3–6 October 2019
2019 Opening Days & Hours
Wednesday Preview 2 October (Invitation only)
Thursday Preview 3 October: 12pm-8pm
Thursday Private View 3 October: 5pm-8pm
Friday 4 – Saturday 5 October: 12pm-7pm
Sunday 6 October: 12pm-6pm
Frieze London is back in Regent’s Park showcasing the world’s leading galleries from all over the world and today’s most exciting contemporary artists. Once again the fair is accompanied by LIVE, bringing performances and time-based works, along with Frieze Talks and specially curated sections such as Woven and Focus.
This year’s fair introduces new curators and sections showcasing performance, emerging artists and the contemporary significance of complex art genealogies and colonial legacies. Opening 3 to 6 October 2019, Frieze London coincides with Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters in The Regent’s Park, forming the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supports Frieze London for the 16th consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.
The fair’s Focus section, highlighting emerging galleries, will feature new participants like Company, Tiwani Contemporary, and Wilding Cran Gallery. Among the returning galleries are Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Gagosian, Greene Naftali, Xavier Hufkens, Pace Gallery, White Cube, David Zwirner, and others. New additions to the main section include Sikkema Jenkins, Alexander Gray Associates, Gió Marconi, Gallery Baton, Galeria Nara Roesler, and Chi-Wen.
Following its praised debut in 2018, the Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze also returns, awarding an outstanding artist within the Focus section with their first institutional exhibition in London. The 2018 winner, Wong Ping (Edouard Malingue Gallery) received his exhibition prize this summer at Camden Arts Centre. The 2019 Prize was selected by a panel chaired by Martin Clark (Director, Camden Arts Centre). Frieze announced Julien Creuzet as the recipient of the 2019 Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze. Creuzet, represented by High Art, (Paris) will realize a major exhibition at Camden Arts Centre in October 2020. This annual prize offers invaluable critical exposure to an emerging artist, that goes with having their first show at a London institution.
Frieze London welcomes the return of world-class galleries, many of which are long-time Frieze participants, including Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Gagosian, Greene Naftali, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Lelong & Co., Goodman Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, kamel mennour, Pace Gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Esther Schipper, Sprüth Magers, Galeria Luisa Strina, White Cube and David Zwirner, among others. Welcoming greater participation from Southeast Asia and Latin America, new additions to the main section include Gallery Baton (Seoul), Galeria Nara Roesler (São Paulo) and STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery (Singapore), in addition to newcomers from London and around the world such as Alexander Gray Associates (New York), Gió Marconi (Milan) and Sikkema Jenkins (New York). Building on Frieze’s support for galleries at all stages of their development, previous Focus participants, including 47 Canal, Carlos/ Ishikawa with Antenna Space, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Night Gallery and Koppe Astner, graduate into the main section for the 2019 edition.
SOLO SHOWS BY TODAY’S MOST EXCITING ARTISTS
Galleries will mount solo presentations of new and ambitious works by some of today’s most forward-thinking artists. Highlights include:
• Kara Walker (Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York), coinciding with the American artist’s site-specific monumental commission for Tate’s Turbine Hall
• Do Ho Suh (STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore), presenting newly executed thread drawings which explore connections between the home and the self, with strands of personal narrative and history
• French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa (kamel mennour, Paris), who works across film, sculpture and installation and is currently showing as part of 58th Venice Biennale
• Robin Rhode (Lehmann Maupin, New York), the South African-born, Berlin-based artist known for his public performances and murals, showing new works shot in the West Bank
• An audacious installation by the German artist Jonathan Meese, inspired by the mythology of a 19th-century Western saloon (David Nolan Gallery, New York)
• Ryan Gander (Taro Nasu, Tokyo) with a new iteration of Time Well Spent, a matt black vending machine that vends randomly at £1000 per object
• Sterling Ruby (Gagosian), the celebrated L.A.-based artist who engages with issues related to the violence and pressures within society, autobiography and art history
• MADSAKI, born in Japan and raised in the USA, experiences between two cultures that formed his aesthetics and personality (Perrotin, Paris); and
• Berlin-based artist Donna Huanca’s new and immersive installation comprising sculpture, painting, video, sound and scent, ahead of the artist’s exhibition at Copenhagen Contemporary (Simon Lee Gallery, London).
Curated gallery presentations will explore social and political questions, from gender, race, displacement and consumerism to technology, religion and architecture. Highlights include:
• “Techno-Shamanism: The Sacred and Ineffable” around works by pioneering kinetic artist Takis whose solo exhibition recently opened at Tate Modern; including works by Angelo Plessas, Chrysanne Stathacos (The Breeder, Athens)
• A dynamic, revolving presentation of two-person, inter-generational dialogues, featuring British-born South African artist Sue Williamson alongside emerging French Guyanese artist Tabita Rezaire; and William Kentridge with Kapwani Kiwanga (Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg, London)
• Brazilian artist Jac Leirner and American artist Virginia Overton’s dual presentation on themes of consumerism and exchange (White Cube, London)
• Philippe Parreno’s ‘Marquee’ series placed in dialogue with the transformative cityscapes of Chinese painter Cui Jie, together questioning the transformative power of architectural space (Pilar Corrias Gallery, London)
• Sculptural works themed around questions of displacement, impermanence and homelessness; featuring Pedro Cabrita Reis, Jimmie Durham, Jannis Kounellis and Giorgio Andreotta Calò (Sprovieri, London)
• Lisson Gallery will celebrate the life of pioneering American artist Joyce Pensato (1941–2019), with a survey of landmark works; alongside Pensato’s close friend and fellow Brooklyn-based artist, Stanley Whitney, showing five new oil-on-linen paintings.
New for 2019: Woven curated by Cosmin Costinas, writer, critic and Executive Director/Curator of Para Site (Hong Kong), has been invited to curate the new themed section at Frieze London 2019. Entitled Woven, the gallery-led section brings together eight artists whose practice is informed by rich and complex art genealogies, revealing the many ways in which contemporary practice is entangled with a plurality of traditions. The international artists featured in Woven are of different generations – from Brazil, the Philippines, China, India, the USA and Madagascar – and are working with vernacular, indigenous, or underground traditions, employing textiles and weaving, either in a direct way or as an expanded exploration of this fertile medium.
FRIEZE ARTIST AWARD
London- and Delhi-based Himali Singh Soin is the winner of the Frieze Artist Award at Frieze London 2019. Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, the Award is a major opportunity for an emerging international artist to present an ambitious work at Frieze Art Fair. For the first time, the Frieze Artist Award will focus on the medium of film and is supported by Forma and Channel 4 Random Acts, who also selected the winning artist in collaboration with Frieze. Soin responded to a brief set by Random Acts that asked for proposals to consider the ‘state of the nation’. Singh Soin will debut her new commission at Frieze London 2019. Channel 4 Random Acts will also broadcast the film on Channel 4 and online this autumn. This year’s winner, Himali Singh Soin takes the Victorian anxiety of an imminent glacial epoch as a point of departure to address ideas of ‘the alien other’.
Combining poetry, performance and archival material, the moving image work uses the Artic landscape to foreground the contemporary climate crisis and dream up mythical, other-worldly futures. The film will be screened at 1pm every day in the The Standard, London Library & Auditorium. Diana Campbell Betancourt said: ‘Beyond her visual arts practice, Himali Singh Soin is a poet and explorer and this award will allow this emerging artist to deepen her engagement with moving image as storytelling. This year, we’re thrilled to be working with both Forma and Channel 4 Random Acts, two of Europe’s leading creative producers, enabling ambitious film projects to reach new audiences. With this significant new commission, Himali will also explore intriguing and urgent questions about environment, history and myth.’
Frieze Talks is curated by Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) and Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios). 100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus, Frieze Talks 2019 will take inspiration from the school’s pioneering approach to interdisciplinary, and its questioning of art’s relationship with a wider social world. Highlights from this year’s program include Diedrick Brackens (artist), whose narrative tapestries have brought weaving, pioneered at the Bauhaus by the likes of Anni Albers, back to centre stage of contemporary art; a panel discussion taking a critical look at the Bauhaus’ dominance in the art school imagination, including Ute Meta Bauer (NTU Singapore) and Kimathi Donkor (UAL) and chaired by Sam Thorne (Director, Nottingham Contemporary); and a conversation on performance – another key area of innovation for the Bauhaus – with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, the team responsible for the Golden Lion winning Lithuanian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. This year’s CAS Curatorial Summit returns with the title ‘It Belongs to Me! Curation, Culture, Censorship and the Resurgent Far Right’, examining institutional resistance to far right politics in Austria, Brazil, Turkey and beyond. Talks are free and take place daily, from Thursday at 2pm and 4pm; seats can be reserved at the auditorium from 12pm on the day.
For the full program and timings, go to frieze.com.