Art Diary

Frieze London 2017

More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries 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 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.
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, Rasheed 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.
Frieze was founded in 1991 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, with the launch of frieze magazine, the leading international magazine of contemporary art and culture. In 2003, Sharp and Slotover launched Frieze London art fair, which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, they launched Frieze New York, which occurs each May in Randall’s Island Park, and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern.


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