Frieze has unveiled details of the 20th anniversary edition of Frieze London and 11th edition of Frieze Masters, which take place concurrently from 11-15 October in The Regent’s Park, London. This year, Frieze London has a dynamic programme of special projects, partnerships and events that demonstrate London’s appeal as a vibrant cultural destination. Frieze Week, an extended programme of cultural events, will run in conjunction with the fairs from 9–15 October at galleries, institutions and artist-led spaces throughout the city.
With more than 160 leading galleries spanning 40 countries, Frieze London 2023 is the most international edition of the fair to date. The fair features a core contingent of London-based exhibitors, with 59 operating spaces in the city. These include some of the city’s defining galleries: Arcadia Missa, Carlos/Ishikawa, Sadie Coles HQ, Pilar Corrias, Thomas Dane Gallery, Alison Jacques, Lisson Gallery, Kate MacGarry, Victoria Miro, Modern Art, Maureen Paley and White Cube.
New Section: Artist-to-Artist
Marking Frieze London’s 20th anniversary, special initiative Artist-to-Artist invites Alvaro Barrington, Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin CBE RA, Anthea Hamilton, Simone Leigh, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Haegue Yang to propose artists for solo presentations, drawing on Frieze London’s longstanding tradition of artist-led programming. These eight world-renowned artists, whose work has defined the contemporary art landscape over the past two decades, propose a counterpart for a solo exhibition at the fair. Each of the selectors is well known for their support of other artists, with Artist-to-Artist highlighting their roles as advocates by introducing new voices to the fair.
Featured presentations comprise Deborah Anzinger proposed by Simone Leigh (Nicola Vassell); Mark Barker proposed by Wolfgang Tillmans (Shahin Zarinbal); Ayoung Kim proposed by Haegue Yang (Gallery Hyundai); Fabian Knecht proposed by Olafur Eliasson (alexander levy); Simonette Quamina proposed by Alvaro Barrington (Praxis); Vanessa Raw proposed by Tracey Emin CBE RA (Carl Freedman Gallery); Wantanee Siripattananuntakul proposed by Rirkrit Tiravanija (Gallery Ver); and Carlos Villa proposed by Anthea Hamilton (Silverlens).
Focus: Emerging Talent
Focus, the critically acclaimed section for galleries formed in or after 2011, returns this year advised by Angelina Volk (Emalin, London), Piotr Drewko (Wschód, Warsaw) and Cédric Fauq (Chief Curator at CAPC Musée d’art Contemporain, Bordeaux).
This year’s section includes presentations by Larry Achiampong (Copperfield), Débora Delmar (Llano), Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy and Hamed Maiye (Harlesden High Street), Josèfa Ntjam (Nicoletti), Jack O’Brien (Ginny on Frederick) and Jordan Strafer (Heidi and Hot Wheels).
Editions by International Artists
Editions features a selection of limited-edition artworks created by leading international artists at affordable prices, making the world of collecting accessible to new audiences. Participants in the sector include Borch Editions (Copenhagen), Cristea Roberts Gallery (London), Knust Kunz Gallery Editions (Munich), Paragon (London) and STPI Gallery (Singapore).
With more than 130 participating galleries and led by Nathan Clements-Gillespie, Frieze Masters brings together six millennia of art – from rare antiquities to Old Master paintings to 20th-century masterpieces – creating a destination where visitors can discover art history anew.
The fair features a cohort of major international galleries including Colnaghi, Galerie Eric Coatelem, De Jonckheere, Simon C. Dickinson, Peter Finer, Gagosian, Richard Green, Johnny Van Haeften, Hakgojae Gallery, Peter Harrington, Hauser & Wirth, Gallery Hyundai, Annely Juda Fine Art, Pace Gallery, Galerie G. Sarti, Skarstedt, Sprüth Magers, Craig Starr Gallery, Axel Vervoordt, Waddington Custot and Offer Waterman.
Modern Women: Curated by AWARE
2023 sees the introduction of Modern Women, a new themed section curated by Camille Morineau (Co- founder of non-profit organisation AWARE – Archive of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions) and her team. Dedicated to solo exhibitions by women artists, Modern Women places a special focus on works created between 1880 and 1980, a pivotal period for women’s rights and feminism.
Featured artists include Tarsila do Amaral (Almeida & Dale Art Gallery), Anna-Eva Bergman and Germaine Richier (Perrotin), Lisetta Carmi (Ciaccia Levi and Galleria Martini & Ronchetti), Émilie Charmy (Galerie Bernard Bouche), Kangja Jung (Arario Gallery), Maria Lai (M77), Vera Molnár (Vintage Galéria), Faith Ringgold (ACA Galleries), Paule Vézelay (England & Co) and Ethel Walker (Piano Nobile).
Studio: Curated by Sheena Wagstaff
Also new this year is Studio, curated by Sheena Wagstaff (Leonard A Lauder Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York until 2022). Its focus is the artist’s place of making, where the spark of invention becomes manifest as an object. It features five singular international artists – Maggi Hambling, Mona Hatoum, Lucia Laguna, Arlene Shechet and Hyun-Sook Song – who dig deep into past culture to inform and reinvigorate their practice. Integral to each presentation are archival images and objects, accumulated over many decades in an artist’s workroom and invoking their creative lifeline and the spirit of the studio as an ever-changing, living space.
Spotlight: Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver
Curated for the first time by Valerie Cassel Oliver (Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), Spotlight returns with solo presentations of 20th-century artists, emphasizing under-appreciated work from the 1950s to the 1970s.
This year’s featured artists include Rose Finn-Kelcey, Maren Hassinger, Zenzaburo Kojima, Anna Mark, Mehdi Moutashar, I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih, Gianni Piacentino, Simona Runcan, Ethel Schwabacher and Toshiko Takaezu, among others.
Stand Out returns for the third consecutive year steered by Luke Syson (Director and Marlay Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge). The curated section challenges traditional hierarchies of media, which are largely obsolete in contemporary art – here, artworks once dismissed as ‘decorative’ are meaningfully re-examined and reclaimed. This year, Syson’s section explores the myriad ways in which colour is key to the aesthetic of art objects and sculpture.
Press release from Frieze