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Frieze Masters Announces Galleries, Curators and Sections for 2018 Edition


The seventh edition of Frieze Masters takes place from 5–7 October, with two Preview Days on Wednesday 3 October and Thursday 4 October

Featuring six millennia of art history from across the world, including a strong representation of Old Master galleries and Asian specialists this year; enhanced by curated sections showcasing extraordinary objects and pioneers of the avant-garde

The seventh edition of Frieze Masters takes place from 5–7 October, with two Preview Days on Wednesday 3 October and Thursday 4 October

Featuring six millennia of art history from across the world, including a strong representation of Old Master galleries and Asian specialists this year; enhanced by curated sections showcasing extraordinary objects and pioneers of the avant-garde

Frieze Masters presents more than 130 international galleries showcasing an unrivalled range and quality of expertly vetted artwork, from Old Masters and antiquities, to tribal and 20th-century art. Eminent curators from worldclass institutions advise on gallery sections and programmes, opening up new perspectives and unexpected juxtapositions, in a contemporary environment designed by Annabelle Selldorf. Opening for the first time with a two-day Preview, Frieze Masters coincides with Frieze London and Frieze Sculpture in The Regent’s Park, together catalyzing the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supports Frieze Masters for the seventh consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

The 2018 programme is shaped by international curators, who bring unique perspectives on art history and create an exceptional environment for quality and discovery. Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston) will curate Spotlight, solo presentations by revolutionary figures of the avant-garde; alongside Sir Norman Rosenthal (independent curator), whose Collections section will feature a new array of specialist dealers with extraordinary art and objects. Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts, London) returns to oversee the daily Frieze Masters Talks programme, this year featuring women international artists in conversation with museum directors and curators.

World-Leading Historical and Modern Galleries

Continuing to expand the artwork on offer at the fair, new additions to the main section include a significant number of leading Old Master specialists, such as Galerie Canesso, De Jonckheere, Galerie G. Sarti, and Stair Sainty Gallery; early Chinese art specialists Gisèle Croës, modern galleries kamel mennour and Parrasch Heijnen; and specialist in Indian painting, Islamic and European textiles, Francesca Galloway.

The 2018 edition also sees the return of some of the world’s most important historical dealers and galleries, including, among many others: Acquavella, Ariadne Galleries, Bacarelli Botticelli, Colnaghi, Entwistle Gallery, Sam Fogg, Les Enluminures, Gagosian, Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books, Hauser & Wirth, Lévy Gorvy, Johnny van Haeften, Kunstkammer Georg Laue and Prahlad Bubbar.

Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze) said: ‘Following record attendance and significant sales at all levels last year, I’m really looking forward to the seventh edition of Frieze Masters. This fair is defined by its extraordinary quality and breath-taking diversity and the fair genuinely offers something for everyone, from the most knowledgeable connoisseurs to those who are new to historical art. We’re thrilled to be welcoming more galleries specializing in Old Master and Asian art to the fair this year, and as always the curated sections will be highly-edited places for discovery. The focus on women artists in our talks programme and in Frieze Masters Magazine feels timely and exciting and creates strong curatorial links to our programming at Frieze London.’

Museum-Grade Exhibitions of Works for Sale

Monographic exhibitions of major 20th-century figures will include:

  • A rare presentation by seminal American artist Richard Diebenkorn (with Van Doren Waxter, New York);
  • Early and significant prints by the recently deceased British painter Howard Hodgkin (Alan Cristea Gallery, London);
  • A solo installation by Russian artist duo Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, following their 2017 retrospective at Tate Modern (Galleria Continua);
  • kamel mennour’s and Lévy Gorvy’s collaboration on a survey presentation of François Morellet, devised by Beatrice Gross who curated the artist’s retrospective at Dia:Chelsea and Dia:Beacon (New York); and
  • A survey of works from 1970 to the present day by seminal Indian-born artist Zarina (Luhring Augustine).

Leading galleries will build on the fair’s reputation for ambitiously curated exhibitions, with highlights including:

  • Collaborating for the fourth year, Hauser & Wirth and Moretti Fine Art dedicate their presentation to Stephen Spender, portraying the poet’s life and relationships through objects and artworks;
  • Leading contemporary artist Adam Pendleton will curate Pace Gallery’s stand, bringing together abstract paintings by figures including Agnes Martin, Josef Albers, Robert Ryman, Sol LeWitt and Lee Ufan; and
  • Galerie Meyer Oceanic Art will present archaic sculpture from the Arctic Circle, coinciding with the ‘Oceania’ exhibition at the Royal Academy (London);

From Old Masters to ancient Chinese masterpieces, the fair will showcase a diversity of extraordinary artworks and objects from across the world. Highlights include:

  • Johnny Van Haeften gallery’s presentation of more than 30 Dutch and Flemish Old Masters;
  • Gisèle Croës brings a range of Chinese masterpieces – from a magnificent pair of imperial cloisonné enamel palace vases (18thC AD) to ancient ritual bronzes including an imposing bronze bell (8th-5thC BC),
  • Japanese sagemono and netsuke – accessories worn from 1600 to 1870 – presented by Max Rutherston, together with Japanese prints from Israel Goldman; and
  • Les Enluminures showing exceptional illuminated manuscripts, miniatures, and medieval and Renaissance gold rings.


Curated by Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston), the celebrated Spotlight section returns with a record 26 solo presentations by avantgarde 20th-century artists. Kamps said, ‘This year’s Spotlight section presents a global selection of 20th-century artists deserving of greater attention. Many are female, queer, or artists of color, and others chose eccentric media and approaches or worked in places cut off from major art centers.’ Highlights include, among others:

  • Protests against the limitations of gender and sexual strictures, such as rare erotic drawings by the father of Russian film, Sergei Eisenstein; paintings by iconic video artist Derek Jarman, created during turning points in the artist’s life; and works by Pierre Molinier, one of the cornerstones of gender studies;
  • Reverberations of the global Pop Art movement include Italian painters, Titina Masselli and Valerio Adami, exploring consumer-culture and Fururist ideas of contemporary living; Rosalyn Drexler and Gathie Falk from the United States and Canada, respectively, looking at sexual politics and the domestic sphere in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Postwar abstract painting include Joe Overstreet’s submerging of his experiences as an African American in large, tent-like works on canvases; Dorothy Antoinette ‘Toni’ La Selle, a pioneer of non-objective art in Texas during the midcentury; and Japanese Key Hiraga paints exuberantly mad expressions of the optical overload of contemporary life.
  • Other artists deploy non-traditional materials such as American artist Lenore Tawney, who transforms the modernist grid into elegant, diaphanous textile works; Greek sculptor Nausica Pastra exploring pure geometry in spare, space-defining objects; Yugoslavian/Croatian artist Ivan Kozaric searches for formal and intellectual freedom through a range of mediums from sculpture to assemblage to action; and Argentinian draftsperson Mirtha Dermisache take language and thought to the outer limit in asemic writing.
  • British ‘walking artist’ Hamish Fulton and Dutch conceptual artist Stanley Brouwn push art into new territories, from Fulton’s carefully documented hikes to Brouwn’s barely-there text-drawings.
  • Plus artists who resist categorization, such as Italian/Brazilian artist Alfredo Volpi who presages the transcendent geometries of Brazilian concrete art through his drawings and trademark small flags; Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako fuses the personal and political in photographs of her hometown Yokosuka, which is dominated by an American naval base; and Ernesto Shikhani, a painter and drawer from Mozambique, expresses life before and after his country’s independence and civil war in the 1970s through haunting images

Collections with Sir Norman Rosenthal

Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, the celebrated Collections section continues to bring new types of work to the fair and showcase extraordinary artworks and objects. Featuring seven galleries who are all new to the fair, highlights include, among others:

  • Mitochu Koeki Gallery will pay homage to a group of pioneering Japanese craftsmen through a presentation of early 20th-century ceramics;
  • AR-PAB, Alvaro Roquette & Pedro Aguiar-Branco’s presentation of Portuguese Colonial Art from the 16th to 18th centuries; and
  • Yves Macaux, who will be showing a selection of works by designers from Wiener Werkstaette movement, who were early 20th-century Viennese pioneers of modern design.

Art Fund Curators Programme

The Art Fund Curators Programme will return to the fair, bringing together museum professionals from the UK and internationally to explore how French, Italian and Spanish Old Master painting and sculpture collections can engage contemporary audiences. This is the third year of the programme, led by Gabriele Finaldi (Director, National Gallery, London) and Paola D’Agostino (Director, Museo Nazionale del Bargello). Further details will be announced in the coming months.

Frieze Masters Talks

Taking place daily in the fair’s auditorium, Frieze Masters Talks is once again curated by Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts, London). Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, this year’s programme will feature women contemporary artists in conversation with museum curators and directors. Previous participants include Marina Abramovic, Lawrence Weiner and Luke Syson. The full programme for 2018 will be announced in the coming months.

Frieze Masters Magazine

To commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, the seventh edition of Frieze Masters Magazine is themed around the achievements of women artists throughout history. Edited by Jennifer Higgie (Editorial Director, Frieze), features include Griselda Pollock on Impressionism as the first gender-equal art movement in Western art history; Sheryl Reiss exploring the contributions of women art patrons; Claudia Calirman looking at trailblazing female Brazilian modernists; and Charmaine Nelson on the extraordinary life of 19thcentury artist Mary Edmonia Lewis, who was the first sculptor of both African American and Indigenous heritage to achieve international acclaim. Plus: in a newly launched section, museum directors from around the world highlight an important work in their collection by a woman artist. For the seventh year in a row, we have invited a cross-section of international artists to nominate a work of art from the past that has inspired them. Frieze Masters Magazine will be published in September.

Frieze Art & Architecture Conference

Taking place on 2 October 2018 at the Royal Institution (London), the third edition of the Frieze Art & Architecture Conference looks at recent projects from architects around the world to consider how the form and function of cultural institutions are evolving, and presents long-term works by artists who are reassessing how and where we live. Speakers will include: Shigeru Ban, Jamie Fobert, Richard Rogers, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Ellen van Loon, Kulapat Yantrasast and Andrea Zittel with more to be announced soon.

Frieze Sculpture

Opening on 4 July, Frieze Sculpture will return to The Regent’s Park for three months this summer, featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world-leading galleries. Selected and placed by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Frieze Sculpture will create an exceptional cultural attraction at the heart of the city, for Londoners and international visitors alike.

Frieze Sculpture will bring together 25 artists from five continents, including: Larry Achiampong, John Baldessari, Rana Begum, Yoan Capote, James Capper, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Rachel Feinstein, Barry Flanagan, Laura Ford, Dan Graham, Haroon GunnSalie, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Michele Mathison, Virginia Overton, Simon Periton, Kathleen Ryan, Sean Scully, Conrad Shawcross, Monika Sosnowska, Kiki Smith, Hugo Wilson and Richard Woods.

For the first time, Mtec, logistics partner for Frieze Sculpture, will cover the cost of installation for two emerging galleries, enabling them to participate in the display; and Frieze will also launch a new audio tour app in collaboration with mobile platform ARTimbarc. Also new for 2018, a Frieze Sculpture Family Trail will be produced and activated with family days in the park on 7 July, 28 July, 4 August and 25 August, led by the Royal Society of Sculptors. Frieze Sculpture opens in the English Gardens from 4 July to 7 October and is free to the public.

Frieze Week in London

Coinciding with the contemporary fair Frieze London, 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.

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.


2018 sees the return of Frieze favourites Locanda Locatelli, Umu and Gails’s Artisan Bakery.


In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze Masters partners with BMW, Official Champagne Ruinart, the Financial Times, Lavazza, Lodha, The Contemporary Art Society, The Royal Parks, and Art Fund. The Maybourne Hotel Group is the main hotel partner for Frieze Masters 2018.

Further Information

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