Frieze Masters 2019: Announcing Galleries, Sections and Curators for Eighth Edition

Jun 21, 2019 7:44PM

Almine Rech, Frieze Masters 2018

Frieze announces the galleries and curators participating in Frieze Masters 2019, opening 3 to 6 October in The Regent’s Park, London. This year new expertise in 20th-century and Asian art is brought to the fair with the addition of Laura Hoptman (The Drawing Center, New York) and Amin Jaffer as curatorial advisors. Set within a structure designed by Annabelle Selldorf, the eighth edition will bring together six millennia of art history, from exquisite antiquities, to Old Master paintings and luminaries of the 20th century, creating an exceptional environment to discover and acquire. Frieze Masters coincides with Frieze London and Frieze Sculpture in The Regent’s Park, together forming the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supports Frieze Masters for the eighth consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

Opening up new perspectives across art history, the 2019 programme is shaped by curators from world-class institutions, working in collaboration with Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and Nathan Clements-Gillespie (Artistic Director, Frieze Masters). For the first time, Laura Hoptman (The Drawing Center, New York) will curate Spotlight at Frieze Masters, comprising solo presentations by revolutionary figures of the 20th century; writer and art historian Amin Jaffer also joins the curatorial roster on the Collections section, alongside Sir Norman Rosenthal (independent curator); and Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts, London) returns to oversee the celebrated Frieze Masters Talks programme featuring today’s leading contemporary artists in conversation with museum curators and directors.

Victoria Siddall said: ‘This year’s editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters embody the exceptional international spirit of London, a city that is a meeting point for art, ideas and people from all over the world. We will welcome the most significant galleries from around the globe, across both fairs, some of whom are joining us for the first time. They represent art and artists from around the globe, from the Asian influence on Collections at Frieze Masters, to new galleries joining Frieze London from Brazil, Lebanon, Estonia and Taiwan, as well as leading programmes from the USA and Europe. The two fairs and Frieze Sculpture, along with exhibitions opening during Frieze Week including Kara Walker in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern and Elizabeth Peyton at the National Portrait Gallery, make Frieze in London a vital and truly global cultural moment in the city.

Leading Galleries from Around the World

Frieze Masters continues to expand the world of art at the fair, with new and returning galleries who are forerunners in their field.

Leaders in 20th-century art include long-time participants Acquavella Galleries, Hauser & Wirth, Dickinson, Eykyn Maclean, Gagosian, Marlborough, Castelli, Massimo De Carlo, Skarstedt and David Zwirner; as well as exciting additions for 2019 such as Galerie Perrotin, Mai 36 Galerie, Lisson Gallery and Mignoni.

Early Modern and Old Master dealers regular to the fair include Bacarelli Botticelli, Colnaghi, Sam Fogg, Johnny Van Haeften, and Stair Sainty Gallery who are joined by Agnews and Trinity Fine Art both taking part for the first time.

Experts in ancient art will include Sycomore Ancient Art, Ariadne Galleries and Galerie Chenel alongside specialists in Chinese art Gisèle Croës - Arts d’Extrême Orient and Indian art Francesca Galloway, following their celebrated debuts last year.

New for 2019: Laura Hoptman to Curate Spotlight

Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center in New York joins Frieze Masters to oversee the fair’s Spotlight section, featuring solo presentations by ground-breaking artists of the 20th century. Spanning painting, photography, sculpture, drawing and conceptual installations, highlights for 2019 include:

• Pioneering New York figures such as Ming Smith, the first African American female photographer to have her work acquired by the Museum of Modern Art; Gordon Parks, presented in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation, focusing on portraiture and Parks’ depiction of Black American experience from 1940-70; and Howardena Pindell, founding member of the feminist space A.I.R. with key works from the 1970s.

• Radical collectives such as General Idea, a collaboration between AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal from 1969-94 that stood in opposition to the idea of the artist as the individual genius; and Slovenian artist group OHO, who during the 1960s and ‘70s proposed a new world where there would be no hierarchical difference between people and things.

• Plus diverse and pioneering figures from around the world, such as German artist KP Brehmer, who found new ways to visualise global capitalism through political Pop Art; Maruja Mallo, a central figure in the Spanish group Generation of ’27 (alongside Salvador Dalí, Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel) with works touching upon Surrealism, mathematics, politics and gender; and Bruno Munari, with an exhibition focusing on the artist’s experiments with light since the 1940s.

New for 2019: Amin Jaffer to Co-Curate Collections

Amin Jaffer, curator and writer on art and culture in South Asia, joins Frieze Masters to co-curate the Collections section with Sir Norman Rosenthal (independent curator). This year’s Collections section will bridge eastern and western artistic cultures and histories through themed presentations of remarkable art and objects. Highlights include:

• A presentation of classical and modern Japanese art within the context of Buddhism and Zen philosophy, from 12th-century Buddhist figures to avant-garde Post War avant-garde painting (Gregg Baker Asian Art).

• S H Raza’s black-and-white monochromatic works, based upon Indian traditional forms, executed by the Indian artist in Paris from 1977-1996; placed in dialogue with antiquities (Grosvenor Gallery).

• An exhibition showcasing the breadth of North European art during the 19th century, from the symbolist landscapes of Scandinavian painter L. A. Ring, to the revival of architectural painting as seen in the work of Dutch artist Willem Witsen, to portraits by artists such as P.S. Krøyer, Denmark’s leading impressionist (Van der Meij Fine Arts).

• A solo show of original furniture and objects by Eileen Gray, one of the most important designers of the 20th century and pioneer of the Modern Movement (Gilles Peyroulet & Cie, Paris).

Further Presentation Highlights

Solo Presentations By Pioneering Artists

Frieze Masters will be an exceptional opportunity to view and acquire works by artists featuring in museum exhibitions and collections around the world. Including many solo presentations which celebrate groundbreaking women artists, highlights across the main section include:

• Pioneering video artist Nam June Paik’s (1936-2002) solo presentation with Gallery Hyundai (Seoul), ahead of his major Tate Modern Retrospective, opening in October 2019.

• Susan Hiller (1940-2019): Lisson Gallery (London) will celebrate the late artist’s innovative, multi-faceted career of almost half a century, with a solo booth exploring themes of domesticity, family and gender roles, and featuring some of the artist’s earliest known works, many on show for the first time.

• Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread’s solo presentation with Luhring Augustine (New York), focused on important early works, both drawings and sculptures.

• A solo exhibition of oils on canvas by the Swiss artist Verena Loewensberg (1912-1986), co-founder of the Concrete Art Movement in Zurich (The Mayor Gallery, London).

Frieze Masters Talks Curated by Tim Marlow

Taking place daily in the Frieze Masters Auditorium, Frieze Masters Talks is once again curated by Tim Marlow (Royal Academy of Arts, London) and will feature today’s most significant contemporary artists in conversation with museum directors and curators. The 2019 programme will feature Elizabeth Peyton in conversation with Nick Cullinan (National Portrait Gallery). Further details will be announced soon.

Art Fund Curators Programme

Now in its fourth year, The Art Fund Curators Programme at Frieze Masters will explore the genre of portraiture and the opportunities it creates as a lens for exploring identity, representation, agency, celebrity, and relationships between sitters, artists and patrons. This year’s programme is presented in collaboration with Art Fund, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.

Frieze Sculpture

Opening 3 July to 6 October, Frieze Sculpture in London is selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and presented in collaboration with leading galleries from around the world. Creating a major public art display at the heart of London, Frieze Sculpture will bring together more than 20 international artists to present new and modern artworks in monumental scale, all placed around the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park. Building on Frieze’s commitment to emerging artists, logistics partner Mtec will again support the installation of two works presented by young London galleries.

Selected by Lilley from an open call for gallery applications, the participating artists for Frieze Sculpture 2019 are: Iván Argote, Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Huma Bhabha, Peter Buggenhout, Jodie Carey, Ma Desheng, Tracey Emin, Lars Fisk, Barry Flanagan, Charlie Godet Thomas, Leiko Ikemura, Robert Indiana, Vik Muniz, Zak Ové, Jaume Plensa, Bettina Pousttchi, Tom Sachs, Lucy Skaer, LR Vandy, Joanna Rajkowska, TaiJung Um, Bill Woodrow and Emily Young.

Frieze Week in London

Frieze Masters and Frieze London catalyze a festival of culture across the city, with the London’s world-class museums hosting special events and major exhibitions. Highlights of Frieze Week 2019 include:

• Anna Maria Maiolino at Whitechapel Gallery

• Kara Walker: Hyundai Turbine Commission at Tate Modern

• Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

• Danh Vō at South London Gallery

• Tony Cokes at Goldsmith Centre for Contemporary Art

• Elizabeth Peyton at the National Portrait Gallery

• Rembrandt’s Light at Dulwich Picture Gallery

•Gauguin Portraits at The National Gallery


Frieze Masters welcomes back Frieze favourites Locanda Locatelli, Umu and Xu in addition to GAIL’s Artisan Bakery.