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Frieze London Announces Galleries, Curators and a New Section for the 2017 Fair


The 15th edition of Frieze London takes place from 5–8 October, with a Preview Day on Wednesday, 4 October. More than 160 leading galleries from across the world will 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, curator Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) will co-advise on the Focus section dedicated to emerging galleries; and Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London) will curate Frieze Talks for the first time, exploring artists’ response to an age of ‘alternative facts’. The 2017 fair will feature a new themed gallery section devoted to the legacy of radical feminist artists, curated by Alison Gingeras (independent curator). Frieze London 2017 once more coincides with Frieze Masters and Frieze Sculpture in The Regent’s Park, together forming the heart of Frieze Week, the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar.

Frieze London is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the 14th consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

Continuing Frieze’s enduring relationship with collecting institutions, Frieze London again partners with two acquisition funds for UK public collections, including the Frieze Tate Fund, supported by WME | IMG; and the second edition of the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze, this year supporting the Towner Art Gallery (Eastbourne). Allied Editions also returns to the fair, raising vital funds for seven non-profit galleries across London and guest regional partner, Focal Point Gallery (Southend-on-Sea).

Victoria Siddall, Director, Frieze Fairs said: ‘The list of exhibitors for Frieze London is stronger than ever - from the emerging to the world’s most established – signifying that Frieze Week in this city continues to be a vital hub for international galleries. Following the fantastic reception received byThe Nineties last year, I’m looking forward to another innovative, thoughtprovoking curated section, this time celebrating radical women artists as well as the ground-breaking role of their galleries. And for the first time, Frieze Sculpture will open in July, creating a free public exhibition of extraordinary outdoor works that will take us through to Frieze Week in October.’

World-leading GalleriesFrieze London welcomes the return of leading international galleries that will present ambitious solo and group shows across the fair’s main and Focus sections. Highlights in the main section include: Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Marian Goodman, Hauser & Wirth, Anton Kern, Massimo de Carlo, Gagosian, kurimanzutto, Matthew Marks, kamel mennour, Esther Schipper, Sprüth Magers, Luisa Strina, The Box, David Zwirner, VI, VII, 47 Canal, Antenna Space, Jacquleine Martins, Carlos/Ishikawa, Instituto de Visión and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler among many others.

Building on Frieze’s long-term commitment to supporting galleries throughout their development, this year four returning exhibitors who first exhibited at Frieze London in the Focus section will join the main section for the first time, including Clearing (New York), Fonti (Naples), Simon Preston (New York) and Société (Berlin).

Artists Featured in International Exhibitions Frieze London will be an opportunity to encounter work by some of the world’s most significant artists, showing in major biennials and museum shows. Highlights include:

  • Alicja Kwade’s solo with kamel mennour (Paris) coinciding with the Berlin-based artist’s standout installation in the main exhibition at the Venice Biennale as well as the artist’s inclusion in Frieze Sculpture;
  • Mary Reid Kelley with Pilar Corrias (London) – just ahead of her first UK museum show at Tate Liverpool in November 2017;
  • A group show including The Unfinished Installation, a seminal work by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov on the opening of their major exhibition at Tate Modern (October 2017 to January 2018), with Sprovieri (London);
  • Frank Bowling and Virginia Jaramillo, two major artists also featuring in Tate Modern’s ‘Soul of A Nation’ exhibition; alongside Carolee Schneemann, recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2017; all with Hales (London);
  • Thomas Ruff’s solo presentation with Galerie Rudiger Schöttle (Munich), coinciding with the artist’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery (September 2017–January 2018)

New section: Sex Work

New for 2017, Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics is curated by independent curator and scholar Alison Gingeras. Featuring women artists working at the extreme edges of feminist practice since the 1960s, and the galleries who supported them, highlights from the section include:

  • Galerie Andrea Caratsch with Betty Tompkins;
  • Blum and Poe with Penny Slinger;
  • Richard Saltoun with Renate Bertlmann;
  • Salon 94 with Marilyn Minter;
  • Hubert Winter with Birgit Jürgenssen

Alison Gingeras said: ‘This special section of Frieze pays homage to artists who transgressed sexual mores, gender norms and the tyranny of political correctness and were frequently the object of censorship in their day. Sex Work will also highlight the seminal role galleries have played in exhibiting the radical women artists who were not easily assimilated into mainstream narratives of feminist art.

These galleries often blazed a trail for museum exhibitions. Many figures in this section such as Renate Bertlmann, Birgit Jürgenssen, Marilyn Minter, Penny Slinger and Betty Tompkins, were too transgressive to be included in anthologizing museum shows which arguably forged a consensual canon for important feminist art. The belated reception of these pioneering women has had a profound impact on many artists working today and resonate more than ever with the new feminisms that are taking shape in response to contemporary political realities.’

Focus section:

Emerging Talents Bringing together 34 galleries from Cairo to Berlin, Focus features galleries aged 12 years or younger. Advised for the first time by Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) in collaboration with returning curator Fabian Schoeneich (Portikus, Frankfurt), highlights include:

  • An installation-performance by Lloyd Corporation at Carlos/Ishikawa in which wholesale-style ‘lots’ of material are auctioned off to fair visitors;
  • A new installation including a video essay by Hannah Black at Arcadia Missa, coinciding with the artist’s solo show at London’s Chisenhale Gallery;
  • Various Small Fires recreating a site-specific variation of The Harrisons’ ‘Survival’ series, inspired by research into adapting to climate change - in this case, a proposal for the indoor cultivation of fruit trees
  • Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) with Anna Uddenberg whose uncanny figurative sculptures were a highlight of the Berlin Biennial 9 (2016)

Galleries join for the first time from Egypt (Gypsum, Cairo), Peru (Revolver Galería, Lima) and South Africa (blank projects, Cape Town), offering a truly global overview of emerging talents. Other galleries making their Frieze London debut in Focus include, among others, Cooper Cole (Toronto), Emalin (London), Institutio de Visión (Bogotá), Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) and Union Pacific (London).

Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund

The Contemporary Art Society Collections Fund at Frieze returns for a second year, following the successful launch at Frieze London 2016, which supported the acquisition of major works by John Akomfrah and Kader Attia for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA). This year’s chosen beneficiary is the Towner Art Gallery museum (Eastbourne), which is looking to expand its significant collection, with work exploring the theme of landscape in a time of political change. The acquisition will be announced on Wednesday 4 October.

Frieze Tate Fund supported by WME | IMG

Established in 2003 as the first acquisition fund connected to an art fair, the 2017 Frieze Tate Fund will provide £150,000 for Tate to acquire works of art at Frieze London this October. Tate has acquired more than 100 works at Frieze London, with nine artworks by Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Leonor Antunes and Phillip Lai added to the collection in 2016. Supported by WME IMG, the artworks acquired by the fund will be announced during the fair.

Frieze Sculpture

Opening in the summer for the first time (5 July to 8 October), Frieze Sculpture – London’s largest showcase of major outdoor art, selected by Clare Lilley of Yorkshire Sculpture Park – will include significant sculptural works by Sir Anthony Caro (Annely Juda Fine Art), John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer (both Gagosian), Takuro Kuwata (Alison Jacques Gallery and Salon 94), Alicja Kwade (kamel mennour), Eduardo Paolozzi (Pangolin), Ugo Rondinone (Sadie Coles HQ) and Sarah Sze (Victoria Miro), among others.

Art Fund returns as programming partner and will produce the Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour App, as well as a programme of educational tours to further encourage public engagement with Frieze Sculpture. In addition, the free London Summer Art Map, featuring Frieze Sculpture, will be available at all Zone 1 London Tube stations from 3 July.

Allied Editions

Allied Editions also returns this year, with its guest regional partner, Focal Point Gallery (Southend-on-Sea). A unique collective organised by Camden Arts Centre, Chisenhale Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), South London Gallery, Studio Voltaire, Serpentine Galleries and Whitechapel Gallery, Allied Editions has raised half a million pounds through selling artist editions at Frieze London since its inception.

Frieze Talks

Curated for the first time by Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London) Frieze Talks will explore how - in an age of ‘alternative facts’ - art and artists’ capacity to beguile, disorientate and disrupt conventional notions of ‘the real’ takes on new meanings. Featuring today’s most influential artists, writers, curators and thinkers, the full programme will be announced in September.

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. Highlights include:

  • Thomas Ruff at the Whitechapel Gallery
  • ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’ at Tate Modern and SUPERFLEX for the Hyundai Commission at the Tate Turbine Hall
  • Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain
  • John Akomfrah and Jean-Michel Basquiat for the Curve Commission at the Barbican

Reading Room

Returning for a third year, the Reading Room offers visitors the opportunity to meet writers, editors and artists in book signings and events, hosted daily by the world’s leading arts and lifestyle publications.

Frieze Projects

Supported by the LUMA Foundation and curated by Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich), the non-profit programme of artist commissions will feature Marc Bauer, Donna Kukama, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, Lucy + Jorge Orta, SPIT! (Carlos Motta, John Arthur Peetz, Carlos Maria Romero), Georgina Starr and Frieze Artist Award-winner Kiluanji Kia Henda.

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 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.


2017 sees the return of favourites including Petersham Nurseries, Gail’s Artisan Bakery, Brunswick House, Yalumba, Pizza Pilgrims, Company Drinks with exciting new additions, Jason Atherton’s Social Wine and Tapas and Ahi Poké.

Sponsors and Partners

In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze London partners with BMW, Art Fund, the Financial Times, Official Champagne Ruinart, Contemporary Art Society and new partner Lavazza. Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation for the third consecutive year. Hotel Café Royal is the main hotel partner for Frieze London 2017.

Universal Design Studio will again devise the Frieze London 2017 structure, enhancing the quality of visitors’ experience.