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Frieze Masters 2019: Highlights of Eighth Edition Include Solos, Immersive Installations, Remarkable Artworks and Talks Opening Up Diverse Perspectives Across Art History

Event Date: 
3 October 2019 to 6 October 2019
London, UK
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Frieze Masters Talks to feature Ai Weiwei, Elizabeth Peyton, Mark Bradford, Michael Craig-Martin and Edmund de Waal

Frieze Masters 2019 returns to The Regent’s Park from 3 to 6 October, offering an unparalleled opportunity to discover historic artwork from across the world in the heart of London. This year new expertise in 20th-century and Asian art is brought to the fair with the addition of Laura Hoptman (The Drawing Center, New York) and Amin Jaffer as curatorial advisors. Set within a structure designed by Annabelle Selldorf, the eighth edition will bring together six millennia of art history, from exquisite antiquities, to Old Master paintings and luminaries of the 20th century, creating an exceptional environment to discover and acquire.

Frieze Masters coincides with Frieze London and Frieze Sculpture in The Regent’s Park, together forming the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supports Frieze Masters for the eighth consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

Opening up new perspectives across art history, the 2019 programme is shaped by curators from world-class institutions, working in collaboration with Victoria Siddall (Global Director, Frieze Fairs) and Nathan Clements-Gillespie (Artistic Director, Frieze Masters). For the first time, Laura Hoptman (The Drawing Center, New York) will curate Spotlight at Frieze Masters, comprising solo presentations by revolutionary figures of the 20th century; writer and art historian Amin Jaffer also joins the curatorial roster on the Collections section, alongside Sir Norman Rosenthal (independent curator); and Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts, London) returns to oversee the celebrated Frieze Masters Talks programme featuring today’s leading contemporary artists in conversation with museum curators and directors.

Victoria Siddall said: ‘This year’s editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters embody the exceptional international spirit of London, a city that is a meeting point for art, ideas and people from all over the world. We will welcome the most significant galleries from around the globe, across both fairs, some of whom are joining us for the first time. They represent art and artists from around the globe, from the Asian influence on Collections at Frieze Masters, to new galleries joining Frieze London from Brazil, Lebanon, Estonia and South Korea, as well as leading programmes from the USA and Europe. The two fairs and Frieze Sculpture, along with exhibitions opening during Frieze Week including Kara Walker in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern and Elizabeth Peyton at the National Portrait Gallery, make Frieze in London a vital and truly global cultural moment in the city.'

Frieze Masters Talks will feature Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Elizabeth Peyton and Michael Craig-Martin; alongside solo and themed presentations across the fair by artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Max Beckmann, Pierre Bonnard, Sandro Botticelli, Frank Bowling, Eugène Delacroix, Albrecht Dürer, Elisabeth Frink, General Idea, Eileen Gray, Keith Haring, Susan Hiller, Wassily Kandinsky, Lee Krasner, Georges Mathieu, Piet Mondrian, Louise Nevelson, Nam June Paik, Gordon Parks, Pablo Picasso, Howardena Pindell, Michelangelo Pistoletto, S H Raza, Bridget Riley, Kurt Schwitters, Ming Smith, Frank Stella, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol and Rachel Whiteread; rare books and ethnographic objects from around the world; and exceptional works from across the continent of Asia, including ancient Chinese bronzes, 12th-century Japanese Buddhist sculpture and calligraphy, and Indian paintings from the 16th to 18th centuries.

THE WORLD’S LEADING GALLERIES

Frieze Masters continues to expand the world of art at the fair, with new and returning galleries who are forerunners in their field.

Leaders in 20th-century art include long-time participants Acquavella Galleries, Hauser & Wirth, Dickinson, Eykyn Maclean, Gagosian, Marlborough, Castelli, Massimo De Carlo, Skarstedt and David Zwirner; as well as exciting additions for 2019 such as Galerie Perrotin, Mai 36 Galerie, Lisson Gallery and Mignoni.

Early Modern and Old Master dealers regular to the fair include Bacarelli Botticelli, Colnaghi, Sam Fogg, Johnny Van Haeften, and Stair Sainty Gallery who are joined by Agnews and Trinity Fine Art, both taking part for the first time. 

Experts in ancient art will include Sycomore Ancient Art, Ariadne Galleries and Galerie Chenel alongside specialists in Chinese art Gisèle Croës - Arts d’Extrême Orient and Indian art Francesca Galloway, following their celebrated debuts last year.

SOLO PRESENTATIONS BY PIONEERING ARTISTS

Frieze Masters will be an exceptional opportunity to view and acquire works by artists featuring in museum exhibitions and collections around the world.

Highlights include solos by ground-breaking women artists:

  • Susan Hiller (1940-2019): Lisson Gallery (London) will celebrate the late artist’s innovative, multi-faceted career of almost half a century, with a solo booth exploring themes of domesticity, family and gender roles, and featuring some of the artist’s earliest known works, many on show for the first time.
  • Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread’s solo presentation with Luhring Augustine (New York), focused on important early works, both drawings and sculptures
  • Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) with a selection of sculptures and collages, dating from 1955 until the late 1980s. Louise Nevelson was an emblematic figure of twentieth-century art and distinguished herself in the international art scene through her search for acuniversal language (Gió Marconi).
  • Gina Pane (1939-1990) – member of the 1970s Body Art movement in France, called “Art corporel” – including three large-scale installations: Aqua Alta Pali Venezia (1968-1970), Stripe Rake (1969), and Voyage sentimental - Partition pour une tablette de chocolat (1983-1984) (kamel menour, Paris)
  • Oils on canvas by the Swiss artist Verena Loewensberg (1912-1986), co-founder of the Concrete Art Movement in Zurich (The Mayor Gallery, London)

 

Further solos and two-artist presentations by major figures include:

  • Pioneering video artist Nam June Paik’s (1936-2002) solo presentation with Gallery Hyundai (Seoul), ahead of his major Tate Modern Retrospective, opening in October 2019.
  • Solo presentation as extention from 2018 exhibition “Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring early photographs and works on paper (Sperone Westwater, New York) 
  • British Pop artist Michael Craig-Martin with a solo retrospective of drawings dating from 1967-2000, all selected from the artist’s own archive with Cristea Roberts Gallery (London)
  • Solo presentation of Keith Smith known for sewing photographs into quilts, explored etching, drawing and transferring images to shoes and fabrics (Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York)
  • Founder of lyrical abstraction Georges Mathieu (1921-2012); an artist included in more than 80 museums and public collections (Galerie Perrotin, Paris)
  • A dialogue between the work of Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) and Donald Judd (1928-1994), showing Noland’s stripe paintings alongside Judd’s multicolored wall sculptures (Mignoni, New York)

 

EXTRAORDINARY ARTWORKS AND OBJECTS

Frieze Masters will offer rare opportunities to view and acquire exceptional, and sometimes previously unseen, works from the Ancient era through to the Renaissance and Modern masters. Highlights inlude:

  • The last work by Sandro Botticelli (1445 – 1510) available on the international market, a Portrait of Michele Marullo (Trinity Fine Art, London)
  • Bronzes from ancient China, including a bronze wine vessel, jiao Late Shang dynasty (ca 1300-1046 BC); and a bronze bell, Nao Late Shang dynasty (circa 1600-1046 BC) (Gisèle Croës Gallery, Belgium)
  • A previously unknown Helmet Head by Henry Moore (1898 – 1986), following recent exhibition at Wallace Collection (Osborne Samuels Gallery, London)
  • Iconic ceramics by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), in conversation with Roman antiquities (Galerie Chenel, Paris)
  • Albrecht Dürer’s (1471-1528) cutting-edge artist’s manuals from the 16th century, instructing his students in his methods of rendering proportion and perspective; alongside extraordinary 16th- and 17thcentury works exploring the art of perspective, by those he influenced (Dr Günther Rare Books)

 

IMMERSIVE INTERIORS & THEMED EXHIBITIONS

Galleries will stage ambitious and imaginative installations, paying tribute to pivotal moments, figures and movements in cultural history. Highlights include:

  • A curated booth of painting and sculpture, looking at the enduring impact of certain London art schools from the 1960s onward; featuring leading British artists including Peter Blake, Anthony Caro, Patrick Caulfield, Michael Craig-Martin, Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Heron, David Hockney, John Hoyland, Michael Landy, Kim Lim, Lisa Milroy, Fiona Rae, Bridget Riley and William Turnbull with whom the gallery has worked with over the past 50 years (Waddington Custot, London)
  • A curated presentation marking 40 years since the founding of China’s Stars group, a short-lived avant-garde group of self-taught artists operating in Beijing between 1979 and 1983, staging outdoor exhibitions, street demonstrations and public readings (10 Chancery Lane & Boers-li)
  • Leading dealers in fine and decorative arts join forces to create the Viennese Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art – featuring iconic Viennese Secessionist artists from around 1900 (Richard Nagy and Yves Macaux)
  • Coinciding with ‘Modern Maharaja’ at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), Prahlad Bubbar presents ‘Modernist and Art Deco Paradise: Indore’, reimagining the visual world of the Indian Maharaja Yashwant Rao Holkar II, who built and furnished his palace, Manik Bagh or Jewelled Garden, with supreme examples of art and design from Mughal and Maratha artefacts to Western modern masterpieces.
  • ‘Before or After, at the Same Time: Rome, Milan, and Fabio Mauri’, an exploration of post-war Italian art; taking the life of Fabio Mauri an artist, writer and intellectual as a starting point to explore Italian visual culture. Featuring Carla Accardi, Franco Angeli, Enrico Baj, Alberto Burri, Alighiero Boetti, Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, Piero Dorazio, Lucio Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Piero Manzoni, Gastone Novelli, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano and Cy Twombly. (Hauser & Wirth and Moretti Fine Art)
  • ‘Lyrical Abstraction: Rediscovering Freedom in Post-War Europe’. Celebrating the spontaneity of the Art Informel movement, Dickinson will showcase works by Alberto Burri, Jean Dubuffet, Georges Mathieu, Lucio Fontana, Antoni Tàpies and Manolo Millares. (Dickinson, London)
  • 50 years after the first Moon landings: Celestial Bodies themed project on artistic interpretations of the Moon, featuring Lucio Fontana’s (1899-1968) Concetti spaziali, Fausto Melotti’s (1901-1986) La Cometa, Giulio Turcato’s (1912-1995) Paesaggio lunare and Superficie lunare (Mazzoleni, London)

 

NEW FOR 2019: LAURA HOPTMAN TO CURATE SPOTLIGHT

Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center in New York joins Frieze Masters to oversee the fair’s Spotlight section, featuring solo presentations by ground-breaking artists of the 20th century. Spanning painting, photography, sculpture, drawing and conceptual installations, highlights for 2019 include:

  • Pioneering New York figures such as Ming Smith, the first African American female photographer to have her work acquired by the Museum of Modern Art; Gordon Parks, presented in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation, focusing on portraiture and Parks’ depiction of Black American experience from 1940-70; and Howardena Pindell, founding member of the feminist space A.I.R. with key works from the 1970s.
  • Radical collectives such as General Idea, a collaboration between AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal from 1969-94 that stood in opposition to the idea of the artist as the individual genius; and Slovenian artist group OHO, who during the 1960s and ‘70s proposed a new world where there would be no hierarchical difference between people and things.
  • Plus diverse and pioneering figures from around the world, such as German artist KP Brehmer, who found new ways to visualise global capitalism through political Pop Art; Maruja Mallo, a central figure in the Spanish group Generation of ’27 (alongside Salvador Dalí, Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel) with works touching upon Surrealism, mathematics, politics and gender; and Bruno Munari, with an exhibition focusing on the artist’s experiments with light since the 1940s.

 

NEW FOR 2019: AMIN JAFFER TO CO-CURATE COLLECTIONS

Amin Jaffer, curator and writer on art and culture in South Asia, joins Frieze Masters to co-curate the Collections section with Sir Norman Rosenthal (independent curator). This year’s Collections section will bridge eastern and western artistic cultures and histories through themed presentations of remarkable art and objects. Highlights include:

  • Portraits of Europeans and European themes by South Asian painters questioning the Occidental vision of the Other and linking it to current concerns about racism and legacies of slavery (Alexis Renard, Paris)
  • A presentation of classical and modern Japanese art within the context of Buddhism and Zen philosophy, from 12th-century Buddhist figures to avant-garde Post War avant-garde painting (Gregg Baker Asian Art).
  • Visions of Ancient Iran and the Eurasian Steppes: A tribute to pioneering collector David David-Weill, showcasing works from a single collection. (Galerie Kevorkian, Paris).
  • S H Raza’s black-and-white monochromatic works, based upon Indian traditional forms, executed by the Indian artist in Paris from 1977-1996; placed in dialogue with antiquities (Grosvenor Gallery).
  • An exhibition showcasing the breadth of North European art during the 19th century, from the symbolist landscapes of Scandinavian painter L. A. Ring, to the revival of architectural painting as seen in the work of Dutch artist Willem Witsen, to portraits by artists such as P.S. Krøyer, Denmark’s leading impressionist (Van der Meij Fine Arts).
  • A solo show of original furniture and objects by Eileen Gray, one of the most important designers of the 20th century and pioneer of the Modern Movement (Gilles Peyroulet & Cie, Paris).
  • “The Materials of Sculpture” to show how wide and multi-faceted the concept of sculpture is, in historical, cultural or social contexts (Callisto Fine Arts, London).

 

FRIEZE MASTERS TALKS CURATED BY TIM MARLOW

The acclaimed Frieze Masters Talks returns in 2019 featuring contemporary artists discussing the influence of historical art on their research and practice. Programmed by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts) participants include:

  • Mark Bradford in conversation with the Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries Hans-Ulrich Obrist (12pm, Thursday 3 October)
  • Elizabeth Peyton in conversation with Dr Nicholas Cullinan (Director, National Portrait Gallery, London) (3pm, Thursday 3 October)
  • Ai Weiwei in conversation with Tim Marlow (12pm, Friday 4 October)
  • Edmund de Waal with Christine Kondoleon (The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) (3pm, Friday 4 October); and
  • Michael Craig-Martin in conversation with the Director of Mauritshuis Emilie Gordenker (12pm, Saturday 5 October)

 

Talks are free to attend and take place in the Frieze Masters Auditorium. 

ART FUND CURATORS PROGRAMME

Now in its fourth year, The Art Fund Curators Programme at Frieze Masters will explore the genre of portraiture and the opportunities it creates as a lens for exploring identity, representation, agency, celebrity, and relationships between sitters, artists and patrons. This year’s programme is presented in collaboration with Art Fund, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. Participating curators include Katie Hanson (MFA Boston), Eve Straussman-Pflanzer (Detroit Institute of Arts), Catherine Hess (The Huntington) and Julien Domercq (DMA Dallas).

FRIEZE BBC DEBATE: MUSEUMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Following its celebrated launch last year, the Frieze BBC Debate returns with two broadcast events. Michael Govan (LACMA) will speak with Philip Dodd (BBC) in the Auditorium at Frieze Masters on Saturday 5 October; and a panel with Philip Tinari (UCCA Center for Contemporary Art), Kennie Ting (Asian Civilizations Museum) and Laurence des Cars (Musée d’Orsay) at RIBA on 4 October. Both talks will be broadcast for Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s flagship art and culture programme.

FRIEZE SCULPTURE

Opening 3 July to 6 October, Frieze Sculpture in London is selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and presented in collaboration with leading galleries from around the world. Creating a major public art display at the heart of London, Frieze Sculpture brings together more than 20 international artists to present new and modern artworks in monumental scale, all placed around the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park. Building on Frieze’s commitment to emerging artists, logistics partner Mtec will again support the installation of two works presented by young London galleries.

Selected by Lilley from an open call for gallery applications, the participating artists for Frieze Sculpture 2019 are: Iván Argote, Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Huma Bhabha, Peter Buggenhout, Jodie Carey, Ma Desheng, Tracey Emin, Lars Fisk, Barry Flanagan, Charlie Godet Thomas, Leiko Ikemura, Robert Indiana, Vik Muniz, Zak Ové, Jaume Plensa, Bettina Pousttchi, Tom Sachs, Lucy Skaer, LR Vandy, Joanna Rajkowska, TaiJung Um, Bill Woodrow and Emily Young.

FRIEZE WEEK IN LONDON

Frieze Masters and Frieze London catalyze a festival of culture across the city, with the city’s world-class museums hosting special events and major exhibitions. Highlights of Frieze Week 2019 include:

  • Anna Maria Maiolino at Whitechapel Gallery
  • Kara Walker: Hyundai Turbine Commission at Tate Modern
  • Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts
  • Danh Vō at South London Gallery
  • Tony Cokes at Goldsmith Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Elizabeth Peyton at the National Portrait Gallery
  • Rembrandt’s Light at Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • Gauguin Portraits at The National Gallery

 

RESTAURANTS

Frieze Masters welcomes back Frieze favourites Locanda Locatelli, Umu and Xu in addition to GAIL’s Artisan Bakery.

PARTNERS

In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze Masters 2019 partners with BMW, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, ARTO LIFEWTR, RICHARD MILLE, The Royal Parks, Official Champagne Ruinart, and Financial Times.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Tickets from £27 are available at frieze.com.

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Gordon Parks, Eldridge Cleaver and His Wife, Kathleen, Algiers, Algeria, 1970. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation and Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

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