Press Release

Frieze Masters 2017 Announces Galleries, Curators and Sections

Event Date: 
5 October 2017
London, UK

Taking place in The Regents’ Park 5–8 October 2017, the sixth edition to feature highlights of six thousand years of art history from the world’s leading galleries, curated sections dedicated to revolutionary yet overlooked 20th-century artists and extraordinary objects, alongside a talks series

The sixth edition of Frieze Masters brings to London more than 130 dealers of international renown showing expertly vetted artworks spanning ancient and tribal art, Old Master paintings, medieval sculpture, 20th-century masters and rediscovered avant-garde artists. Frieze Masters opens up new perspectives across art history in a contemporary environment designed by Annabelle Selldorf. The fair takes place in The Regents’ Park from 5-8 October with an invitation-only Preview Day on Wednesday 4 October.

With contributions by eminent curators and world-class institutions on curated sections, programmes and vetting, the fair cis dedicated to discovery and quality. The 2017 programme includes the returning Spotlight section for rare solo presentations of 20th-century pioneers curated by Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston) as well as the Collections section, featuring specialist galleries with extraordinary art and objects, selected by Sir Norman Rosenthal (independent curator). The celebrated Frieze Masters Talks programme also returns to the fair, curated this year by Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts, London). Frieze Masters once again coincides with Frieze London and Frieze Sculpture, together catalyzing the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar.

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

Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs said: Victoria Siddall said: ‘It is the extraordinary range and quality of work that defines Frieze Masters and I am thrilled to welcome back the world’s leading galleries, from Old Masters to antiquities, tribal and 20th-century art. The fair has always been a place full of unexpected juxtapositions and new encounters and this year is no exception. The contributions of curators Toby Kamps, Tim Marlow and Sir Norman Rosenthal bring unique perspectives and insights into art history and how it continues to influence artists working today.’

World-Leading Historical and Modern Galleries

The 2017 edition sees the return of some of the world’s most significant galleries, including, among many others: Old Master and Early Modern specialists Jean-Luc Baroni, Bacarelli Botticelli, Johnny van Haeften, Colnaghi, Sam Fogg, Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Richard Nagy, ); leading 20th century galleries Acquavella, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Lévy Gorvy, and David Zwirner; renowned antiquities dealers Ariadne Galleries and David Ghezelbash Archéologie; specialists in rare books and illuminated manuscripts Dr Jörn Gunther Rare Books and Les Enluminures; tribal dealers Entwistle Gallery and specialists in Indian and Islamic art Prahlad Bubbar; and photography galleries Bruce Silverstein and Galerie Daniel Blau.

Solo Shows and Immersive Installations

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

  • Pioneering sculptor Anthony Caro with Annely Juda Fine Art
  • Influential landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx with Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel
  • Enrico Baj, a central figure of the Italian avant-garde with Luxembourg & Dayan
  • Pioneer of feminist art, Lynda Benglis, showing with Cheim & Read and Thomas Dane;
  • British artist Jeremy Moon, showing paintings, drawings and sculptures with Luhring Augustine 
  • and the recently deceased Pop Art icon Tom Wesselmann, presenting with Almine Rech

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

  • Waddington Custot will collaborate with designer Robin Brown and producer Anna Pank to create a striking and creative tribute to Peter Blake
  • Michael Rosenfeld will bring together nine artists from the ‘black art’ movement, who are also featuring in the major ‘Soul of a Nation’ exhibition at Tate Modern (London)
  • A two-artist show of Alexander Calder and Jean Miró with Galerie Thomas
  • Thaddaeus Ropac with a politically themed presentation inspired by George Orwell’s seminal novel, 1984 and featuring Georg Baselitz, JeanMichel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Ilya Kabakov, Robert Rauschenberg, Emilio Vedova and Andy Warhol amongst others
  • Massimo De Carlo’s exhibition captures the social and political awakening of the year 1968, with works by artists including Carla Accardi, Jessica Diamond, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Olivier Mosset, Luciano Fabro, Gastone Novelli, Gianfranco Baruchello and architecture firm Superstudio

Extraordinary Artworks and Objects

From Old Masters to ancient Egyptian objects, the fair will showcase a diversity of extraordinary artworks and objects. Highlights include:

  • Salomon Lilian with newly discovered masterpieces by Dutch Old Masters Jacob Jordaens and Simon Luttichuys
  • Dr Günther Rare Books with a fascinating new discovery from the latter 15th century: a compilation of medical, astronomical and pharmacological texts created by the Dutch Magister Henricus Spijker, including notes written and signed by Spijker
  • Le Claire Kunst’s focus on Impressionist and Modern artists, including a painting by Pierre Bonnard, a gouache by Kees van Dongen and an early drawing by Pablo Picasso; all from 1900-1910
  • Ariadne Galleries, with an extremely rare ancient Egyptian bronze striding Apis bull, with electrum eyes and inscribed hieroglyphs

Spotlight

Curated by Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston), the celebrated Spotlight section returns with 21 solo presentations by 20th-century artists from Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Toby Kamps said, ‘Spotlight continues to reveal extraordinary, underrecognized figures and, in the process, to question traditional canons and shed new light on recent art history. Featuring a strong group of women artists, this year’s selection will explore myriad themes and approaches. These include, among others:

  • Pop Art’s international manifestations and resonances—in Brazilian artist and army officer Décio Noviello’s emblems of urban alienation (Galeria Berenice Arvani) and in Greek-Italian Laura Grisi’s nightscape ‘Neon Paintings’ (P420);
  • Assemblage and its echoes--in the bold abstract painting on found wood by American artist and dealer Betty Parsons (Alexander Gray & Associates) and in the mysterious assemblages of Polish-born Erna Rosenstein (Foksal Gallery Foundation)
  • Experiments with photography – in the works of Italian theorist and artist Vincenzo Agnetti (Zero) and in the politically charged composite images of Chilean Alfredo Jaar (Galerie Lelong);
  • as well as women artists interrogating identity via the camera, for example Californian Eleanor Antin’s staged photographs featuring a host of her alter-egos (Richard Saltoun) and the collage works of Tomaso Binga, also known as Bianca Menna, symbolizing her quest for liberation from the constraints of gender and male domination (Galleria Tiziana Di Caro). 
  • The section will also highlight the work of an influential cultural connector, Maryn Varbanov a Beijing-based, Bulgarian textiles artist whose influence on Chinese contemporary art can still be seen today (Bank);
  • and also the brilliant self-taught James Castle , a deaf-mute artist from Idaho whose drawings on found paper manifest an extraordinary vision of the world (Fleisher/Ollman).’ 

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 spanning thousands of years. Highlights include

  • Paul Hughes Fine Art bringing ancient Andean textiles ranging from 200BC to 1500AC
  • Israel Goldman Japanese Prints showcasing Kawanabe Kyosai (1831- 1889), child prodigy and significant and subversive Japanese painter of the 19th century
  • Benjamin Spademan Rare Books showing ‘Livres d’Artistes’, monographs, exhibition catalogues, pamphlets and ephemera by visual artists – from the 19th century, with works by Constable Rossetti and Manet – to the 20th Century, with artists such as Braque, Lipchitz, Zadkine, Picasso and Matisse
  • Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, showcasing the Bauhaus workshop under the influence of the young Marcel Breuer, including his legendary tubular steel furniture as a Bauhaus Master in Dessau.

Art Fund Curators Programme

Following its successful launch at Frieze Masters 2016, the Art Fund Curators Programme will return to the fair with a focus on European and specifically Dutch Old Master painting. In collaboration with the National Gallery Subject Specialist Network: European paintings pre-1900, Frieze Masters and Art Fund will bring together curators from UK museums with their international counterparts to share professional and specialist networks, knowledge and experience. The one-day programme on Thursday 5 October will begin with Stephen Deuchar, Director of Art Fund, in conversation with Taco Dibbits, General Director of the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), exploring ways in which curators working with historic – and specifically Dutch – painting collections can engage contemporary audiences through imaginative exhibitions, creative rehangs and digital technology. The session will continue with workshops, before an afternoon tour of Frieze Masters led by experts from the fair’s vetting committee.

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