Press Release

Frieze London 2017 Highlights: Solo and Curated Gallery Presentations, Live Performance, Talks, Projects, Music and Film

London, UK

 

The 15th edition of Frieze London takes place from 5–8 October, with a Preview Day on Wednesday, 4 October. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will showcase ambitious presentations by international emerging and established artists, enhanced by a curated non-profit programme of artist commissions, films and talks. New for 2017, Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London) will curate Frieze Talks for the first time, exploring artists’ response to an age of ‘alternative facts’, with speakers and performers including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Nástio Mosquito. The 2017 fair will also feature a new themed gallery section devoted to the legacy of radical feminist artists, organized by Alison M. Gingeras (independent curator); and curator Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) will co-advise on the Focus section dedicated to emerging galleries. Frieze London 2017 once more coincides with Frieze Masters and Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park, together forming the heart of Frieze Week, the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. 

Frieze London is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the 14th consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

Building on Frieze’s enduring relationship with collecting institutions, Frieze London will again partner with two acquisition funds for UK public collections, including the Frieze Tate Fund, supported by WME | IMG; and the second edition of the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze, this year supporting the Towner Art Gallery (Eastbourne). Allied Editions also returns to the fair, raising vital funds for seven non-profit galleries across London and guest regional partner, Focal Point Gallery (Southend-on-Sea).

Victoria Siddall, Director, Frieze Fairs said: ‘This year, Frieze Week follows our first ever summer opening of Frieze Sculpture, a free exhibition of monumental outdoor work in Regent’s Park. This is our strongest ever exhibition of Sculpture and this is mirrored in the exhibitor list for Frieze London which I am extremely proud of - the fair will feature the best galleries from all over the world, from the emerging to the established. Don’t miss Alison M. Gingeras’s new section showcasing radical feminist artists, and the talks programme investigating art in an age of ‘alternative facts’, curated by Ralph Rugoff. All of this makes Frieze a vital destination for the art world and an important hub for international galleries.’

Leading GalleriesFrieze London welcomes the return of leading international galleries that will present ambitious solo and group shows across the fair’s main and curated sections. Highlights include: Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Marian Goodman, Hauser & Wirth, Anton Kern, Massimo de Carlo, Gagosian, Karma International, kurimanzutto, Matthew Marks, kamel mennour, Regen Projects, Esther Schipper, Sprüth Magers, Luisa Strina, The Box, White Cube and David Zwirner; and in Focus: VI, VII, 47 Canal, Antenna Space, Galeria Jacqueline Martins and Carlos/Ishikawa; among many others.

Building on Frieze’s long-term commitment to supporting galleries throughout their development, this year four returning exhibitors who first exhibited at Frieze London in the Focus section will join the main section for the first time, including Clearing (New York), Fonti (Naples), Simon Preston (New York) and Société (Berlin). 

Focus welcomes newcomers from Egypt (Gypsum, Cairo), Peru (Revolver Galería, Lima) and South Africa (blank projects, Cape Town), offering a truly global overview of emerging talents. Other galleries making their Frieze London debut in Focus include, among others, Cooper Cole (Toronto), Emalin (London), Institutio de Visión (Bogotá), Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) and Union Pacific (London).

The World’s Most Significant Artists Frieze London will be an opportunity to encounter some of the world’s most significant artists – from the emerging to the established – showing in Frieze Week exhibitions as well as international institutions. Highlights include:

  • Alicja Kwade’s new installation with kamel mennour (Paris) coinciding with Berlin-based artist’s standout inclusion in the Venice Biennale main exhibition, as well as her inclusion in Frieze Sculpture;
  • Nina Canell (Barbara Wein, Berlin) who is showing in the Nordic Pavilion in Venice;
  • Mary Reid Kelley’s presentation with Pilar Corrias (London), just ahead of her first UK museum show at Tate Liverpool in November 2017;
  • A solo exhibition of new work by sculptor Melvin Edwards (with Stephen Friedman Gallery, London), currently featuring in ‘Soul of A Nation’ at Tate Modern (London);
  • A new video installation by Hannah Black at Arcadia Missa (London, Focus section), coinciding with the artist’s solo show at London’s Chisenhale Gallery;
  • Thomas Ruff’s solo presentation with Galerie Rudiger Schöttle (Munich), coinciding with the pioneering photographer’s retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery;
  • The Unfinished Installation, a seminal work by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (at Sprovieri, London) on the opening of their major exhibition at Tate Modern; and
  • Significant works by Rachel Whiteread (with Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome) coinciding with the artist’s retrospective at Tate Britain; Seth Price (Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne) on the opening of his solo show at the ICA; and Jasper Johns (with Matthew Marks Gallery, New York), following the opening of a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.

Major galleries will build on the fair’s reputation for ambitious, themed exhibitions, with highlights including:

  • Anton Kern Gallery’s (New York) presentation of works solely by the women artists of the gallery – Ellen Berkenblit, Anne Collier, Nicole Eisenman, Sarah Jones, Shio Kusaka, Lara Schnitger, and Francis Upritchard
  • Hauser & Wirth (London) with ‘BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD’ 2017’ organized in collaboration with Mary Beard; a fictional presentation from a forgotten museum, bringing together artefacts on loan from UK museums and collections with bronze sculptures by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Paul McCcarthy, Rashid Johnson, Henry Moore and Fausto Melotti, mixed with objects purchased from eBay to highlight the power of display;
  • Victoria Miro’s (London) stand dedicated to nocturnal glamour, intrigue and magic; with works by Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, Varda Caivano, Stan Douglas, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Idris Khan, Tal R, Do Ho Suh and Sarah Sze; and
  • Marian Goodman’s (New York) carefully curated presentation exploring man’s relationship with the environment – including a marble and bronze tree sculpture by Giuseppe Penone, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s ‘Seascape’ photographs and a large-scale water installation Interface Surface by Cristina Iglesias

New section: Sex Work New for 2017Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics is curated by independent curator and scholar Alison M. Gingeras. The section features nine solo presentations of women artists working at the extreme edges of feminist practice during the 1970s and ‘80s, all sharing a focus on explicit sexual iconography combined with radical political agency. Presentations include:

  • Galerie Andrea Caratsch (St. Moritz) with Betty Tompkins, presenting Tompkins’ monumental and photo-realistic paintings of sex, rejected at the time not only by conservative institutions and the male-dominated art world, but also by the mainstream feminist movement, which regarded pornography as a vulgar extension of patriarchy;
  • Blum and Poe (Los Angeles) with Penny Slinger: Employing a radical aesthetic inspired by Surrealist collages, Penny Slinger employs photographs and life casts of herself to ‘own’ her sexuality;
  • Richard Saltoun (London) with Renate Bertlmann: Confronting social stereotypes assigned to the ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’, Bertlmann uses fetishistic objects – dildos, condoms, pacifiers – as her props to subvert expectations;
  • Hubert Winter (Vienna) with Birgit Jürgenssen, a contemporary of Renate Bertlmann, whose work multi-media practice explored the female body, expanding its physical and imaginary potential
  • Salon 94 (New York), Regen Projects (Los Angeles) and Baldwin Gallery (Aspen) with Marilyn Minter; including the historic and controversial ‘Porn Grid’ photography series and more recent ‘bathers’ paintings, showing women as empowered objects of desire;
  • Karma International (Zurich) and The Box (LA) with Judith Bernstein; directly confronting gender inequality and social injustice with explicit sexual imagery and astounding graphic impact;
  • David Lewis (New York) showing Mary Beth Edelson; including a suite of photographs from her seminal series ‘Woman Rising’ (1973-74) –  handpainted silver gelatin prints that transform the artist into a sacred goddess or monster, creating images of powerful female archetypes to combat patriarchal oppression; and
  • Air de Paris (Paris) with work by the Dorothy Iannone, the American artist known for autobiographical texts, films and paintings that explicitly depict female sexuality; and
  • Lokal_30 (Warsaw) with Natalia LL, a pioneer of the Polish avant-garde in the 1960s and ‘70s; including Intimate Photography and Intimate Records (1968-69) – performative photographs which became a manifesto of new female sexuality.

Alison M. Gingeras said: ‘This special section of Frieze pays homage to artists who transgressed sexual mores, gender norms and the tyranny of political correctness and were frequently the object of censorship in their day. Sex Work will also highlight the seminal role galleries have played in exhibiting the radical women artists who were not easily assimilated into mainstream narratives of feminist art.  

These galleries often blazed a trail for museum exhibitions. Many figures in this section such as Renate Bertlmann, Birgit Jürgenssen, Marilyn Minter, Penny Slinger and Betty Tompkins, were too transgressive to be included in anthologizing museum shows which arguably forged a consensual canon for important feminist art. The belated reception of these pioneering women has had a profound impact on many artists working today and resonate more than ever with the new feminisms that are taking shape in response to contemporary political realities.’

Focus section: Emerging Talents Bringing together 34 galleries from Cairo to Berlin, Focus features galleries aged 12 years or younger and is advised for the first time by Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) in collaboration with returning curator Fabian Schoeneich (Portikus, Frankfurt). Presentation highlights include: 

  • Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) with a new installation by Anna Uddenberg whose uncanny figurative sculptures were a highlight of the Berlin Biennial 9 (2016);
  • Than Hussein Clark’s (VI, VII, Oslo) collaboration with the Couture Dressmakers Studio GAN in Rome to transform his booth into a bespoke fitting room and performance space, conjuring Paris of the 1920s and ‘30s. Fair visitors can book appointments to be fitted for clothes from the couture collection, personally served by Clark;
  • A new sculptural installation by Lloyd Corporation at Carlos/Ishikawa (London) entitled Bankrupt. Bulk buy. Liquidation. Repossession;
  • Emma Hart winner of the MaxMara Prize and the subject of major show at the Whitechapel Gallery, presenting ambitious new ceramic works (Sunday Painter, London); and
  • Various Small Fires (Los Angeles) recreating a site-specific variation of the seminal eco-artists The Harrisons’ ‘Survival’ series, inspired by research into adapting to climate change – collaborating with a local arborist to remake Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard (1972), in the context of Regents Park and post-Brexit Britain.
  • Joining Focus for to the first time, Gypsum (Cairo), will curate a booth exploring ‘time reconfigured’ through three mediums: photographs by Basim Magdy, paintings by Tamara Al Samerraei (Kuwait) and sculptures by Taha Belal.
  • Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City), winner of the Focus Stand Prize last year, will bring new video and photography work by Regina José Galindo, among the most widely-recognized international artists working in performance.

Frieze Talks Curated for the first time by Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London), Frieze Talks will explore how – in an age of ‘alternative facts’ – art’s capacity to beguile, disorientate and disrupt conventional notions of ‘the real’ can take on new meanings. Leading artists, musicians and cultural commentators will explore these themes in the content and format of the programme, with highlights including: 

  • Thursday 5 October: ‘Alt-feminisms’, a panel chaired by curator Alison Gingeras and including artists Renate Bertlmann, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Marilyn Minter.
  • Friday 6 October: A performance-conversation between artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Philipe Parreno, specially devised for Frieze Talks
  • Sunday 8 October: a session of ‘sung lectures’ featuring artist Nástio Mosquito and Mx Justin Vivian Bond, described by Hilton Als as ‘the best cabaret artist of their generation’. 

Live

The fair’s section for performance and participation is also advised by Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) and Fabian Schoeneich (Portikus, Frankfurt) and will feature four ambitious artworks by international artists, including three new commissions:

  • Neha Choksi (Project88, Mumbai) performs Frame our ears open (2017), Frieze Press Release, Page 7 of  21 September 2017: Frieze London 2017 Highlights following in the footsteps of previous works Minds to Lose/Petting Zoo – for which she anaesthetized herself and four farm animals – and A Rehearsal for a moment of silence for which she stayed in mute isolation for a week (performance at 1:30 pm each day);
  • Mark Fell (Southfirst, New York), a Sheffield-based artist grounded in the sub-cultures of electronic music, will bring together computer technology and Tala – the classical music of South India – to create patterns of movement with three dancers (performance at 12:30 pm each day);
  • Agatha Gothe-Snape (The Commercial, Sydney) will present Every Artist Remembered (2017), a series of informal and unrehearsed conversations between Gothe-Snape and invited artists in front of a live audience (performance at 3.30 pm each day); and
  • Candida Powell-Williams (Bosse & Baum, London) debuts Boredom and its Acid Touch (2017), a performance using characters from the marginalia of illuminated manuscripts; and culminating in a series of GIFs, exploring what contemporary marginalia might be. (performance at 2.30pm each day

Frieze Talks

Curated for the first time by Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London), Frieze Talks will explore how – in an age of ‘alternative facts’ – art’s capacity to beguile, disorientate and disrupt conventional notions of ‘the real’ can take on new meanings. Leading artists, musicians and cultural commentators will explore these themes in the content and format of the programme, with highlights including: 

  • Thursday 5 October: ‘Alt-feminisms’, a panel chaired by curator Alison Gingeras and including artists Renate Bertlmann, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Marilyn Minter.
  • Friday 6 October: A performance-conversation between artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Philipe Parreno, specially devised for Frieze Talks;
  • Sunday 8 October: a session of ‘sung lectures’ featuring artist Nástio Mosquito and Mx Justin Vivian Bond, described by Hilton Als as ‘the best cabaret artist of their generation’. 
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