Frieze Los Angeles: Announcing Galleries and Curators for the Inaugural Edition

Jan 24, 2019 3:52PM

The Modern Institute, Frieze London 2018. Photo by Linda Nylind. Courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze

Frieze today announces the 70 participating galleries in the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles. The new annual contemporary art fair will feature a site-specific program of talks, music and commissioned artist projects organized in collaboration with leading curators. Opening at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood from February 14 through February 17, 2019, Frieze Los Angeles will join Frieze New York, Frieze London and Frieze Masters at the forefront of the international art fair calendar, celebrating Los Angeles’ position as a global arts center and destination.

Taking place in a bespoke structure designed by Kulapat Yantrasast, Frieze Los Angeles is led by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) working with Bettina Korek (Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles). Joining them is the newly announced curator of Frieze Talks and Music, Hamza Walker (Executive Director, LAXART), and Ali Subotnick, who will commission Frieze Projects and Frieze Film. Also announced today Frieze Los Angeles will be supported by Deutsche Bank, global lead partner for Frieze London, Frieze Masters and Frieze New York.

Victoria Siddall said, “The extremely positive reaction to Frieze Los Angeles from galleries is testament to the importance of this city which is so rich in great artists, museums, galleries, and art schools. I am thrilled with the response we have had and the strength of the exhibitor list, which includes exceptional contemporary art galleries from around the world as well as leading established and emerging spaces from LA. The strong support of the museums and collectors of Los Angeles, as well as the entire Endeavor network, and our partner Deutsche Bank, promise to make the fair a great success in its first edition. All of this, along with the strong curatorial programming around the fair that Frieze is known for, will ensure that Frieze Los Angeles adds an exciting new dimension to the city’s thriving cultural scene.”

Bettina Korek said, “Frieze Los Angeles is poised to provide a pivotal annual moment for Los Angeles not only drawing an influx of new visitors but also stimulating civic engagement with the incredible array of artists, educators, galleries, museums and institutions that define Los Angeles’ cultural landscape. Los Angeles is already on the map, but it is long overdue to have its spot on the international art world calendar.”

Around 70 exhibitors have been selected and invited by a committee of peers to represent a cutting-edge selection of the galleries and artists from Los Angeles, across the United States and around the world.


The fair will feature Los Angeles’ defining galleries, from the city’s most established spaces to its youngest. A subsidized platform will feature the best young galleries from across the city.


Leading galleries from across the US and around the world will also take part, including many who have participated in Frieze Art Fair since its inception. The participation of these exhibitors offers a key opportunity for those who live, work in, and visit to experience Los Angeles in conversation with a global art audience, joining together in a unique, shared setting.


Hamza Walker, Executive Director of the non-profit arts space LAXART, joins as curator of Frieze Talks and Frieze Music, alongside Ali Subotnick who will present a Frieze Projects, site-specific program of artists commissions and a film program to be announced in the Fall.

Taking place daily in the Sherry Lansing Theater of Paramount Pictures Studios, and throughout Los Angeles, Walker’s program of conversations and music will highlight Los Angeles as a place of interdisciplinary experimentation that extends into the mediums of sound, poetry and performance. Walker, along with Aram Moshayedi, co-curated the “Made in L.A.” biennial at the Hammer Museum in 2016.


Similar to Frieze fairs in London and New York, Frieze Los Angeles provides a cultural experience that will extend beyond the fair at Paramount Pictures Studios, built on partnerships and programs to encourage local engagement. From neighborhood gallery walks to collaborations with local organizations, Frieze Week offers an invitation for international collectors, curators, and artists to experience Los Angeles’ widespread, multifaceted and ever-evolving art community.


Frieze announces that global lead partner Deutsche Bank will support the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence. Deutsche Bank has supported Frieze London for 15 years and Frieze New York and Frieze Masters since their launch in 2012.


Frieze Los Angeles has collaborated with Los Angeles-based photographer Trevor Hernandez on a photo series to launch the fair. Celebrated as @gangculture on Instagram, Hernandez’s commission for Frieze reframes Paramount Pictures Studios from the artist’s distinctive, surrealist perspective, exposing uncanny compositions on the working backlot and within the urban Los Angeles landscape. Hernandez’s work for Frieze Los Angeles will be featured on, across social media and on visual advertising world-wide.


Further program information and gallery highlights will be announced in the coming months.