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Frieze London 2019: Highlights Including Talks, Solos, Themed Shows and Curated Programmes


Record International Participation and New Curators to Make Frieze London 2019 an Exceptional Moment for Cultural Conversations on a Global Level

Record International Participation and New Curators to Make Frieze London 2019 an Exceptional Moment for Cultural Conversations on a Global Level

Frieze London 2019 will bring together more than 160 galleries from 35 countries, representing the fair’s most internationaledition since its launch. This year’s fair introduces new curators and sections showcasing performance, emerging artists and the contemporary significance of complex art genealogies and colonial legacies. Opening 3 to 6 October 2019, 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 16th consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

This year’s fair brings together a new roster of curatorial talent, including Cosmin Costinas (Executive Director/Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong) as curator of the fair’s new themed section Woven, bringing together solo presentations by eight international artists who employ textiles, weaving and tapestry. Diana Campbell-Betancourt (Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka and Chief Curator, Dhaka Art Summit) returns as curator of LIVE and the Frieze Artist Award; and Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London) will again co-programme Frieze Talks with Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios). For the first time, an international committee of gallery peers comprising Stefan Benchoam (Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City), Edouard Malingue (Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong), and Angelina Volk (Emalin, London) will advise on the selection of participants for Focus, the fair’s section for younger galleries.

Victoria Siddall said: ‘This year’s editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters embody the exceptional international spirit of London, a city that is a meeting point for art, ideas and people from all over the world. We will welcome the most significant galleries from around the globe, across both fairs, some of whom are joining us for the first time. They represent art and artists from around the globe, from the Asian influence on Collections at Frieze Masters, to new galleries joining Frieze London from Brazil, Lebanon, South Korea and Estonia, as well as leading programmes from the USA and Europe. The two fairs and Frieze Sculpture, along with exhibitions opening during Frieze Week including Kara Walker in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern and Elizabeth Peyton at the National Portrait Gallery, make Frieze in London a vital and truly global cultural moment in the city.’

Showcasing the significance of art and creativity in the current moment, artists presenting solo and themed shows include Harold Ancart, Maria Bartuszová, Neïl Beloufa, Mark Bradford, Sheila Hicks, Cui Jie, Kapwani Kiwanga, Jac Leirner, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Meese, Anna Maria Maiolino, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Oscar Murillo, Virginia Overton, Philippe Parreno, Kembra Pfahler, Robin Rhode, Sterling Ruby, Lorna Simpson, Nancy Spero, Angela Su, Do Ho Suh, Takis and Kara Walker, among many others; alongside LIVE performances and installations by Carlos Amorales, Cecilia Bengolea, Shezad Dawood, Priya Ahluwalia, William Forsythe, Yasmin Jahan Nupur, and Khvay Samnang; and a major new Frieze Artist Award commission by Himali Singh Soin.


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 17th year; alongside the fourth edition of the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze, this year acquiring works that explore themes of protest, activism and rebellion for the Nottingham Castle Museum. Tate and Contemporary Art Society will announce their 2019 acquisitions, in the fair’s Auditorium at 3pm on Wednesday 2 October.

Following its praised debut in 2018, the Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze also returns, awarding an outstanding artist within the Focus section with their first institutional exhibition in London. The 2018 winner, Wong Ping (Edouard Malingue Gallery) received his exhibition prize this summer at Camden Arts Centre. The 2019 Prize is selected by a panel chaired by Martin Clark, (Director, Camden Arts Centre), and the winner of the 2019 Prize will be announced on Wednesday 2 October.


Frieze London welcomes the return of world-class galleries, many of which are long-time Frieze participants, including Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Gagosian, Greene Naftali, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Lelong & Co., Goodman Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, kamel mennour, Pace Gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Esther Schipper, Sprüth Magers, Galeria Luisa Strina, White Cube and David Zwirner, among others.

Welcoming greater participation from South East Asia and Latin America, new additions to the main section include Gallery Baton (Seoul), Galeria Nara Roesler (São Paulo) and STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery (Singapore), in addition to newcomers from London and around the world such as Alexander Gray Associates (New York), Gió Marconi (Milan) and Sikkema Jenkins (New York).

Building on Frieze’s support for galleries at all stages of their development, previous Focus participants, including 47 Canal, Carlos/ Ishikawa with Antenna Space, Galerie Emanuel Layr and Koppe Astner, graduate into the main section for the 2019 edition.


Galleries will mount solo presentations of new and ambitious works by some of today’s most forward-thinking artists. Highlights include:

Kara Walker (Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York), coinciding with the American artist’s site-specific monumental commission for Tate’s Turbine Hall

Do Ho Suh (STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore), presenting newly executed thread drawings which explore connections between the home and the self, with strands of personal narrative and history

• French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa (kamel mennour, Paris), who works across film, sculpture and installation and is currently showing as part of 58th Venice Biennale

Robin Rhode (Lehmann Maupin, New York), the South African-born, Berlin-based artist known for his public performances and murals, showing new works shot in the West Bank

• An audacious installation by the German artist Jonathan Meese, inspired by the mythology of a 19th-century Western saloon (David Nolan Gallery, New York)

Ryan Gander (Taro Nasu, Tokyo) with a new iteration of Time Well Spent, a matt black vending machine that vends randomly at £1000 per object

Sterling Ruby (Gagosian), the celebrated L.A.-based artist who engages with issues related to the violence and pressures within society, autobiography and art history

MADSAKI, born in Japan and raised in the USA, experiences between two cultures that formed his aesthetics and personality (Perrotin, Paris); and

• Berlin-based artist Donna Huanca’s new and immersive installation comprising sculpture, painting, video, sound and scent, ahead of the artist’s exhibition at Copenhagen Contemporary (Simon Lee Gallery, London)


Curated gallery presentations will explore social and political questions, from gender, race, displacement and consumerism to technology, religion and architecture. Highlights include:

• “Techno-Shamanism: The Sacred and Ineffable” around works by pioneering kinetic artist Takis whose solo exhibition recently opened at Tate Modern; including works by Angelo Plessas, Chrysanne Stathacos (The Breeder, Athens)

• Brazilian artist Jac Leirner and American artist Virginia Overton’s dual presentation on themes of consumerism and exchange (White Cube, London)

Philippe Parreno’s ‘Marquee’ series placed in dialogue with the transformative cityscapes of Chinese painter Cui Jie, together questioning the transformative power of architectural space (Pilar Corrias Gallery, London)

• Sculptural works themed around questions of displacement, impermanence and homelessness; featuring Pedro Cabrita Reis, Jimmie Durham, Jannis Kounellis and Giorgio Andreotta Calò (Sprovieri, London)

• Lisson Gallery will celebrate the life of pioneering American artist Joyce Pensato (1941–2019), with a survey of landmark works; alongside Pensato’s close friend and fellow Brooklyn-based artist, Stanley Whitney, showing five new oil-on-linen paintings.


New for 2019: Woven curated by Cosmin Costinas

Cosmin Costinas, writer, critic and Executive Director/Curator of Para Site (Hong Kong), has been invited to curate the new themed section at Frieze London 2019. Entitled Woven, the gallery-led section brings together eight artists whose practice is informed by rich and complex art genealogies, revealing the many ways in which contemporary practice is entangled with a plurality of traditions. The international artists featured in Woven are of different generations – from Brazil, the Philippines, China, India and Madagascar – and are working with vernacular, indigenous, or underground traditions, employing textiles and weaving, either in a direct way or as an expanded exploration of this fertile medium.

Costinas said: ‘Together these eight solo presentations will make visible the histories and continuous legacies of the colonial catastrophe, from the economies around textiles to current forms of exploitation and political complicity, as well as point to the various languages available to artistic practice in this critical effort.’

The participating artists and galleries in Woven are:

Pacita Abad (Silverlens, Manila) with a selection of trapunto paintings from Abad’s ‘Immigrant Experience’ series, produced in the early 1990s when the Ivatan and Filipino artist was living in Washington D.C.;

Joël Andrianomearisoa (Primae Noctis, Lugano) presenting new works, drawing parallels between the teachings of the Bauhaus and the use of fabric, a practice traditionally reserved exclusively to women;

Monika Correa (Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai): an artist belonging to a small group of Indian textile artists who have elevated weaving to fine art, Correa has devised new and radical techniques to create pictorial and abstract works in black and white.

Cian Dayrit (1335 Mabini, Manila), with 12 archival photographs taken by Dean Worchester during his travels to the Philippines in 1901; Dayrit’s critical presentation aims to dismantle the colonial gaze and imperialist view of indigenous culture

Chitra Ganesh (Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco): Unearthly Delights is an installation of mixed media paintings evoking a cosmic night garden as a post-apocalyptic site of regeneration.

José Leonilson (Galeria Marilia Razuk, São Paulo) with works in embroidery, a technique the Brazilian artist intensely dedicated himself to in the last years of his brief career.

Mrinalini Mukherjee (Nature Morte, New Delhi), following the artist’s acclaimed solo show at the Met Bruer (New York). This survey presentation features four sculptures, including a pivotal fibre piece from 1996, as well as bronze works from Mukherjee’s final period (2013).

Angela Su (Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong): Created during the turbulent months of protests in Hong Kong, this body of work uses hair embroidery, to reframe sewing as an extreme form of protest in the public domain; and lay bare the physical and psychological experiences of living in post-colonial Hong Kong.


Focus, the fair’s section for galleries aged 15 years or younger, continues to evolve as a platform for younger voices in the art community. For the first time, the section will be advised by an international committee of gallery peers comprising Stefan Benchoam (Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City), Edouard Malingue (Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong), and Angelina Volk (Emalin, London).

The section welcomes many first-time participants representing emerging art scenes around the globe, such as 80M2 Livia Benavides (Peru), Aike (Shanghai), Commonwealth and Council and and Wilding Cran Gallery (both Los Angeles), Company (New York), Drei (Cologne), Galerie Tanja Wagner (Berlin), Marfa’ (Beirut) and Temnikova & Kasela (Tallinn). Tiwani Contemporary (London) also takes part in Focus for the first time, joining young London galleries who return to the Focus section including Arcadia Missa, Emalin, Project Native Informant, Southard Reid, The Sunday Painter and Union Pacific.

Featuring 33 galleries from 19 countries, highlights for the 2019 Focus section include:

• A solo by New York-based Troy Michie focused on African American and Latinx cultural experience, immigration and queerness (Company, New York);

• Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s solo project commenting on “A Law for Regulating Negro and Indian Slaves in the Night Time” passed in 1713 (Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin);

Joy Labinjo – ahead of her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Newcastle in October 2019 – with work informed by the artist’s British-Nigerian heritage (Tiwani Contemporary, London);

• Artist, filmmaker and writer Sophia Al-Maria’s solo installation, coinciding with her Art Now show at Tate Britain (Project Native Informant, London);

Tang Dixin’s latest iteration of his ongoing performance project Rest is the Best Way of Revolution (Aike, Shanghai) employing live bodycasts;

• A presentation of plaster sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Karon Davis together with paintings by Californian artist Gary Lang (Wilding Cran, Los Angeles);

• Performance artist, filmmaker and musician Kembra Pfahler’s solo presentation with Emalin (London), combining Future Feminism and the underground scenes from 1970s Los Angeles and 1980s New York;

• An installation by Nicholas Pope, entitled Yahweh and The Seraphim, conceived as a non-denominational chapel, and continuing the artist’s overarching body of work exploring belief and lived experience (The Sunday Painter, London); and

• A solo project by Rolf Nowotny, who will recreate the former home and garden of his grandmother, to explore how dementia challenges our conception of subjecthood (Christian Andersen, Copenhagen)


The fair’s programme for performance works beyond the gallery booths is again curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt (Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka/Dhaka Art Summit). LIVE is a platform for timebased and performance work, presented by participating galleries.

Campbell-Betancourt said, ‘To be part of a movement, we have to be moved, as the feminist theorist Sara Ahmed writes in Living a Feminist Life (2017). This year’s LIVE programme aims to inspire a physical Frieze form of thinking where solutions can be found and felt within the body. Exploring the expanded field of dance and choreography in the context of the fair, interventions by artists from wide-ranging contexts from Argentina to Cambodia will reveal narratives of control present in architecture, language, colonialism, and protest illuminated through movement.’

Presenting performances and interactive installations throughout the fair, the artists participating in LIVE 2019 include:

Carlos Amorales (presented by Nils Staerk)

Cecilia Bengolea (presented by Almine Rech and àngels barcelona, with support from FLUXUS)

Shezad Dawood (presented by Jhaveri Contemporary and Timothy Taylor with support from Bagri Foundation; featuring costume design by Priya Ahluwalia and sound score by patten)

William Forsythe (presented by Gagosian)

Sophie Jung (presented by Sophie Tappeiner)

Yasmin Jahan Nupur (presented by Exhibit 320, co-commissioned with Dhaka Art Summit and Peabody Essex Museum)

Khvay Samnang (presented by Tomio Koyama with support from Delfina Foundation, choreographers and dancers by Mot Pharan with Sot Sovanndy)

Oskar Schlemmer (presented by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac)


London- and Delhi-based Himali Singh Soin is the winner of the Frieze Artist Award at Frieze London 2019. Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, the Award is a major opportunity for an emerging international artist to present an ambitious work at Frieze Art Fair. For the first time, the Frieze Artist Award will focus on the medium of film and is supported by Forma and Channel 4 Random Acts, who also selected the winning artist in collaboration with Frieze. Soin responded to a brief set by Random Acts that asked for proposals to consider the ‘state of the nation’. Singh Soin will debut her new commission at Frieze London 2019. Channel 4 Random Acts will also broadcast the film on Channel 4 and online this autumn.

This year’s winner, Himali Singh Soin takes the Victorian anxiety of an imminent glacial epoch as a point of departure to address ideas of ‘the alien other’. Combining poetry, performance and archival material, the moving image work uses the Artic landscape to foreground the contemporary climate crisis and dream up mythical, other-worldly Frieze Press Release, Page 9 of 24 September 2019: Frieze London Highlights futures. The film will be screened at 1pm every day in the The Standard, London Library & Auditorium.

Diana Campbell Betancourt said: ‘Beyond her visual arts practice, Himali Singh Soin is a poet and explorer and this award will allow this emerging artist to deepen her engagement with moving image as storytelling. This year, we’re thrilled to be working with both Forma and Channel 4 Random Acts, two of Europe’s leading creative producers, enabling ambitious film projects to reach new audiences. With this significant new commission, Himali will also explore intriguing and urgent questions about environment, history and myth.’


Frieze Talks is curated by Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) and Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios). 100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus, Frieze Talks 2019 will take inspiration from the school’s pioneering approach to interdisciplinarity, and its questioning of art’s relationship with a wider social world.

Highlights from this year’s programme include Diedrick Brackens (artist), whose narrative tapestries have brought weaving, pioneered at the Bauhaus by the likes of Anni Albers, back to centre stage of contemporary art; a panel discussion taking a critical look at the Bauhaus’ dominance in the art school imagination, including Ute Meta Bauer (NTU Singapore) and Kimathi Donkor (UAL) and chaired by Sam Thorne (Director, Nottingham Contemporary); and a conversation on performance – another key area of innovation for the Bauhaus - with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, the team responsible for the Golden Lion winning Lithuanian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. This year’s CAS Curatorial Summit returns with the title ‘It Belongs to Me! Curation, Culture, Censorship and the Resurgent Far Right’, examining institutional resistance to far right politics in Austria, Brazil, Turkey and beyond.

Talks are free and take place daily, from Thursday at 2pm and 4pm; seats can be reserved at the auditorium from 12pm on the day. For the full programme and timings, go to frieze.com.


The third BMW Open Work has been commissioned from acclaimed Paris-based artist Camille Blatrix. Curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, BMW Open Work gives an artist a platform to push the boundaries of their art, starting the project with a creative dialogue between arts, technology, engineering and design to pursue their practice in innovative new directions. Blatrix will present the new commission in the BMW Lounge at Frieze London 2019


Two prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding gallery presentations across the fair.

The Stand Prize is awarded to a gallery in the main gallery section, and is judged this year by the following international curators: Courtney J Martin, Director, Yale Center for British Art; Moritz Wesseler, Director, Fridericianum, Kassel; and Kitty Scott, Carol and Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario. The Stand Prize will be announced at 4pm on Wednesday 2 October.

The Focus Stand Prize, awarded to a gallery in the Focus section for spaces aged 15 years or younger, will be judged by: Fatoş Üstek, Director, Liverpool Biennial; Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art; and Tanya Barson, Chief Curator, MACBA Barcelona. The Stand Prize will be announced at 4pm on Thursday 3 October.


Allied Editions is a unique artist editions collective made up of seven of London’s leading not-for-profit arts organizations. For Frieze London 2019, Camden Arts Centre, Chisenhale Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Serpentine Galleries, South London Gallery, Studio Voltaire and Whitechapel Gallery will be joined by Nottingham Contemporary. Supported by Frieze, the collective hosts a shared stand at Frieze London and leading contemporary artists donate all editions, with the proceeds directly supporting the organizations’ exhibition and education programmes. Visitors to Allied Editions’ stand at Frieze London will be able to purchase exclusive artist editions by prominent international artists. New editions will launch exclusively at the fair, with editions available from as little as £100. To date, the initiative has raised over £1,300,000.


Following its celebrated launch last year, the Frieze BBC Debate returns with two broadcast events, including: Michael Govan (LACMA) speaking with Philip Dodd (BBC) at Frieze Masters on 5 October; and a panel with Philip Tinari (UCCA Center for Contemporary Art), Kennie Ting (Asian Civilizations Museum) and Laurence des Cars (Musée d’Orsay) at RIBA on 4 October. Both talks will be broadcast for Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s flagship art and culture programme.


Pop-ups from London’s best restaurants, cafés and bars include newcomers Frenchie and Gimlet Bar joining returning Frieze favourites including Petersham Nurseries, Moro, Bodega Rita’s, La Grotta Ices, Pizza Pilgrims, Ahi Poké, Company Drinks, GAIL’s and the Bombay Sapphire Lounge.


Opening 3 July to 6 October, Frieze Sculpture in London is selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and presented in collaboration with leading galleries from around the world. Creating a major public art display at the heart of London, Frieze Sculpture brings together more than 20 international artists to present new and modern artworks in monumental scale, all placed around the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park. Building on Frieze’s commitment to emerging artists, logistics partner Mtec again supports the installation of two works presented by young London galleries.

Selected by Lilley from an open call for gallery applications, the participating artists for Frieze Sculpture 2019 are: Iván Argote, Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Huma Bhabha, Peter Buggenhout, Jodie Carey, Ma Desheng, Tracey Emin, Lars Fisk, Barry Flanagan, Charlie Godet Thomas, Leiko Ikemura, Robert Indiana, Vik Muniz, Zak Ové, Jaume Plensa, Bettina Pousttchi, Tom Sachs, Lucy Skaer, LR Vandy, Joanna Rajkowska, TaiJung Um, Bill Woodrow and Emily Young.


Frieze Masters and Frieze London catalyze a festival of culture across the city, with the London’s world-class museums hosting special events and major exhibitions. Highlights of Frieze Week 2019 include:

Anna Maria Maiolino at Whitechapel Gallery

Kara Walker: Hyundai Turbine Commission at Tate Modern

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

Danh Vō at South London Gallery

Tony Cokes at Goldsmith Centre for Contemporary Art

Elizabeth Peyton at the National Portrait Gallery

Rembrandt’s Light at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gauguin Portraits at The National Gallery


Frieze x National Saturday Club

The National Saturday Club is the charity partner for Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2019. The National Saturday Club is a unique educational model, which offers 13-16 year olds from across the UK the opportunity to study subjects they love at their local university, college or cultural institution for free. With a focus on widening access for harder to reach young people, the programme provides invaluable insight into the pathways to further and higher education and the rewarding careers that exist in the creative sector.

Ship of Tolerance

Brought to London by The Kabakov Foundation and Art Action Change, as part of the 2019 Totally Thames festival, the Ship of Tolerance is an international art project by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov dedicated to educating and connecting children from different cultures through the universal language of art. Located at the fair entrance.

Families Create with the Zabludowicz Collection

On 5 October, the Zabludowicz Collection (London) will present a special offsite Families Create at Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park. Artist Rosemary Cronin will lead the workshop, which will take place from 3 to 5pm and is recommended for anyone from 3 years of age.


• In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze London 2019 partners with BMW, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, ARTO LIFEWTR, MATCHESFASHION, RICHARD MILLE, Official Champagne Ruinart, and Financial Times.


Universal Design Studio will again devise the Frieze London 2019 structure, enhancing the quality of visitors’ experience.

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