The Inaugural Edition of Frieze Los Angeles

Paramount Pictures Studios
Hollywood, CA, USA
14 –17 February 2019


“So many great artists and writers have lived and worked in Los Angeles, a city with an incredibly rich landscape of museums, galleries and art schools which play a pivotal role in the international art world. Frieze LA will add an exciting new dimension to this thriving cultural scene,” stated Victoria Siddall. “Frieze is in a unique position to create a successful fair in LA because of our experience in London and New York and our partnership with Endeavor, who have deep roots in LA and will work with us to bring a fantastic audience to the fair. As with all our fairs, Frieze LA will be at the heart of a dynamic week during which international collectors, curators and artists will come together to engage with and appreciate the city and everything that makes it great.”


More than 70 invited galleries will take part in the first Frieze Los Angeles – including a special selection of emerging spaces from the city – presenting a global cross-section of today’s most significant and exciting artists and creating an exceptional opportunity for collecting and discovery

The curated program will celebrate the unique creative spirit of Los Angeles. Artist projects, talks, films, restaurants and experiments in patronage and activism, will transform the movie set backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios into a symbolic cityscape where art is at the center of civic life

The new annual contemporary art fair will feature more than 70 L.A.-based and international galleries, alongside a site-specific program of talks, music and commissioned artist projects organized in collaboration with leading curators. Hosted 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. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank will support the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.

Taking place in a bespoke structure designed by Kulapat Yantrasast, Frieze Los Angeles is led by Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and Bettina Korek (Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles). Joining them is curator of Frieze Talks and Frieze Music, Hamza Walker (Executive Director, LAXART), and curator Ali Subotnick, formerly of the Hammer Museum, who will commission Frieze Projects and Frieze Film. The curated programs and gallery presentations will feature figures at the vanguard of contemporary art and cultural conversation, with a strong L.A. presence, including artists Doug Aitken, Judy Chicago, Beatriz Cortez, Karon Davis, Tracey Emin, Gajin Fujita, Theaster Gates, Mona Hatoum, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Tala Madani, Paul McCarthy, Sondra Perry, Allen Ruppersberg, Tino Sehgal, Lee Ufan, and Lawrence Weiner; museum leaders and patrons Kristy Edmunds, Michael Govan, Maja Hoffman, Susan Nimoy and Hans Ulrich Obrist among many others; and non-profit organizations such as Women’s Center for Creative Work and Artists 4 Democracy who will be represented on site offering insights into activism and civic engagement.


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 L.A.

We are working closely with our host venue Paramount Pictures Studios to present the imaginative curatorial programming that Frieze is known for in this unique and exciting environment. 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.”



More than 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. Bringing together a spectrum of galleries, from artist-run spaces launched within the last two years to the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, Frieze Los Angeles will create an exceptional environment for discovery and patronage under one tent.

Leading galleries from across the US and around the world will also take part in the fair, including many who have participated in Frieze Art Fair since its inception in 2003. The participation of these exhibitors offers Los Angeles a key opportunity to engage with a global art audience, brought together in a unique, shared setting in Hollywood.

Galleries will present their most exciting and influential artists, with exceptionally ambitious presentations. Highlights include:

Iconic and influential Californian artists such as:

  • Mike Kelley’s sensational installation Unisex Love Nest (1999) will be shown for the first time in LA, exactly 20 years since its inception, in the city where it was conceived;
  • Allen Ruppersberg (among other artists) with Marc Selwyn Fine Art, coinciding with the artist’s major Frieze Week exhibition at the Hammer Museum;
  • Seminal American painter Wayne Thiebaud’s solo presentation of with Acquavella Galleries;
  • A solo of new works by LA-based artist Doug Aitken with 303 Gallery, which collectively, present a vision of Los Angeles, where the artist has lived and worked for many years;
  • Kathryn Andrews with David Kordansky, presenting a new body of work inspired by the Black Dahlia murder in 1940s’ Los Angeles;
  • LA Louver’s solo by the celebrated Los Angeles graffiti artist, Gaijin Fujita;
  • Kim Dingle with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, presenting new paintings and sculptures exploring the subversive edges of female childhood and myths of nationhood
  • Shio Kusaka’s presentation of ceramics alongside a mural by Dave Muller with Blum & Poe; and
  • Huguette Caland, Mary Corse and Ken Price all presented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Today’s most exciting artists from across the US, Central and South America, including:

  • New York-based Lawrence Weiner responding to works by California’s John Baldessari, showing with Marian Goodman Gallery;
  • Pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago (in a dual presentation with Carol Rama) presented by Jeffrey Deitch;
  • A solo by the Russian-born, New York-based artist Sanya Kantarovsky with Stuart Shave/Modern Art; and
  • São Paulo-based artist Paulo Nimer Pjota‘s solo presentation with Mendes Wood DM

Major influential artists from across the world, including:

  • Danish artist Jeppe Hein, known for his interactive sculptures and installations, that combine elements of humour with traditions of minimalism and conceptual art; presenting a solo with König Galerie;
  • Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan showing (among others) with Sfeir-Semler, following her celebrated exhibition at SFMoMA;
  • Leading contemporary figures Tracey Emin, Theaster Gates, Mona Hatoum and Al Held presented by White Cube;
  • kurimanzutto and Esther Schipper’s shared booth presenting three international artists, Anri Sala, Roman Ondak and Gabriel Kuri; and
  • Gallery Hyundai’s presentation of François Morellet alongside iconic Korean artists including, Chung Sang-Hwa, Lee Ufan, Shin Sung Hy, Minjung Kim and Yeesookyung

Building on a 15-year tradition of museum acquisition funds at Frieze Art Fairs, The LIFEWTR Fund will support the acquisition at the fair of a significant work for the Hammer Museum’s permanent collection. The acquisition will be announced at Frieze Los Angeles on the first preview day, Thursday February 14.

Frieze Los Angeles is set in the historic Hollywood Paramount Pictures Studios. Paramount Pictures Studios and Frieze have worked closely together, alongside curators and artists, to produce an art fair experience like no other in the midst of a working film and television studio lot.

The backlot is where artist projects, publications, creative enterprises and experiments in patronage will culminate in an immersive environment, for visitors to explore a bustling congregation of creative experiences.

Independent curator Ali Subotnick will oversee Frieze Projects, a sitespecific 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 been captured countless 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.

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 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.

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.


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 Sons Chocolatiers, both second-generation creative enterprises, will present modern takes on the legacies they honor in their shared space on the backlot.

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.

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.