Following Celebrated Inaugural Edition, Frieze Los Angeles 2020 Features First-Time and Returning Galleries, New Curators and Institutional Collaborations

Dec 13, 2019 10:13PM

The 2020 Edition will Introduce a Feature Section Devoted to Emerging Los Angeles Galleries, Alongside Frieze Projects on the Iconic Backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios

Frieze Los Angeles 2019. Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Frieze announces the participating galleries, curators and programs for the second installment of Frieze Los Angeles. Opening February 14 – 16, 2020 at Paramount Pictures Studios, the fair will bring together more than 70 of the most eminent galleries from Los Angeles, the United States and around the world, as well as a program of on-site artist commissions and events extending throughout the city. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank continues to support Frieze Los Angeles for the second consecutive year.

Venue partner Paramount Pictures Studios once again provides Frieze Los Angeles’ iconic setting, featuring the world-famous backlot set that emulates the streets and architecture of cities such as New York and Chicago.

Following the success of the 2019 inaugural edition, Frieze Los Angeles 2020 welcomes returning galleries, as well as first-time participants such as David Lewis, Gaga, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Gladstone Gallery, Goodman Gallery, Skarstedt and Xavier Hufkens.

New for 2020 is the introduction of Focus LA, a feature section providing a platform for emerging Los Angeles spaces that have been open 15 years or fewer, underlining Frieze’s commitment to the city’s vibrant cultural landscape. Curated by Rita Gonzalez (Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art, LACMA) the section will feature 13 galleries, including Frieze Los Angeles newcomers, Charlie James Gallery, Overduin & Co. and Various Small Fires.

Bettina Korek (Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles) states: ‘The debut of Frieze Los Angeles catalyzed global interest in Los Angeles’ dynamic art scene and established the fair as having a distinct commitment to locality. We are honored to collaborate with Rita, Pilar and Venus this year on curated sections that will illustrate how Los Angeles is a vital meeting place for artists representing myriad cultures and practices. I look forward to seeing how the curators will interweave international artists into this year’s program, expanding conversations around what is unique about L.A. as a context and constellation of creative communities.’

Victoria Siddall (Global Director, Frieze) adds: ‘Following the successful launch of Frieze L.A. in February 2019, we are delighted to be returning to Paramount Pictures Studios for our second edition. We will welcome major new galleries to the fair, from Brussels to Cape Town, Mexico City to New York, as well as a host of exceptional curators creating groundbreaking programming, The fair will be at the heart of Frieze Week, an exciting program of exhibitions and events that spans the whole city and celebrates L.A.’s extraordinary cultural scene.’

Frieze Projects, the program of performance, sculpture, and installations staged within the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot set, will return, this year co-curated by Rita Gonzalez and Pilar Tompkins-Rivas (Director, Vincent Price Art Museum).

Venus Lau (Artistic Director, K11 Art Foundation) will curate the Frieze Film program, which will feature artists whose films are being shown in the Paramount Theatre. Another highlight of the program will be the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award, realized in partnership with the award-winning, non-profit film academy Ghetto Film School (GFS) providing a platform to support the grassroots film community in Los Angeles.

Coinciding with Frieze Los Angeles, an expanded Frieze Week program of exhibitions and events across the city will begin on Monday, February 10 and run throughout the fair dates. Frieze Week will encompass a broad spectrum of programming at galleries, museums, civic organizations, and other artist-driven spaces, celebrating and showcasing the many communities which make up L.A.’s dynamic art landscape.