4 – 7 October 2018
Frieze London 2018 will showcase the best of international contemporary art, with a discerning selection of around 160 galleries presenting their most forward-thinking artists and imaginative presentations. Opening for the first time with a two-day Preview, Frieze London coincides with Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters in The Regent’s Park, together forming the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supports Frieze London for the 15th consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.
New collaborations with international curators, institutions and galleries will respond to contemporary issues – from the lack of visibility of women in the marketplace to hidden systems of communication and control – and create an exceptional environment for creativity and discovery.
New Themed Section
Following the success of Sex Work: Radical Art & Feminist Politics at Frieze London 2017, which focussed on artists from the 1960s and ‘70s, the fair this year will feature Social Work, celebrating artists who challenged the male-dominated art market of the 1980s. A panel of 11 women art historians and critics from UK institutions, including Iwona Blazwick, Katrina Brown, Louisa Buck, Amira Gad, Jennifer Higgie, Melanie Keen, Polly Staple, Sally Tallant, Fatos Üstek and Lydia Yee, will select a group of artists who challenged the status quo, embracing an activist approach in their art making and confronting social and cultural norms. The section will include both well-known and overlooked female artists, who address questions of identity, labour and visibility in their work.
Diana Campbell Betancourt joins the fair to oversee Frieze Projects — programming beyond the gallery booths, including Frieze Live installations and performances, and new Frieze Artist Award and Frieze Film commissions. Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, Campbell Betancourt also managed the Bellas Artes Projects programme in the Philippines, overseeing critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Bruce Conner’s first major solo exhibition in Asia.
In addition, Andrew Bonacina (Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield) and Laura McLean-Ferris (Curator, Swiss Institute, New York) will advise ambitious shows by emerging galleries from across the world in Focus. And Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios) and Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London) will co-programme Frieze Talks.
Supporting UK Institutions
Continuing Frieze’s enduring relationship with collecting institutions across the UK, Frieze London again partners with two acquisition funds for national and regional public collections. The Frieze Tate Fund, supported by Endeavor, returns for its 16th year; alongside the third edition of the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze, this year supporting The Box (Plymouth). Allied Editions also returns to the fair, launching exclusive artist editions at the fair to raise funds for non-profit galleries across London and guest regional partner, The Hepworth Wakefield.
The World’s Most Significant Galleries
Frieze London welcomes the return of world-class galleries including international galleries who have partipated since the fair’s inception, such as Galerie Gisela Capitain, Gagosian, Greene Naftali, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson Gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salon 94, Sprüth Magers, White Cube and David Zwirner, among others; alongside also returning Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Marian Goodman Gallery, kurimanzutto, Matthew Marks Gallery, kamel mennour, Pace Gallery, Esther Schipper, Galeria Luisa Strina and The Box; and major newcomers including, among others, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Lelong & Co. and Galleri Nicolai Wallner.
Focus, the fair’s celebrated section supporting the participation of young galleries, welcomes back 47 Canal, blank, Carlos/Ishikawa, Instituto de Visión and Various Small Fires (VSF), among others; alongside exciting newcomers from Mumbai to Paris to Hong Kong including Michael Benevento, Bodega, Ginerva Gambino, High Art, Jhaveri Contemporary and Edouard Malingue Gallery.
Generations of London galleries include Project Native Informant joining Focus and Seventeen entering the main section, alongside young returning London spaces Arcadia Missa and The Sunday Painter and established participants Sadie Coles HQ, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Victoria Miro, Maureen Paley and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, among many others. Plus three galleries representing Glasgow’s art scene: Koppe Astner, The Modern Institute and Mary Mary.
Solo and Themed Presentations by International Artists
Galleries throughout the fair will showcase their most exciting artists, including debut exhibitions and exceptionally ambitious new projects. Highlights in the main section include:
• A solo by Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouvé with kamel mennour (Paris);
• A solo by Liu Wei, presented by White Cube (London)
• A solo by Rana Begum with Kate MacGarry (London) – coinciding with the artist’s Frieze Sculpture presentation;
• Stevenson’s (Cape Town) two-artist presentation featuring Viviane Sassen, following her solo exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield and Moshekwa Langa, featured in the 13th Dakar Biennale (2018);
• Marian Goodman’s debut presentations of John Baldessari and Kemang Wa Lehulere, coinciding with the latter’s Frieze Week exhibition at the gallery’s London space;
• Celebrating the gallery’s tenth anniversary, Pilar Corrias (London) will present an all-women stand of leading artists including
Sophie von Hellermann, Cui Jie, Helen Johnson, Koo Jeong A, Tala Madani,
Sabine Moritz, Christina Quarles, Mary Ramsden and Tschabalala Self.
Frieze Projects encompasses the activity beyond the booth at the fair and in 2018 includes Live, the Frieze Artist Award and Frieze Film. Overseen this year, for the first time, by Diana Campbell Betancourt, the programming evolves to open up further collaborations with galleries and institutions, creating new space for experimental practice.
Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, the 2018 Frieze Film programme will question systems that control and influence the dissemination of information. New commissions by the Otolith Group, Paul Pfeiffer and Lucy Raven will premiere at the fair and be broadcast on national television. Frieze Film forms part of Frieze Projects and is supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts.
Frieze Artist Award
The Frieze Artist Award returns, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt. A major opportunity for an emerging artist to present a new artwork at the fair, the Frieze Artist Award follows in a rich tradition of artist award commissions at Frieze since 2006, providing early support to artists including Jordan Wolfson, Simon Fujiwara, Rachel Rose and Kiluanji Kia Henda.
For the first time, the Artist Award will focus on performance-based work and the winning artist will benefit from a residency at Delfina Foundation, London. The new partnership with Delfina Foundation provides the artist in residence with an additional opportunity to develop their practice through a greater access to learning, resources and networks.
The Frieze Artist Award winner was judged by a panel of curators including Diana Campbell Betancourt, Aaron Cezar (Delfina Foundation), Christodoulos Panayiotou (artist) and Kathryn Weir (Pompidou, Paris); chaired by Lewis Gilbert and Tania Doropoulos (both Frieze).
The nominators of the shortlist of artists included: Pablo Leon de la Barra, Mélanie Bouteloup, Sebastian Cichocki, Cosmin Costinas, Martijntje Hallmann, Susan Hapgood, Venus Lau Sau Yee, Chus Martínez, Yvette Mutumba, and Philippe Pirotte.
The 2018 Frieze Artist Award winner is Alex Baczynski-Jenkins.
Fair visitors will encounter the Live programme throughout the fair, a platform for interactive installations and performances, presented in collaboration with galleries.
Live is curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, who said: ‘“Control ~” (which when spoken aloud is pronounced “control tilde”) is a command on your computer keyboard that will unlock all of the formulas in an Excel spreadsheet and make them visible to you – thus revealing the drivers behind the numbers displayed in front of you. In today’s world, there are many hidden drivers shaping our perceptions, designed to influence our values and beliefs.
For example, a seemingly transparent and neutral idea such as ‘democracy’ is impacted via social media in many ways including secret algorithms that control what individuals see, targeted advertising and data harvesting. These hidden drivers exist outside of social media platforms with much wider implications for society as a whole. Live will present works of art that draw attention to unexpected connections and hidden formulas which influence and impact the way we perceive and experience the world.’
Frieze Talks will be co-programmed for the first time by Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) and Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios). Taking place daily in the fair’s auditorium, Frieze Talks will explore the role played by autobiography in art and society, at a time when personal experience is increasingly being made public and also under renewed scrutiny.
Richard Saltoun, Sex Work section, Frieze London 2017
Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze