Frieze Los Angeles 2019: Programming

Jan 31, 2019 9:44PM

Lisa Anne Auerbach, Psychic Center of Los Angeles [from American Megazine 2, 2014. 24 pages: 152.4 x 96.5 cm each]. Courtesy: the artist and Gavlak, Los Angeles and Palm Beach.

Frieze Projects

Independent curator Ali Subotnick will oversee Frieze Projects, a site- specific program of artists commissions, by local and international artists including Lisa Anne Auerbach, Sarah Cain, Catharine Czudej, Karon Davis, Cayetano Ferrer, Hannah Greely, Trulee Hall, Patrick Jackson, Barbara Kruger, Paul McCarthy, Kori Newkirk, and Tino Sehgal plus newly announced Eugenia P. Butler and Corazón del Sol, Max Hooper Schneider, Shahryar Nashat and Nicolas Party.

Launched with the first Frieze fair in 2003 and renowned for its bold, innovative interventions at the Frieze London and Frieze New York editions, Frieze Projects is an independently curated platform for artists to show ambitious, experimental work beyond gallery booths and outside the fair tent. Frieze Projects Los Angeles will create an immersive art experience for visitors, radically expanding the traditional art fair format and celebrating the practices of an array of local and international artist Activating the cinematic setting, works for Frieze Projects Los Angeles will be located around the New York Street movie set of Paramount Pictures Studios, in buildings, streets, and interior spaces that have times in films, photographs, and television shows. Experienced together, Frieze Projects will create a disorienting atmosphere where visitors are placed in the unique dichotomy of an artificial New York City within Los Angeles.

Frieze Talks

A core element of Frieze programming across all fairs, Frieze Talks in Los Angeles will provide a backstage view into the practices and inspirations of significant Los Angeles artists and creative talent, celebrating the city’s expansive arts landscape as an extension of the fair.

Hamza Walker, Executive Director of the non-profit arts space LAXART, joins as curator of Frieze Talks. Frieze Talks will be hosted at LAXART in early February, with a music-inspired series entitled organized in collaboration with music critic and scholar Josh Kun. The Frieze Talks program will continue as part of backlot programming at Frieze Los Angeles, with a series of conversations between various artists about the topic of making taking place at the Sherry Lansing Theatre.

Frieze Talks in Collaboration with LAXART (February 1, 7 & 11)

Frieze Talks will launch in L.A. ahead of the fair, with a special program at LAXART. In the spirit of the game show Name That Tune that delighted millions of home viewers in the 1950s, Frieze Talks will challenge the ears and knowledge of select L.A. based artists whose work has an undeniable relationship to noise, sound, and/or popular music. Professor and music critic Josh Kun and curator Hamza Walker will test four artists over four evenings with a series of sonic fragments meant to thrill, confound, provoke, and entertain. Participants include, among others:

• Frances Stark (7pm, February 1, 2019);

• Lauren Halsey (7pm February 7, 2019); and

• Jim Shaw (7pm, February 11, 2019)

Frieze Talks in the Sherry Lansing Theater (February 15 – 17)

As orchestrated pairings, these talks are meant to indulge eavesdropping. The artists, writers and scholars on this bill have been asked to let their hair down in informal conversation with a peer not just to talk about their work but about what excites them, angers them, gives them hope or instills reflection. Get a backstage view into to the practices of some of visual artists as they discuss their practices deeply and openly. Participants include, among others:

• Cauleen Smith in conversation with Sondra Perry (5pm, Saturday February 16, 2019);

• Mary Weatherford in conversation with Suzanne Hudson (3.30pm, Sunday February 17, 2019); and

• Liz Larner in conversation with Ariana Reines (5pm, Sunday February 17, 2019)

Conversations On Patronage

Bringing together patrons, civic leaders, gallerists, and arts organizations, Frieze’s new series Conversations on Patronage explores the social and civic impact of art patronage and helps visitors consider art’s central role within the greater landscape of Los Angeles. Conversations on Patronage expands the long-running series Conversations on Collecting, from a focus on collection-building and acquisitions to other, generative ways of supporting artists and arts organizations.

Taking place in the Sherry Lansing Theater, highlights include:

• 5pm on Thursday February 14: Kristy Edmunds in conversation with Susan Nimoy, Sarah Arison and Olivia Marciano

• 12pm on Friday February 15: Michael Govan (LACMA), Naima Keith (CAAM) and Andrew Perchuk (GRI) with Charlotte Burns on ‘“Expanding the Canon”

• 5pm on Friday, February 15: Architect Frank Gehry in conversation with Maja Hoffman (LUMA Foundation) and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries)

Creative Enterprises & Experiments In Patronage

Some of California’s most vital non-profit and activist organizations will present special shop projects in the backlot, including:

• Women’s Center for Creative Work, a network of women based in Los Angeles who promote art and feminism;

• A-Z West, an artwork located on over seventy acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park;

• Artists 4 Democracy (founded in 2018) who presents the Democracy Shop in a brownstone dwelling, selling politically minded wares to benefit Artists 4 Democracy’s 2020 Vision campaign;

• Acid Free who will present a mini book fair, book store and salon; and

• Pretend Plants and Flowers and andSons Chocolatiers, both second-generation creative enterprises, will present modern takes on the legacies they honor in their shared space on the backlot.

Frieze Film

Taking place at the Paramount Theater, Frieze Film is curated by Ali Subotnick who has selected video works by international artists Tala Madani and Cécile B. Evans.

• Tala Madani will show recent animations The Crowd, Over Head Projection (the Crowd), Mr. Time, Spring, Cats and Cat Men, Plane Chaser, and Over Head Projection (Digger) (all 2018); screenings on Friday, February 15 and Sunday, February 17, 12 – 3 pm

• Cécile B. Evans will show What the Heart Wants, 2016; AGNES (the end is near) and Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen (both 2014); screening on Thursday, February 14 and Saturday, February 16, 11:30am – 3pm

Frieze Film was launched at Frieze Art Fair in London in 2006 and has has featured commissions by Kara Walker, David Shrigley, Linder and Charles Atlas among many others.

In addition, international galleries will present films by their artists in the Paramount Theater, including

• Gagosian with Tom Sachs (6:30–8 pm, Friday, February 15); followed by a conversation with Werner Herzog and Sachs moderated by frieze’s Jennifer Higgie; and

• kurimanzutto and Esther Schipper with Anri Sala (3.30–4:30 pm, Saturday, February 16)

Second Summer Of Love

Taking place in the Paramount Theater, Frieze will premiere the fourth film in the “Second Summer of Love” series produced in collaboration with Gucci. After Jeremy Deller, Wu Tsang and Josh Blaaberg, Jenn Nkiru joins the project to direct the fourth film of the series. The film, on Detroit and Berlin techno culture, will premiere at Frieze Los Angeles. Nkiru’s most recent collaboration was shooting 2nd unit for Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s APESHIT directed by Ricky Saiz. She is also in development for her first feature-length music and culture doc with BBC Arts due for release in 2019. The premiere of Nkiru’s new film for the Second Summer of Love series will take place at 8pm on Thursday February 14.

Deutsche Bank Artspace: Tom Pope

Fair visitors are invited to experience free membership of London based performance artist Tom Pope’s One Square Club, which is a unique premises measuring one square metre and offering premium facilities, including a bar, music and games. On entering the exclusive club, you will be participating in an experimental artwork hosted by Pope. The club, like a dormant stage, comes alive when the members and artist collaboratively engage. One Square Club will be found in the backlot of the fair and entry to the performance will be on a first-come, first- served basis. Up to 3 people can enter the club together at one time. For more information go to conversations/tom-pope-interview.html

Ruinart and Frieze further explore their long existing partnership with a new artistic initiative, Performance, which will be premiered at Frieze Los Angeles 2019. Working together Ruinart and Frieze have selected L.A.-based artist, Emily Mast, to create a performance piece inside the Ruinart lounge as part of the backlot program. Performance will annually invite an artist to realise an immersive experience in their space at Frieze Art Fair. Taking inspiration from the idea of a celebratory “champagne moment”, the chosen artist will create a new commission which will challenge the way we look at and interact with art. Enhancing the partnership between Frieze and Ruinart, whilst highlighting both brands commitment to working with artists and enabling them to create new work.