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Los Angeles Arts Organizations Align Programming for Frieze Week Los Angeles 2020

Event Date: 
10 February 2020 to 16 February 2020
Los Angeles, CA
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Frieze Week will officially begin on February 10, 2020 with a campaign and public art project featuring Barbara Kruger; a free guide to art inthe city curated by ForYourArt and an evening hosted by the Getty featuring the Art For Justice Fund 

Frieze today announces programming and highlights of Frieze Week Los Angeles, which will begin on Monday, February 10 with an evening for Art For Justice at The Getty. Frieze Week Los Angeles will run throughout the second edition of Frieze Los Angeles, Friday-Sunday, February 14–16, 2020 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, which is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the second consecutive year. 

Inspired by Frieze Week in London and New York, Frieze Week Los Angeles will encompass a spectrum of programming at galleries, museums, civic organizations, and other artist-driven spaces as a celebratory platform to showcase the many communities encompassing L.A.’s dynamic arts landscape.

The campaign for Frieze Week 2020 will center around a project by Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions). Twenty questions composed by Kruger such as “IS THERE LIFE WITHOUT PAIN?” will be installed outside a number of prominent art spaces and landmarks around Los Angeles, as well as integrated into all of Frieze Week 2020’s print, online, and outdoor marketing materials.

Bettina Korek, Executive Director of Frieze Los Angeles, said, “An overarching goal for Frieze Los Angeles is to establish an annual moment that encourages visitors and Angelenos to experience art in L.A. through its many forms. I hope that Frieze Week introduces a new platform to build on Frieze Los Angeles’ commitment to encourage discovery and patronage for art throughout the city. We are honored to work with Barbara Kruger on getting the message out through a campaign that blurs the lines between advertising and public art.”

On February 10, 2020, a program hosted by the Getty featuring the Art for Justice Fund will mark the official start of Frieze Week Los Angeles. Agnes Gund, founder of the Art for Justice Fund, was recently awarded the 2018 J. Paul Getty Medal. This event will extend the collaboration between Frieze, Endeavor and the Art for Justice Fund that arose from the sale of Mark Bradford’s limited-edition artwork, Life Size, in 2019. Alongside further initiatives, events, and awards, this collaboration represents Frieze Los Angeles' dedication to supporting social justice and civic engagement through art patronage. 

Throughout Frieze Week, key Los Angeles museums and non-profit spaces will present anticipated exhibitions including A Collective Constellation: Selections from The Eileen Harris Norton Collection at Art + Practice; Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again at The Broad Museum; Paul McCarthy: Head Space, Drawings 1963-2019 at the Hammer Museum; Julie Mehretu and Betye Saar: Call and Response at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Open House: Gala Porras-Kim at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Todd Gray: Euclidean Gris Gris at Pomona Museum of Art, and George Rodriguez: Double Vision at the Vincent Price Art Museum

Joanne Heyler, Founding Director of The Broad, said, “The Broad, along with the rest of the L.A. art world, is excited to be welcoming Frieze Week back to the city of Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading arts capitals. The second edition of this internationally successful contemporary art fair offers an extraordinary opportunity to share Los Angeles’s unique and unparalleled arts landscape with thousands of collectors, practicing artists and art students from the region and from all over the world.”

In addition to their presentations at Frieze Los Angeles, many of L.A.’s defining galleries will have special exhibitions on view during Frieze Week. Selected exhibitions include Huma Bhabha and Lauren Halsey at David Kordansky Gallery; Hank Willis Thomas at Kayne Griffin Corcoran; Edward & Nancy Kienholz and Alison Saar at L.A. Louver; Pat Phillips at M+B; Katharina Frisch at Matthew Marks Gallery; Kayode Ojo at Praz-Delavallade; Cyprien Gaillard at Sprüth Magers; Lisa Oppenheim at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery; and Calida Rawles at Various Small Fires.

Further highlights during Frieze Week include special events such as the second Los Angeles iteration of the Brutally Early hosted by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans-Ulrich Obrist at The Museum of Contemporary Art on February 15, a conversation between artists Christopher Wool and Kim Gordon, moderated by John Corbett, presented by The Broad on February 15, and musical performances by Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band on February 15 and February 16 at Zebulon, presented by L.A. Louver.

A Frieze Week ticket will be available for purchase prior to the opening of the fair, offering access to Frieze Projects, Films and Talks onsite at the iconic Paramount Studios as well as a range of exhibitions and events around Los Angeles. Tickets for Frieze Week and Frieze Los Angeles will go on sale in November. Following last year’s sold-out fair, early booking is highly recommended. To be first to hear about Frieze Los Angeles tickets, sign up for the Frieze newsletter at frieze.com/friezeLA

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