‘“Expanding the Canon”
  • 5pm on Friday, February 15: Architect Frank Gehry in conversation with Maja Hoffman (LUMA Foundation) and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries)

 

CREATIVE ENTERPRISES & EXPERIMENTS IN PATRONAGE

Some of California’s most vital non-profit and activist organizations will present special shop projects in the backlot, including: 

  • Women’s Center for Creative Work, a network of women based in Los Angeles who promote art and feminism; 
  • A-Z West, an artwork located on over seventy acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park; 
  • Artists 4 Democracy (founded in 2018) who presents the Democracy Shop in a brownstone dwelling, selling politically minded wares to benefit Artists 4 Democracy’s 2020 Vision campaign;
  • Acid Free who will present a mini book fair, book store and salon; and
  • Pretend Plants and Flowers and andSons Chocolatiers, both second-generation creative enterprises, will present modern takes on the legacies they honor in their shared space on the backlot.

 

FRIEZE FILM

Taking place at the Paramount Theater, Frieze Film is curated by Ali Subotnick who has selected video works by international artists Tala Madani and Cécile B. Evans

  • Tala Madani will show recent animations The Crowd, Over Head Projection (the Crowd), Mr. Time, Spring, Cats and Cat Men, Plane Chaser, and Over Head Projection (Digger) (all 2018); screenings on Friday, February 15 and Sunday, February 17, 12 – 3 pm 
  • Cécile B. Evans will show What the Heart Wants, 2016; AGNES (the end is near) and Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen (both 2014); screening on Thursday, February 14 and Saturday, February 16, 11:30am – 3pm 

Frieze Film was launched at Frieze Art Fair in London in 2006 and has has featured commissions by Kara Walker, David Shrigley, Linder and Charles Atlas among many others. 

In addition, international galleries will present films by their artists in the Paramount Theater, including

  • Gagosian with Tom Sachs (6:30–8 pm, Friday, February 15); followed by a conversation with Werner Herzog and Sachs moderated by frieze’s Jennifer Higgie; and
  • kurimanzutto and Esther Schipper with Anri Sala (3.30–4:30 pm, Saturday, February 16) 

 

SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE

Taking place in the Paramount Theater, Frieze will premiere the fourth film in the “Second Summer of Love” series produced in collaboration with Gucci. After Jeremy Deller, Wu Tsang and Josh Blaaberg, Jenn Nkiru joins the project to direct the fourth film of the series. The film, on Detroit and Berlin techno culture, will premiere at Frieze Los Angeles. Nkiru’s most recent collaboration was shooting 2nd unit for Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s APESHIT directed by Ricky Saiz. She is also in development for her first feature-length music and culture doc with BBC Arts due for release in 2019. The premiere of Nkiru’s new film for the Second Summer of Love series will take place at 8pm on Thursday February 14. 

DEUTSCHE BANK ARTSPACE: TOM POPE

Fair visitors are invited to experience free membership of London based performance artist Tom Pope’s One Square Club, which is a unique premises measuring one square metre and offering premium facilities, including a bar, music and games. On entering the exclusive club, you will be participating in an experimental artwork hosted by Pope. The club, like a dormant stage, comes alive when the members and artist collaboratively engage. One Square Club will be found in the backlot of the fair and entry to the performance will be on a first-come, firstserved basis. Up to 3 people can enter the club together at one time. 

R.U.in.ART

Ruinart and Frieze further explore their long existing partnership with a new artistic initiative, R.U.in.ART Performance, which will be premiered at Frieze Los Angeles 2019. Working together Ruinart and Frieze have selected L.A.-based artist, Emily Mast, to create a performance piece inside the Ruinart lounge as part of the backlot program. R.U.in.ART Performance will annually invite an artist to realise an immersive experience in their space at Frieze Art Fair. Taking inspiration from the idea of a celebratory “champagne moment”, the chosen artist will create a new commission which will challenge the way we look at and interact with art. Enhancing the partnership between Frieze and Ruinart, whilst highlighting both brands commitment to working with artists and enabling them to create new work. 

WORLD-LEADING ARTS & LIFESTYLE PUBLICATIONS

The backlot will also feature magazines and newspapers including Art in America, Artforum, ARTnews, Cultured, Financial Times, frieze, Galerie Magazine, The Art Newspaper, and LALA among many others. In addition the Financial Times, The Hollywood Reporter and LA Review of Books will present special talks in the Sherry Lansing Theater during the fair. 

FOOD & DRINK

Frieze has invited some of Los Angeles’s most loved restaurants to pop up in the backlot at the fair, including Baroo, CINQUÉ, Coni’Seafood and Sqirl; plus New York’s iconic Roberta’s pizza. 

 

 

 

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