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Frieze Masters Announces Highlights for 2018 Edition including Talks, Solos, Themed Presentations and Extraordinary Artworks


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 expertly vetted artwork, from Old Masters and antiquities, to tribal, Surrealist and 20th-century art. Eminent curators from world-class 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.

Expert dealers and leading galleries will present an extraordinary breadth of artwork to buy, speaking to all levels of collector. From drawings and prints to photography, painting and sculpture, featured artists include Pieter Claesz (1597-1660), Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Philip Guston (1913-80), Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Richard Diebenkorn (1922-93), Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – c.1656), Barbara Hepworth (1903-75), Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), Derek Jarman (1942-94), Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Man Ray (1880-1976) and Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652); presented alongside museumgrade arworks and objects such as ancient Chinese masterpieces, rare archaic sculptures from the Arctic Circle, Japanese netsuke, illuminated manuscripts, and historic narrative tapestries from 15th-century Germany and 18th-century India.

The 2018 programme is shaped by international curators, who bring unique perspectives on art history and create an exceptional environment for quality and discovery. Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts, London) returns to oversee the Frieze Masters Talks programme, this year exclusively featuring women international artists, including Tacita Dean, Julie Mehretu and Amy Sillman in conversation with women museum directors and curators.

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.

The 2018 Vetting Committee includes more than 30 leading experts from around the world such as Yang Liu (Curator of Chinese Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art), Xavier Bray (Director, Wallace Collection), Frederick Ilchman (Chair, Art of Europe at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ) and Patrice Marandel (Chief Curator Emeritus, Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

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 gallery kamel mennour; 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, 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 Fairs) 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 highlyedited 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);
  • Early and significant prints by the recently deceased British painter Howard Hodgkin (Alan Cristea Gallery);
  • 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 in New York;
  • A survey of works from 1970 by seminal Indian-born artist Zarina (Luhring Augustine);
  • A solo by Avigdor Arikha, Romanian-born, Paris-based painter (Blain|Southern) with portraits of renowned artists and writers including close friends Beckett and Bresson; and
  • Dickinson’s recreation of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture garden in St Ives, marking the 25th anniversary of the gallery and Tate St Ives and exploring the relationship between Hepworth’s sculpture and the Cornish landscape. Bringing together plants and sculpture, Dickinson’s presentation will be centered on Hepworth’s monumental bronze River Form.

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;
  • Richard Green’s powerful presentation contrasts Old and Modern masters across four centuries, for example, winter scenes from the 17th to 20th centuries, showing Aert van der Neer’s Kolf players of the Little Ice Age together with Peter Doig’s ski season in Chamonix. Plus works by Pieter Claesz, Ben Nicholson, Cornelis de Heem, Samuel John Peploe, Ivon Hitchens and Patrick Heron;
  • Leading contemporary artist Adam Pendleton will curate Pace Gallery’s stand, bringing together abstract paintings by figures including Josef Albers, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Sol LeWitt and Lee Ufan;
  • Daniel Crouch Rare Books will dedicate their presentation to Baroque town plans: ‘The Big, the Beautiful, and the Baroque!’ includes massive 18th-century wall maps of Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Rome, St Petersburg and Venice;
  • Galerie Meyer Oceanic Art will present archaic sculpture from the Arctic Circle, coinciding with the ‘Oceania’ exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London; and
  • Waddington Custot’s (London exhibition of transatlantic Pop, bringing together paintings by British artist Patrick Caulfield and American artists Allan D’Arcangelo and John Wesley.

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

  • Colnaghi’s show of important paintings by Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Flemish artists including Aesop by Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) the great Spanish artist and early follower of Caravaggio whose first dedicated exhibition in the UK will open at Dulwich Picture Gallery on 26 September 2018;
  • Galerie G. Sarti’s presentation of Cleopatra (c.1640), a masterpiece by the Artemisia Gentileschi – one of the most celebrated painters of the 17th century and the first woman to be admitted to the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence;
  • Johnny Van Haeften gallery’s presentation of more than 30 Dutch and Flemish Old Masters;
  • Specialising in medieval art, Sam Fogg’s showcase of treasures such as the 15th-century Eichstatt Tapestry – thought to be woven by women artists, showing scenes from Christ’s life and in excellent condition;
  • Gisèle Croës, Arts d’Extrême Orient 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),
  • Francesca Galloway also joins the fair this year, specialising in textiles and works of art from Asia and the Indian subcontinent, such as Holy family preparing Bhang and Intoxicated Ascetics, both from the 18th century;
  • Japanese sagemono and netsuke – accessories worn from 1600 to 1870 – presented by Max Rutherston Ltd., together with Japanese prints from Israel Goldman;
  • Prahlad Bubbar will present seminal Indian works alongside works by Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp; 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 galleries presenting 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 mid-century; 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 takes 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:

  • Art from the Portuguese world in the Age of Exploration (AR-PAB, Alvaro Roquette & Pedro Aguiar-Branco);
  • Mastering Terracotta: the Florence of della Robbia (Brun Fine Art);
  • 19th-century master drawings, paintings and sculptures (Eric Gillis Fine Art);
  • The Machine and the Cloud: print from Gutenberg to Google (Peter Harrington);
  • Sèvres porcelain in the Japonist style, from 1880 - 1920 (Oscar Humphries);
  • Wiener Werkstätte: masterpieces from Stoclet, Wittgenstein, Flöge and others (Yves Macaux); and
  • Mitate: Japanese studio ceramics and the tea ceremony (Mitochu Koeki)

Art Fund Curators Programme

The Art Fund Curators Programme will return to the fair, bringing together museum professionals from the UK and around the world 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, Musei del Bargello). The 2018 participants include:

  • Esther Bell (Clark Art Institute);
  • Davide Gasparotto ( J. Paul Getty Museum);
  • Guillaume Kientz (Musée du Louvre);
  • Rebecca Long (The Art Institute of Chicago);
  • Dr. Lawrence W. Nichols (Toledo Museum of Art); and
  • Stephan Wolohojian (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Frieze Masters Talks

Taking place 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. The 2018 programme includes:


12pm: Tacita Dean (artist) & Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts)

3pm : Julie Mehretu (artist) & Thelma Golden (The Studio Museum in Harlem)


12pm: Doris Salcedo (artist) & Rachel Thomas (Irish Museum of Modern Art) & Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts)

3pm: ‘Gods & Monsters’ Panel with Chair: Jennifer Higgie (frieze); Ann Demeester (Frans Hals Museum); Anne Pasternak (Brooklyn Museum); and Deborah Swallow (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


12pm: Lisa Reihana (artist) in conversation

3pm: Amy Sillman (artist) & Lynne Cooke (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC)

Frieze Masters Talks are free to attend and places can be booked from 11am at the auditorium.

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 19th-century 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 is available to buy now on frieze.com

Frieze Art & Architecture Conference

Taking place on Tuesday 2 October 2018 at the Royal Institution (London), the third edition of the Frieze Academy’s 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, Ellen van Loon, Richard Rogers, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Kulapat Yantrasast and Andrea Zittel. The Singapore Tourist Board partners with the 2018 Frieze Art & Architecture Conference.

New for 2018: The Frieze Debate: Museums in the 21st Century

How do encyclopaedic museums make millenia of history relevant to today’s audiences? How is the digital age shaping the way we look and experience art? On Tuesday 2 October at 6pm, Frieze will present a panel of global museum directors who will debate these questions with BBC’s Anne McElvoy for a recorded broadcast of Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s flagship art and culture programme. Panellists include Hartwig Fischer (British Museum), Michael Govan (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Sabine Haag (Kunsthistorisches Museum). The discussion will be broadcast on Thursday 4 October. The event is free, but seats must be reserved in advance.

Frieze Sculpture

Open from 4 July to 7 October, Frieze Sculpture returns 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 brings 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 Gunn-Salie, 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, have covered the cost of installation for two emerging galleries, enabling them to participate in the display; and Frieze has also launched a new audio tour guide 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. Pick up a free copy at the fair. Deutsche Bank collaboration with Tracey Emin In celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage, Tracey Emin and her studio have curated an exhibition of works by female artists in the Deutsche Bank

Collection to go on display in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounges at Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Emin has also initiated a sale of postcardsized original artworks by living female artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection, to raise money for charities that support vulnerable women.

Each original work is available to buy for £200 but one can only discover the artists identity after purchasing the work. This sale will be available online to the public between the public days of the fair 5-7 October and the preview and preregisteration is live now at: www.deutschewealth.com/anotherworld.


2018 sees the return of Frieze favourites Locanda Locatelli, Umu and Gails’s Artisan Bakery alongside exciting newcomer Xu Teahouse and Restaurant.


In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze Masters partners with BMW, Official Champagne Ruinart, the Financial Times, Richard Mille, 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.

Children & the Arts is the Charity Partner for Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2018. All proceeds from the cloakrooms at both fairs will be given to the national educational charity.