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Frieze Masters 2016: Programme & Gallery Highlights including Extraordinary Works, Talks & Sculpture Park


The fifth edition of Frieze Masters will take place from 6–9 October, with a Preview Day on Wednesday 5 October. Installed in a vibrant, light-filled structure designed by Annabelle Selldorf in The Regent’s Park, Frieze Mas­ters brings together 133 of the world’s leading historical and modern galler­ies. The quality and diversity of the 2016 fair is further strengthened through Frieze’s collaborations with leading international curators, including Toby Kamps (The Menil Collection, Houston), Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculp­ture Park), Tim Marlow (Royal Academy, London) and Sir Norman Rosenthal (independent curator), who have created sections and pro­grammes dedicated to artistic discovery and connoisseurship.

Frieze Masters is supported by main sponsor Deutsche Bank for the fifth con­secutive year, with Gucci as Associate Sponsor and sponsor of Frieze Masters Talks.

Encompassing expertly vetted art and antiquities from the ancient era to Old Masters to the late 20th century, Frieze Masters presents dynamic juxtaposi­tions of period and genre, fostering new discoveries across art history. For the first time, the fair will host a Reading Room with hourly events, along­side the celebrated Frieze Masters Talks programme. Coinciding with the contemporary fair Frieze London, as well as the Frieze Sculpture Park, 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.

Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs said, ‘The quality and breadth of work in Frieze Masters keeps it fresh and exciting each year. I am looking forward to seeing even more antiquities dealers in the fair, as well as Indian art, alongside the best Old Masters and 20th-century work. Curators play an important role in this fair as well as in our contemporary fairs, and this year we welcome Tim Marlow (Director of Artistic Programmes, Royal Acad-emy, London) who is co-curating Frieze Masters Talks, and Toby Kamps of the Menil Collection in Houston who is presenting his first edition of Spotlight. Once again we will see galleries from different fields collaborate on ground-breaking presentations, as the fair continues to offer new models for looking at and collecting art.’

The Art Fund Curators Programme at Frieze Masters

For the first time, Frieze Masters and Art Fund will host a curators pro­gramme at Frieze Masters, bringing leading US curators to meet and ex­change ideas with their UK counterparts through a talk, workshop and tour. Exploring different models of working – from collection care and develop­ment, to loaning, partnerships and research opportunities – the programme includes a discussion led by Stephen Deuchar (Director, Art Fund) and Nich­olas Cullinan (Director, National Portrait Gallery). Curators will then take part in a workshop before touring the fair with the Frieze Masters vetting committee. Participating curators from the US include: Laurence Kanter (Chief Curator and Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art, Yale University Art Gallery) and Alisa LaGamma, (Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator in Charge, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Metropolitan Museum of Art); and from the UK: Pippa Stephenson, (Curator of European Art, Glasgow Museums); Nicola Kalinsky, (Director, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham) and Mark Elliott, (Senior Curator for Anthropology, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge).

World-Renowned Artists

Fair visitors will discover works by Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, Georges Braque, Lygia Clark, Edgar Degas, Eugène De­lacroix, Marlene Dumas, Lucian Freud, Francisco de Goya, Philip Guston, Barbara Hepworth, John Hoyland, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Jasper Johns, Martin Kippenberger, Paul Klee, Willem de Kooning, Henri Mat­isse, Fausto Melotti, Joan Miró, Alice Neel, Barnett Newman, Emil Nolde, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Mira Schendel, Graham Sutherland, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Cy Twombly, Jean-Édouard Vuillard and Andy Warhol – among many others.

New Galleries

The 2016 edition marks the first participation of a number of leading galler­ies that specialize in ancient art and antiquities, such as:

  • Phoenix Ancient Art (New York);
  • Kallos Gallery (London); and
  • Galerie Chenel (Paris) and Sycomore Ancient Art (Geneva) coming into the main section following their debuts in Collections last year.

Old Masters experts Koetser Gallery (Zurich) also join the fair, alongside specialists in 20th-century art Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris) and Mas­simo De Carlo (Milan), and photography, Kicken Berlin (Berlin), among others.

Innovative Gallery Collaborations

Building on prominent gallery collaborations from the 2015 edition, 18 in­ternational galleries will partner to mount creative and thought-provoking presentations for Frieze Masters 2016.

  • Collaborating for the first time, Salon 94 (New York) and Bernard de Grunne (Brussels) will juxtapose figurative works by Judy Chicago with African and Oceanic sculptures, to explore representations of the body in a stand designed by leading British architect David Adjaye;
  • For the second time, Hauser & Wirth and Moretti Fine Art (both London) will work together, this time creating a fictional domestic environment of an eclectic private collector, collapsing the boundaries between con­temporary art and ancient artefact in a stand designed and curated by architect Luis Laplace;
  • Newcomers Sies + Höke (Düsseldorf) and Kicken Berlin (Berlin) have cu­rated a show centered on the photography of Sigmar Polke (1941–2010), his peers and influences, from Man Ray to Francesca Woodman; and
  • Sebastian Izzard Asian Art (New York) and London Gallery (Tokyo), specialists in Japanese and Buddhist art respectively, will combine their collections for a presentation spanning a thousand years of Japanese his­tory in a variety of mediums, including medieval ceramics and Negoro lacquerware.

Solo Exhibitions & Extraordinary Objects

Frieze Masters 2016 draws 106 established galleries from around the world to present major solo and group exhibitions across its main section. This year’s edition features an increased presence of female modern masters, including:

  • Anni Albers (Alan Cristea Gallery, London);
  • Paula Rego (Marlborough Fine Art, London); and
  • Susan Rothenberg (Sperone Westwater, New York).

Other solo exhibitions include: Robert Motherwell (Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London), Eduardo Paolozzi (Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London), James Rosenquist (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris), Frank Stella (Mari­anne Boesky, Dominique Lévy and Sprüth Magers and Auguste Rodin (Bowman Sculpture, London), ahead of a major exhibition at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art

Specialist art and antiquity dealers will bring rare presentations of singular pieces, including:

  • An Egyptian mummy mask from the 26th Dynasty (Ariadne Galleries, New York); a life-size wooden face of an Egyptian nobleman (6th to 7th Dynasty) (Rupert Wace Ancient Art, London); and
  • One of the oldest ancient idols extant in Cyladic art (5th millennium B.C), presented by David Ghezelbash Archéologie, Paris. Highlights from the Old Masters and Modern painting include:
  • Dickinson (London) will reveal an iconic painting by René Magritte (1898-1967) – L’Empire des lumières (1949) – the very first work from the artist’s most influential and celebrated series, originally owned by Nelson Rockefeller, and a highlight of the gallery’s Surrealism-themed stand;
  • Daxer & Marchall (Munich) will present a painting by Wassily Wassi­lyevich Kandinsky (1866-1944) from 1901, shown in museum exhibitions and only now emerging from a private collection after several decades;
  • and a newly discovered shell painting by influential Dutch still-life artist Willem Kelf (1619-93) at Salomon Lilian, Amsterdam Works on paper include:
  • Daniel Crouch Rare Books’ (London) exhibition of Morgan and Ogil­by’s 1676 plan of post-Great Fire London;
  • A rare Book of Hours (c.1520), illuminated by Gerard Horenbout and originally commissioned as a gift from the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to his childhood tutor (Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books, Basel);
  • A previously unknown and unpublished painting by Italian Baroque art­ist Annibale Carracci (1560-1609).

Themed Presentations

Frieze Masters continues to build on its reputation for museum-quality cu-rated shows, with highlights including:

  • Blum & Poe’s stand dedicated to a re-reading of the CoBRA movment and the artists it influenced – featuring work by Phillip Guston, Martin Kippenberger and Georg Baselitz, among others; and
  • Luxembourg & Dayan’s (London/New York) ‘Formless’ exhibition explore abject art and bringing together work by Marcel Duchamp, Lucio Fontana, Robert Morris, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly; and Claes Oldenburg in the Sculpture Park.

Spotlight: Rare Presentations of 20th-Century Artists Curated for the first time by Toby Kamps (The Menil Collection, Houston) and expanding from 15 to 21 stands, Spotlight builds on its reputation for thoughtfully designed, museum-quality presentations, revealing foundation­al movements in art through pioneering 20th-century figures worldwide.

Toby Kamps said: ‘Spotlight at Frieze Masters features a diverse range of rare and under-recognized bodies of work, that add new complexity and interest to the stories of modern and contemporary art. Like previous versions, it illu­minates important and influential figures from outside European and North American mainstreams in Latin America, Asia and South Asia. This year’s section also shines a special light on women artists, those who challenged or subverted the period’s dominant stylistic and cultural narratives, and bril­liant outliers who forged unique and powerful visions.’

Among the many highlights will be:

  • Mrinalini Mukherjee (1949-2015), a key female sculptor from the post­war period who challenged boundaries between art and craft, presented by Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai);
  • Wolfgang Paalen (1905-1959, with Gallery Wendi Norris, San Fran­cisco – little-seen sculpture and painting by the avant-garde artist and theorist;
  • Li Yuan-Chia (1929-1994), with Richard Saltoun, London – one of the first Conceptual artists in China; and
  • Carol Rama (1918-2015) with Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin – a self-taught Italian artist whose paintings questioned narratives of sexual­ity, madness, animalism, life and death.

Collections with Sir Norman Rosenthal

Following its acclaimed debut in 2015, the Collections section returns with eight specialist galleries chosen by Sir Norman Rosenthal, who said: ‘These dealers represent an enormous repository of art - each of the selected presen­tations is a kernel of an idea that could easily develop into significant exhibi­tions at any of the worlds’ great museums.’

The section features an array of thoughtfully curated presentations of ex­traordinary historical art and objects of the highest quality, still available to buy: Highlights include:

  • Exceptional Suprematist and Constructivist ceramics (Sophia Contem­porary Gallery, London);
  • Exquisite icons and Byzantine works (Axia, London);
  • Simon Theobold’s (London) exploration of German Expressionism’s rela­tionship with the ‘Cult of Nature’;
  • Galerie Ulrich Fiedler’s (Berlin) ‘Destijl room’ containing artworks and furniture by Theo van Doesburg and Gerrit Thomas Rietveld; and
  • The Gallery Of Everything’s (London) recreation of groundbreaking early exhibits at Jean Dubuffet’s Le Foyer de l’Art Brut

Frieze Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park will be open from 5 October 2016 – 8 January 2017, with free entry to all. Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, York-shire Sculpture Park), 20 works by 20th-century masters and contemporary talents will be placed throughout the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park, creating a free outdoor exhibition at the centre of London.

For the first time, Art Fund is the programming partner for the Sculpture Park, presenting workshops for the duration of the three-month exhibition as well as the new-look Frieze Sculpture Guide App, available to download from 5 October.

Featuring works presented by galleries participating in Frieze Masters and Frieze London, the park’s historical highlights include:

  • The park’s first-ever conceptual work – a remaking of a rare 1969 piece by Ed Herring (Richard Saltoun Gallery, London);
  • Classic painted sculptures by Claes Oldenburg (Luxembourg & Dayan, London) and Jean Dubuffet (Waddington Custot Galleries, London); and
  • Iconic works by British post-war artists including Eduardo Paolozzi (Bowman Sculpture, London) and Lynn Chadwick (Blain|Southern, London)

Frieze Masters Talks Co-curated for the first time by Tim Marlow (Royal Academy, London) and Jennifer Higgie ( frieze & Frieze Masters Magazine), Frieze Masters Talks will present panels and conversations exploring relationships between his­torical art and contemporary practice. Frieze Masters Talks is supported by Gucci, Associate Sponsor of the fair.

Highlights include:

  • A panel on contemporary art in historical museums and vice versa with Okwui Enwezor (Haus der Kunst, Munich), Hou Hanru (MAXXI, Rome) and Sheena Wagstaff (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), chaired by Jennifer Higgie;
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (artist) and Gabriele Finaldi (National Gallery, London) in conversation;
  • A panel on feminist art chaired by writer and curator Alison Gingeras with Nancy Grossman and Joan Semmel – two artists featuring in this years Frieze Masters Spotlight section;
  • Philippe Parreno (artist) in conversation with Nancy Spector (Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum);
  • Marlene Dumas (artist) on portraiture; and
  • Cornelia Parker (artist) in conversation with Maria Balshaw (the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery).

The Reading Room

For the first time, visitors are invited to take part in book signings, conversa­tions and artist events hosted by world-leading cultural publications, as well as the National Galery, in the new Reading Room. Highlights include:

  • Art in America: David Anfam (co-curator of ‘Abstract Expressionism’ at the Royal Academy of Arts) and Sir Norman Rosenthal in conver­sation; and
  • The National Gallery will present a ‘scent-chamber’ in response to Saint Francis Renounces His Earthly Father (1437-44) by Sassetta.