Frieze London 2018: Announcing Highlights including Talks, Projects, Solo and Themed Gallery Presentations, New Curators and Museum Collaborations
The 16th edition of Frieze London takes place from 5–7 October, with two Preview Days on Wednesday 3 October and Thursday 4 October
Announcing eight pioneering artists featuring in new Social Work section; nine interactive and performance-based works for Live; and a new Emerging Artist Prize in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre.
Frieze London 2018 will showcase the best of international contemporary art, with a discerning selection of around 160 galleries presenting their most forward-thinking artists and imaginative presentations. Opening for the first time with a two-day Preview, Frieze London coincides with Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters in The Regent’s Park, together forming the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supports Frieze London for the 15th consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.
New collaborations with international curators, institutions and galleries will respond to contemporary issues – from the lack of visibility of women in the marketplace to hidden systems of communication and control – and create an exceptional environment for creativity and discovery.
This year’s themed gallery section, Social Work will feature women artists who challenged the status quo and explored the possibilities of political activism in their art making during the 1980s and ‘90s, from Nancy Spero in the US to Berni Searle in South Africa to Ipek Duben in Turkey and Helen Chadwick in the UK.
Solo and curated presentations across the fair’s main and curated sections will feature John Baldessari, Lubaina Himid, Moshekwa Langa, David Shrigley, Tatiana Trouvé, Hardeep Pandhal, Athena Papadopoulos, Wong Ping and Cathy Wilkes, among many others.
Part of Frieze Projects, the Live platform will stage performances and interactive installations throughout the fair, exploring hidden formulas which impact wider social, political, and economic realities, such as Liz Glynn’s interactive dance performance, responding to live data at the fair; Julia Scher’s roaming security guards and surveillance installation; and Pratchaya Phinthong’s exchange of counterfeit currency, revealing the value that politics places on people. In an enclosed space within the fair, Frieze Artist Award winner, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins will continue his choreographic practice engaging with queer relationality and the politics of desire, intimacy and friendship.
Frieze Talks will explore the role of autobiography in art with international participants including Laurie Anderson, Nan Goldin, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Olivia Laing.
Diana Campbell Betancourt joins the fair to curate Frieze Projects, spanning artworks beyond the booths including Live, Film and the Frieze Artist Award. In addition, Andrew Bonacina (Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield) and Laura McLean-Ferris (Curator, Swiss Institute, New York) will advise ambitious shows by emerging galleries from across the world in Focus. And Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios) and Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London) will co-programme Frieze Talks.
The Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze
Launching at Frieze London 2018, the Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze will offer an emerging artist participating in the fair’s Focus section, the opportunity to deliver an exhibition at Camden Arts Centre (London) and achieve the critical milestone of a major show at a London institution.
This major new prize will be selected by a panel including Martin Clark, (Director, Camden Arts Centre), Gina Buenfeld, Sophie Williamson (both Programme Curator, Exhibitions, Camden Arts Centre) and Joe Hill (Director, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne). A group of UK and international patrons will support the prize, including Lead Supporters Alexandra Economou, Noach Vander Beken and Georgina Townsley. The winner of the inaugural Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze will be announced on Wednesday 3 October.
Supporting UK Institutions
Continuing Frieze’s enduring relationship with collecting institutions across the UK, Frieze London again partners with two acquisition funds for national and regional public collections. The Frieze Tate Fund, supported by Endeavor, returns for its 16th year; alongside the third edition of the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze, this year benefiting The Box (Plymouth). Allied Editions also returns to the fair, launching exclusive artist editions at the fair to raise funds for non-profit galleries across London and guest regional partner, The Hepworth Wakefield.
The World’s Most Significant Galleries
Frieze London welcomes the return of world-class galleries including international galleries who have partipated since the fair’s inception, such as Galerie Gisela Capitain, Gagosian, Greene Naftali, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson Gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salon 94, Sprüth Magers, White Cube and David Zwirner, among others; alongside also returning Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Marian Goodman Gallery, kurimanzutto, Matthew Marks Gallery, kamel mennour, Pace Gallery, Esther Schipper, Galeria Luisa Strina and The Box; and major newcomers including Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Lelong & Co. and Galleri Nicolai Wallner.
Focus, the fair’s celebrated section supporting the participation of young galleries, welcomes back 47 Canal, blank, Carlos/Ishikawa, Instituto de Visión and Various Small Fires (VSF), among others; alongside exciting newcomers from Mumbai to Paris and Hong Kong including Michael Benevento, Bodega, Ginerva Gambino, High Art, Jhaveri Contemporary and Edouard Malingue Gallery.
Generations of London galleries at the fair include Project Native Informant joining Focus and Seventeen entering the main section, alongside young returning London spaces Arcadia Missa and The Sunday Painter andestablished participants Sadie Coles HQ, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Victoria Miro, Maureen Paley and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, among many others. Plus three galleries representing Glasgow’s art scene: Koppe Astner, The Modern Institute and Mary Mary.
Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) said: ‘Following major museum sales and record collector attendance last year, I am really looking forward to the 16th edition of Frieze London. A fair is made by its galleries and the list this year is stronger than ever – from galleries who have been with the fair since its launch in 2003, to today’s most exciting new programmes in London and across the world. I’m also thrilled to welcome great international curators across our sections and talks who will ensure an exceptional quality of programming at the fair and will explore its wider cultural significance for today’s audiences. The fair continues to be a key destination for collecting institutions and our collaborations with Tate and the Contemporary Art Society enable the entry of works by today’s most forward-thinking artists into national and regional public collections.’
Jo Stella-Sawicka (Artistic Director, Frieze London) said: ‘Frieze London programming evolves this year, shaped by new curators and urgent political realities. 100 years since women gained the vote in the UK, Frieze London will use its international platform to respond to the fact that women artists are still under-represented in the art world and especially the market. It’s been an honour to collaborate with 10 of the country’s leading minds on the subject, to shape this year’s themed section, Social Work. It’s also very exciting to welcome Diana Campbell Betancourt’s new vision for the Frieze Artist Award, Live and Film. Following her celebrated programming in Dhaka and Manila, she will open up new possibilities for experimental performance with galleries, and commission new work which is exciting, thought-provoking and important.’
Social Work: New Themed Section
Social Work is an invitational section of Frieze London and follows on from 2017’s critically acclaimed Sex Work: Radical Politics and Feminist Art, curated by Alison M. Gingeras. This year, the section will feature eight monographic presentations by women artists whose work emerged in response to the global social and political schisms of the 1980s and ’90s. Social Work pays homage to a selection of artists who challenged the status quo and explored the possibilities of political activism in their art making. Including both established and lesser-known feminist artists, the section will also highlight the role that galleries have played in their support of women artists whose work may not have been easily assimilated into the mainstream.
The participating artists and galleries are: Sonia Boyce (Apalazzogallery); Helen Chadwick (Richard Saltoun Gallery); Ipek Duben (Pi Artworks); Tina Keane (England & Co); Mary Kelly (Pippy Houldsworth); Faith Ringgold (Weiss Berlin and ACA Galleries); Berni Searle (Stevenson); and Nancy Spero (Gallery Lelong & Co.).
Social Work was devised by a panel of eminent art historians, curators and critics that have recommended a short list of artists to participate in the section. The panelists include: Iwona Blazwick (Director, Whitechapel Gallery), Katrina Brown (Director, The Common Guild), Louisa Buck (Art Critic and Correspondent, The Art Newspaper), Amira Gad (Curator, Art & Ar- chitecture, Serpentine Galleries), Jennifer Higgie (Editorial Director, Frieze), Melanie Keen (Director, Iniva), Polly Staple (Director, Chisenhale Gallery), Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial), Fatos Ustek (Director, DRAF) and Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery).
Main Section: Solo and Themed Presentations by International Artists
Galleries throughout the fair will showcase their most exciting artists, including debut exhibitions and exceptionally ambitious new projects.
Solo highlights in the main section include:
- Solos by London-based artists, from the established to the emerging include David Shrigley (Stephen Friedman Gallery, London) with a satirical shop-front installation; Rana Begum with Kate MacGarry (London), coinciding with the artist’s Frieze Sculpture presentation; Athena Papadopoulos with Emalin in Focus; and Ian Law showing a new body of paintings with Rodeo (London);
- Solos by international artists include Paris-based Tatiana Trouvé showing an exceptionally ambitious new installation with kamel mennour (Paris); Beijing-based Liu Wei, who will create a dramatic architectural environment made out of metal mesh panels with White Cube (London); American pop artist Jim Shaw with a total installation, including paintings and wallpaper; and Brazilian artist duo OSGEMEOS (Lehmann Maupin, New York) renowned for their large-scale dream-like murals, which have appeared around the world.
Group exhibitions of international artists include:
- Stevenson’s (Cape Town) two-artist presentation featuring Viviane Sassen, following her solo exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield and Moshekwa Langa, featured in the 13th Dakar Biennale (2018);
- Goodman Gallery’s (Johannesburg) presentation of new works by leading South African artists such as William Kentridge, Sue Williamson and David Goldblatt, and major women artists from across the globe looking at themes of Feminism and Postcolonial discourse, such as Shirin Neshat, Ghada Amer and Grada Kilomba (recently on show at the Berlin Biennale);
- Marian Goodman Gallery’s debut presentations of John Baldessari and Kemang Wa Lehulere, coinciding with the latter’s Frieze Week exhibition at the gallery’s London space, alongside Leanor Antunes, Tacita Dean and Thomas Struth, among others;
- Lisson Gallery (London) with new and seminal works by Susan Hiller, Liu Xiaodong, Marina Abramovic, John Akomfrah and Broomberg & Chanarin; and
- David Zwirner with a major work by Michaël Borremans, a new sculpture by Carol Bove and new works by Chris Ofili and Wolfgang Tillmans which have never been seen before
Themed presentations in the main section focussed on women artists include:
- Celebrating the gallery’s tenth anniversary, Pilar Corrias (London) will present an all-women stand of leading artists including Sophie von Hellermann, Cui Jie, Helen Johnson, Koo Jeong A, Tala Madani, Sabine Moritz, Christina Quarles, Mary Ramsden and Tschabalala Self;
- Hollybush Gardens (London) presents a group show of women artists including leading figure in the BLK Art Group, Claudette Johnson, 2017 Turner Prize-winner Lubaina Himid, 2018 Turner Prize nominee Charlotte Prodger and 2018 São Paolo Biennial participant Andrea Büttner;
- and Glasgow-based Cathy Wilkes (The Modern Institute, Glasgow) who will represent the UK at next year’s Venice Biennale, alongside works by Eva Rothschild, Monika Sosnowska, Hayley and Sue Tompkins
Focus section: Emerging Talents
Bringing together 33 galleries representing young art scenes from Cape Town to Los Angeles, Focus features galleries aged 12 years or younger. Advised for the first time by Andrew Bonacina (Chief Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield) in collaboration with Laura McLean-Ferris (Curator at Swiss Institute, New York), highlights include, among many others:
- Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong) will present an immersive installation by celebrated emerging Hong Kong artist Wong Ping, whose animations and video works were a highlight of the New Museum Triennial in January;
- Arcadia Missa (London) will present an immersive exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by Penny Goring, known for her vibrant yet melancholic visual world;
- Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai) will show ink drawings, knitted jumpers, sculptures and video by Hardeep Pandhal, who uses humour to interrogate perceptions of British Asian identity;
- Galerie Emanuel Layr (Vienna) will present a two-artist show by Anna-Sophie Berger and Cécile B. Evans, exploring how we create meaning through the stuff we use, the things we wear and the places we live;
- 47 Canal (New York) will showcase Bronx-born photographer Elle Pérez, with works exploring sexuality, queerness and the cultural identity of minorities in contemporary America; and
- blank (Cape Town) will present the work of three artists from South Africa: Bronwyn Katz, Donna Kukama, and Cinga Samson exploring the politics of place, history and memory.
Frieze Projects encompasses the activity beyond the booth at the fair and in 2018 includes Live, the Frieze Artist Award and Frieze Film. Overseen this year, for the first time, by Diana Campbell Betancourt (Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit), the programming evolves to open up further collaborations with galleries and institutions, creating new space for experimental practice.
Campbell Betancourt, said, ‘It is an honour to join the Frieze team. I know that Frieze London is a place that I never leave without discovering an emerging artist whom I want to work with. I appreciate how Frieze opens up experimental possibilities for artists and artworks that might not usually show in an established fair context to participate in their rich programming, speaking to how Frieze wants to be a part of developing contemporary art discourse and opportunities for artists, rather than simply serving as a marketplace. In this regard, I am especially excited about working on the Frieze Artist Award.’
Live: Installations and Performances
Live is a platform for interactive installations and performances, presented by galleries. Overseen by curator Diana Campbell Betancourt (Samdani Art Foundation/Dhaka Art Summit), this year’s programme is entitled “Control ~” (“Control Tilde”) – a command on a computer keyboard that unlocks all formulas in a spreadsheet and thus makes them visible. Visitors will encounter works by international artists, drawing attention to unexpected connections and hidden formulas which impact wider social, political and economic realities.
The artists and galleries participating in Live 2018 are: Christian Boltanski (Marian Goodman Gallery); Vivian Caccuri (A Gentil Carioca, in partnership with Delfina Foundation); Liz Glynn (Paula Cooper, in partnership with Delfina Foundation); Camille Henrot (König Galerie / kamel mennour/ Metro Pictures); Otobong Nkanga (Mendes Wood DM); Laure Prouvost (Lisson Gallery); Pratchaya Phinthong (gb agency, in partnership with Delfina Foundation); Julia Scher (Esther Schipper); and Asim Waqif (Nature Morte).
Frieze Artist Award
Warsaw and London-based artist Alex Baczynski-Jenkins is the 2018 winner of the Frieze Artist Award, a major opportunity for an emerging artist to present a new artwork at Frieze London. Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, the 2018 Artist Award will focus for the first time on performance and is produced in partnership with Delfina Foundation, London.
For this new commission, Baczynski-Jenkins continues his choreographic practice engaging with queer relationality and the politics of desire, intimacy and friendship. For the first time, the winning artist will benefit from a residency at Delfina Foundation. The new partnership with Delfina Foundation provides the artist in residence with an additional opportunity to develop their practice through a greater access to learning, resources and networks.
Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, the 2018 Frieze Film programme will question systems that control and influence the dissemination of information. New commissions by the Otolith Group, Paul Pfeiffer and Lucy Raven will premiere at the fair and be broadcast on national television. Frieze Film forms part of Frieze Projects and is supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts.
Frieze Talks will be co-programmed for the first time by Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) and Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios). Taking place daily in the fair’s auditorium, Frieze Talks will explore the role played by autobiography in art and society, at a time when personal experience is increasingly being made public and also under renewed scrutiny. Highlights from this year’s programme include a Keynote Lecture by Alexander Chee (author) on Friday 5 Octobter; a multimedia storytelling and in conversation with Laurie Anderson (artist) and Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery); Kemang Wa Lehulere (artist) in conversation with Sean O’Toole (writer); Nan Goldin (artist) in conversation with Linda Yablonsky (writer); and a panel discussion chaired by Andrew Durbin (Senior Editor, frieze) with writers including Olivia Laing.
The Frieze Stand Prize will be awarded to an outstanding gallery presentation in the main or Social Work sections. International curators Francesco Stocchi (Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Boijmans Museum); Anne Ellegood (Senior Curator, Hammer Museum); and Katrina Brown (Director, The Common Guild) will select the winner, which will be announced on Wednesday 3 October.
The Focus Stand Prize is awarded to a gallery presentation in the Focus section for galleries aged 12 years or younger. The winner will be selected by a panel including Margot Norton (Curator, New Museum), Victor Wang (independent curator) and Christina Lehnert (Curator, Portikus Frankfurt). The Prize will be announced on Thursday 4 October.
Frieze Tate Fund supported by Endeavor
Established in 2003, with support from Outset, as the first acquisition fund connected to an art fair. Tate has acquired more than 100 works at Frieze London. Supported by Endeavor since 2016, the 2018 Frieze Tate Fund will provide £150,000 for Tate to acquire works of art at Frieze London this October. Guest curators on the 2018 selection committee will be Katherine Brinson (Daskalopoulos Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York ) and Shanay Jhaveri (Assistant Curator of South Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). The fund’s acquisition will be announced at Frieze London on Wednesday 3 October.
Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund at Frieze
The Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund at Frieze returns for a third year, following the acquisition of a significant installation by Dineo Seshee Bopape for the Towner Art Gallery (Eastbourne) in 2017, and major works by John Akomfrah and Kader Attia for the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) in 2016. This year’s chosen beneficiary is The Box: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s new landmark heritage and cultural centre, set to open in spring 2020 that brings together six of the city’s collections into one venue. The Contemporary Art Society’s acquisition for The Box (Plymouth) will be announced on Wednesday 3 October.
Allied Editions also returns this year, with its guest regional partner, The Hepworth Wakefield. A unique collective organised by Camden Arts Centre, Chisenhale Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), South London Gallery, Studio Voltaire, Serpentine Galleries and Whitechapel Gallery. Allied Editions has raised more than a million pounds through selling artist editions at Frieze London since its inception, and took part in Frieze New York for the first time this year.
BMW Open Work
Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, BMW Open Work is a major artistic initiative which brings together art, design and technology in pioneering multi-platform formats. The New York-based artist Sam Lewitt is the second artist chosen to create the BMW Open Work by Frieze. Lewitt’s new commission will unfold as an installation in the BMW Lounge at Frieze London 2018, a soundscape in the Courtesy Car Service at the fair, and online at http://closed-core.com/.
Frieze Sculpture returns to The Regent’s Park for three months this summer, featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world-leading galleries. Selected and placed by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Frieze Sculpture will create an exceptional cultural attraction at the heart of the city, for Londoners and international visitors alike.
Frieze Sculpture brings together 25 artists from five continents, including: Larry Achiampong, John Baldessari, Rana Begum, Yoan Capote, James Capper, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Rachel Feinstein, Barry Flanagan, Laura Ford, Dan Graham, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Michele Mathison, Virginia Overton, Simon Periton, Kathleen Ryan, Sean Scully, Conrad Shawcross, Monika Sosnowska, Kiki Smith, Hugo Wilson and Richard Woods.
For the first time, Mtec, logistics partner for Frieze Sculpture, have covered the cost of installation for two emerging galleries, enabling them to participate in the display; and Frieze has also launched a new audio tour guide in collaboration with mobile platform ARTimbarc.
Guided Tours & Frieze Bespoke
Guided tours of the fair will include general and group tours as well as Frieze Bespoke – an exclusive opportunity for those interested in collecting art to explore the fair accompanied by an independent art specialist.
Frieze Week in London
Coinciding with Frieze Masters, as well as Frieze Sculpture, the two fairs form the heart of Frieze Week – an international cultural event in early October, which includes special programmes mounted by galleries and museums across London.
Frieze Art & Architecture Conference
Taking place on 2 October 2018 at the Royal Institution (London), the third edition of Frieze Academy’s Art & Architecture Conference looks at recent projects from architects around the world to consider how the form and function of cultural institutions are evolving, and presents long-term works by artists who are reassessing how and where we live. Speakers will include: Shigeru Ban, Jamie Fobert, Ellen van Loon, Richard Rogers, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Kulapat Yantrasast and Andrea Zittel. The Singapore Tourism Board partners with the 2018 Frieze Art & Architecture Conference.
New for 2018: The Frieze Debate: Museums in the 21st Century
How do encyclopaedic museums make 1000s of years of history relevant to today’s audiences? How is the digital age shaping the way we look and experience art? On Tuesday 2 October at 6pm at The Royal Institution in Mayfair, Frieze will present a panel of global museum directors who will debate these questions with BBC’s Anne McElvoy for a recorded broadcast of Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s flagship art and culture programme. Panellists include Hartwig Fischer (British Museum), Michael Govan (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Sabine Haag (Kunsthistorisches Museum). The discussion will be broadcast on Thursday 4 October. The event is free, but seats must be reserved in advance.
On Saturday 6 October, Frieze London, The Store X and New Museum will host Frieze Music. A night of performances will highlight a new commission featured in the ‘Strange Days’ exhibition at 180 The Strand. Please see frieze.com for further details.
Deutsche Bank collaboration with Tracey Emin
In celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage, Tracey Emin and her studio have curated an exhibition of works by female artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection to go on display in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounges at Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Emin has also initiated a sale of postcard-sized original artworks by living female artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection, to raise money for charities that support vulnerable women.
Each original work is available to buy for £200 but one can only discover the artists identity after purchasing the work. This sale will be available online to the public between the public days of the fair 5-7 October and the preview and preregisteration is live now at: www.deutschewealth.com/anotherworld.
Second Summer of Love
Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller and filmmaker and visual artist Josh Blaaberg have been commissioned by Frieze and Gucci to create films inspired by the ‘Second Summer of Love’, the explosion of electronic music and youth culture which swept the UK and Europe in 1988. These commissions join Wu Tsang’s film INTO A SPACE OF LOVE, a magical realist documentary exploring the legacies of house music in New York underground culture, which premiered at Frieze New York in May 2018. The films will be screened together for the first time in the auditorium at Frieze London on Sunday 7 October from 4–6pm.
Mount Street / Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor) has collaborated with Frieze London to commission four leading UK-based women artists – Helen Cammock, France-Lise McGurn, Renee So and Zadie Xa –to produce limited-edition artworks which will be available for sale exclusively on Mount Street, Mayfair, during Frieze Week, via a customised pop-up vehicle. All proceeds raised from the editions will be donated to two UK charities, Dress for Success and the Young Women’s Trust.
Frieze Week magazine
Frieze Week magazine returns offering a companion guide to the wealth of art and activity taking place at the fair and across the city during Frieze London and Masters.
The River Cafe and Rita’s join the fair for the first time this year, alongside returning Frieze favourites Petersham Nurseries, Moro, Brunswick House, Gail’s Artisan Bakery, Yalumba, Company Drinks and Ahi Poké.
Sponsors and Partners
In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze London partners with BMW, Official Champagne Ruinart, the Financial Times, Richard Mille, Lavazza, Contemporary Art Society and The Royal Parks. Hotel Café Royal is the main hotel partner for Frieze London 2018.
Children & the Arts is the Charity Partner for Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2018. All proceeds from the cloakrooms at both fairs will be given to the national educational charity.
Universal Design Studio will again devise the Frieze London 2018 structure, enhancing the quality of visitors’ experience.