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Frieze Masters 2017 Highlights: Museum-Quality Presentations, Extraordinary Objects and Artist Talks

London, UK

Taking place in Regent’s Park 4–8 October 2017, the sixth edition to feature six thousand years of art history from the world’s leading galleries, curated sections for discovery and Frieze Masters Talks featuring Marina Abramović and Lynda Benglis among others

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. Featuring daily talks with international artists and curators, Frieze Masters opens up new perspectives across art history in a contemporary environment designed by Annabelle Selldorf. Taking place in Regent’s Park from 5–8 October with an invitation-only Preview Day on Wednesday 4 October, 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.

With contributions by eminent curators and world-class institutions on curated sections, programmes and vetting, Frieze Masters is 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 independent curator Sir Norman Rosenthal. The celebrated Frieze Masters Talks programme also returns to the fair, curated this year by Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts, London) and featuring artists Lynda Benglis and Marina Abramović alongside curators Eike Schmidt (Uffizi Gallery, Florence) and Luke Syson (The Met, New York), among others. 

Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs said: ‘It is the extraordinary range and quality of work that defines Frieze Masters and we are thrilled to welcome back the world’s leading galleries, from Old Masters to antiquities, tribal and 20thcentury 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, and Kunstkammer Georg Laue; leading 20th-century galleries Acquavella, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Lévy Gorvy, Richard Nagy 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.

 

New Galleries

New additions to the main section include Luhring Augustine; Olivier Malingue; Gió Marconi, who are collaborating with returning gallery Luxembourg & Dayan on a shared presentation; and Galerie Eva Presenhuber. In Collections, we welcome, among others, Andean textiles specialists Paul Hughes Fine Arts and Israel Goldman Japanese Prints.

Museum-Quality PresentationsLeading galleries will build upon the fair’s reputation for quality and ambition, presenting solo and group shows of major 20th-century figures, including:

  • Early works by pioneering sculptor Anthony Caro with Annely Juda Fine Art, London;
  • Nine artists from the ‘Black Art’ movement, who are also featuring in the major ‘Soul of a Nation’ exhibition at Tate Modern (London), including: Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Beauford Delaney, Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas, Bob Thompson, and William T. Williams (Michael Rosenfeld, New York);
  • Influential landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx with Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel & Bergamin & Gomide (both São Paulo);
  • A two-artist show of Alexander Calder and Joan Miró with Galerie Thomas (Munich);
  • Pioneer of feminist art, Lynda Benglis, showing with Cheim & Read (New York) and Thomas Dane Gallery (London);
  • American Pop artist Tom Wesselmann with Almine Rech Gallery (London)
  • Solo presentations by icons of Modern British art including Malcolm Morley (Sperone Westwater, New York), Jeremy Moon (Luhring Augustine, New York) and nine post-war sculptures by Modernist icon Barbara Hepworth (Richard Green, London)

From Ancient Egyptian artefacts to Old Master painting to 20th-century photography, the fair offers exceptional artworks at a range of price points. Diverse highlights include:

  • Ariadne Galleries (New York) showing an extremely rare ancient Egyptian bronze striding Apis bull, with electrum eyes and inscribed hieroglyphs;
  • Rupert Wace (London) with an exceptional range of ancient artefacts, from five Anatolian terracotta bulls (3rd millennium BC) to an Egyptian mummified falcon (7th century BC);
  • Les Enluminures (Paris) showing a millennium of Byzantine finger rings (3rd – 13th centuries);

Once again, galleries will design ambitious and immersive interiors, such as:

  • ‘At Work with Peter Blake’: Waddington Custot’s (London) collaboration with designer Robin Brown and producer Anna Pank. The installation will appear as if torn from Blake’s studio, retaining the industrial spirit of the building in West London and blending key artworks by the seminal Pop artist with unexpected finds from his personal career of collecting;
  • Enrico Baj, ‘The Artist’s Home’ – an immersive domestic installation, including personal possessions, inspired by the house and studio of this central figure of the Italian artistic and political avant-garde (Luxembourg & Dayan, London & Gió Marconi, Milan); and
  • Kallos’s (London) dramatically lit stand built in the idiom of Classical architecture and geometry — including an arched colonnade and intimate niches – much like the English country houses designed to showcase Grand Tour collections.  Kallos will present 3,000 years of art formerly held in renowned collections; including a Roman marble theatre mask (circa 3rd century AD), previously owned by the politician and socialite Sir Philip Sassoon (1888-1939)

Curated gallery presentations, creatively themed to reveal new perspectives on key moments in cultural history, include:

  • Dickinson (London) with a curated survey of ‘Expressionism in Europe’: from the Symbolist and Secession artists, such as Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, who inspired the movement; to seminal Expressionists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Franz Marc, August Macke, Paul Klee, Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky, Olga Oppenheimer and Max Beckmann, among others; and
  • Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris) with a politically themed presentation inspired by George Orwell’s seminal novel, 1984 and featuring Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Ilya Kabakov, Robert Rauschenberg, Emilio Vedova and Andy Warhol amongst others.

Once again, galleries will cross continents and genres to collaborate on ambitious presentations, including:

  • Hauser & Wirth (London) who will again collaborate with Moretti Fine Art (London) on a presentation curated by architect and interior designer Luis Laplace, bringing together ancient and classical works with exceptional examples from Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Viennese Actionism and Gutai; and
  • Salon 94’s and Antiquarium Fine Ancient Arts’ (both New York) shared stand, presenting Ancient Egyptian artefacts together with 20thcentury artists; including Keith Haring with work influenced by Egyptian hieroglyphics; alongside Betty Woodman and Laurie Simmons.

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, under-recognized 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, São Paulo) and in Greek-Italian Laura Grisi’s nightscape ‘Neon Paintings’ (P420, Bologna); 
  • Assemblage and its echoes – in the bold abstract painting on found wood by American artist and dealer Betty Parsons (Alexander Gray & Associates, New York) and in the mysterious assemblages of Polish-born Erna Rosenstein (Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw); and
  • Experiments with photography – in the works of Italian theorist and artist Vincenzo Agnetti (Zero, Milan) and in the politically charged composite images of Chilean Alfredo Jaar (Galerie Lelong, New York); 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, London) 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, Naples).
  • 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, Shanghai), as well as 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, Philadelphia)

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 (London) bringing ancient Andean textiles ranging from 200BC to 1500AD;
  • Israel Goldman Japanese Prints (London) showcasing Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889), child prodigy and significant and subversive Japanese painter of the 19th century; and
  • Benjamin Spademan Rare Books’ (London) fantastic collection of books, catalogues and ephemera all owned, annotated and illustrated by visual artists; from Constable, Rossetti, Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec in the 19th century to Braque, Lipchitz, Zadkine, Picasso and Matisse in the 20th century

Frieze Masters Talks

Curated by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London), Frieze Masters Talks provides a platform for leading artists, museum curators, writers and critics to discuss the history of art and its continuing significance in contemporary practice.

This year’s programme features a series of conversations between artists and curators, as well as panel discussions exploring the aesthetics of display – juxtaposing contemporary and historical art. Taking place each day, this year’s talks include:

  • Thursday October 5, 12pm: Isaac Julien (artist) in conversation with Nicholas Cullinan (National Portrait Gallery, London)
  • Thursday October 5, 3pm: Lynda Benglis (artist) with Eike Schmidt (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)
  • Friday, October 6, 12pm: Marina Abramović (artist) in conversation with Tim Marlow (Royal Academy, London)
  • Friday, October 6, 3pm: A panel on ‘The Aesthetics of Display’, chaired by Jennifer Higgie (frieze) with Michael Craig-Martin (artist, also featuring in Frieze Sculpture), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Castelli di Rivoli, Turin) and Luke Syson (The Met, New York)
  • Saturday, October 7, 12pm: Peter Blake (artist) with Colin Wiggins (National Gallery, London)
  • Sunday, October 8, 12pm: Spotlight Panel: ‘Art & Politics’ with Alfredo Jaar (artist), Yasufumi Nakamori (Minneapolis Institute of Art) and Mark Sealey (Autograph ABP)

Talks are hosted in the auditorium and are free for visitors to attend. Seats can be reserved from 11am on the day of each talk at the auditorium. Podcasts of all talks can be downloaded from frieze.com after the fair.

 

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. Participating curators from institutions across Europe and North America include Lloyd DeWitt (Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Virginia), Taco Dibbits (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Peter Kerber (Dulwich Picture Gallery), Betsy Wieseman (Cleveland Museum of Art) and Anne Woollett (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), among many others.

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 re-hangs 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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