Frieze London 2016 Highlights
The 14th edition of Frieze London will take place a week earlier this year, opening
6–9 October with a Preview Day on Wednesday 5 October.
This year’s fair brings together more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries, showcasing
today’s most significant artists across its main and curated sections, alongside the fair’s celebrated non-
Frieze London coincides with Frieze Masters and the Frieze Sculpture Park, convening art of the highest quality from a spectrum of periods and countries and offering collectors, scholars and art enthusiasts an unparalleled cultural experience.
Frieze London is supported by main sponsor Deutsche Bank for the 13th consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.
In addition to main sponsor Deutsche Bank, Frieze London partners with BMW, Art Fund, the Financial Times and new Official Champagne Ruinart.
Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award are supported by the LUMA Foundation for the second consecutive year.
Universal Design Studio will again devise the Frieze London 2016 structure, enhancing the quality of visitors’ experience.
Building on Frieze’s enduring relationship with collecting institutions, this year, the fair partners with two acquisition funds for national museums, including the the Frieze Tate Fund, now supported by WME | IMG; and the launch of the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze, supporting a regional museum in the UK.
Victoria Siddall, Director, Frieze Fairs said, ‘Frieze has become known for its strong curated sections and this year I am particularly excited to see Nicolas Trembley’s selection of artists who changed the conversation in the 1990s. This adds to the great range and diversity of work shown throughout the fair by the world’s leading galleries. I am also thrilled that we will have two official museum acquisition funds at the fair this year, including the Frieze Tate Fund -
In the fair’s non-
Institutions at the Fair: Tate, Contemporary Art Society & Allied Editions
This year sees the realization of two acquisition funds for national museums, including
the return of the Frieze Tate Fund, this year supported by WME | IMG.
• Established in 2003 as the first acquisition fund connected to an art fair, the 2016 Frieze Tate Fund will provide £150,000 for Tate to acquire works of art at Frieze London this October. To date, Tate has acquired 100 works at Frieze London, with 12 major pieces currently on view at Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
The Tate acquisition will be announced on Thursday 6 October
• In addition, Frieze welcomes the Contemporary Art Society as a new partner, making possible the acquisition of a major new work for a selected regional museum. The Collections Fund at Frieze currently stands at £50,000, including a match-
The acquisition will be announced on Wednesday 5 October, at 3pm in the Reading Room at Frieze London
• Allied Editions will also return to the fair with an increased presence and guest regional partner Nottingham Contemporary. Over five years of collaboration with Frieze London, Allied Editions has raised over £500,000 in unrestricted funds to benefit its partner organisations
A New Section: The Nineties
Selected by Geneva-
within the main section, as well as era-
Solo presentations include:
• Wolfgang Tillmans’s very first exhibition at Daniel Buchholz’s gallery in 1993, then located in his father’s Cologne bookshop;
• Anthony Reynold’s 1996 gallery debut of Richard Billingham’s iconic series of photographs ‘Ray’s a Laugh’, which brought the artist to notoriety (and was later included in the ‘Sensation’ exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1997);
• Esther Schipper (Berlin) will recreate Dominique Gonzalez-
• Neu Gallery (Berlin) will bring together important works by Daniel Pflumm, a central figure of 1990s Berlin, collapsing boundaries between art, electronic music production and nightlife
Iconic shows to be revisited include:
• Aperto ’93 -
• Christian Nagel’s 1992 group exhibition ‘Wohnzimmer / Büro’ (Living room / office), including the original wallpaper designed by Jörg Schlick (Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin).
The World’s Leading Contemporary Galleries
Frieze London 2016 draws together 119 galleries to present ambitious solo and themed exhibitions across its main section, with new additions for 2016 including Miguel Abreu, Matthew Marks Gallery and Metro Pictures (all New York).
Highlight presentations will include
• An immersive light installation by James Turrell with Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Los Angeles), who will take part in Frieze London for the first time;
• Philippe Parreno’s new sculptural work (Pilar Corrias Gallery, London), conceived in conjunction with the artist’s commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; and
• ‘L’atelier d’artistes’: Hauser & Wirth’s exploration of the uncanny in reconstructing artist studios, revealing the tendency towards creative license.
Monographic and group presentations by major female artists can also be seen across the main section, including:
• Goshka Macuga (Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich);
• Latifa Echakch (kamel mennour, Paris);
• Francis Upritchard (Kate MacGarry, London);
• Penny Siopis (Stevenson, Cape Town);
• Channa Horwitz with Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles) which moves into the main section from Focus;
• The Third Line (Dubai) will bring together works by iconic and emerging artists Sophia Al Maria, Rana Begum, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Huda Lutfi; and
• P.P.O.W (New York) will present four generations of feminism with Carolee Schneemann, Betty Tompkins, Portia Munson, Aurel Schmidt and Erin Riley, featuring Munson’s seminal work Pink Project (1993)
Live: performance and participation
Advised by museum curators Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago) and Fabian Schöneich (Portikus, Frankfurt), the pioneering section for performance and participatory art returns, with new and historical projects presented in a dedicated space within the fair:
• The international premiere of Para um corpo..., from the series ‘Hábito/ Habitante’ by Martha Araújo (Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo & PM8, Vigo), bringing to light the significance of performance art in Latin America under military dictatorship; and
• In the first installation of its kind at the fair, the groundbreaking Berlin based artist Christine Sun Kim, who has been deaf since birth, will explore the materiality of sound through performance, opening up new fields of perception to hearing and non-
Focus: emerging talents
Also advised by Jacob Proctor and Fabian Schöneich, Focus is the definitive destination to discover emerging talents from Berlin to Shanghai, featuring 37 galleries under 12 years of age. A wave of new-
• Chewday’s showing Gabriele Beverage alongside idols from the Neolithic
period (10,000 – 2,000 BC);
• Arcadia Missa showing London-
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings;
• Seventeen, with an immersive virtual reality project by Jon Rafman; and
• Southard Reid showing an all-
Taiwan and Guatemala will be represented at Frieze London for the first time:
• Newcomers Chi-
• and Proyectos Ultravioleta will show new painting and collage by Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter
The section will also build on strong representations from the emerging scenes in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Shanghai and Berlin, offering a platform for ambitious work by Liu Chuang (Magician Space, Beijing), Aaron GarberMaikovska (High Art, Paris) and Liz Magic Laser (Various Small Fires, New York).
Frieze Sculpture Park
The Sculpture Park will be open from 5 October 2016 – 8 January 2017, with free entry to all. Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), 20 works by 20th-
For the first time, Art Fund is the programming partner for the Sculpture Park, presenting workshops for the duration of the three-
Featuring works presented by galleries participating in Frieze London and Frieze Masters, contemporary highlights include:
• Optic Cloak by Conrad Shawcross, a six-
• New monumental bronzes including Neptune/Rescue (2016) by Matthew Monahan, recently on view at the National Roman Museum in Palazzo Altempts (Massimo De Carlo, Milan); Treat (2016), an amorphous sculpture by Nairy Baghramian, winner of the 2016 Zurich Art Prize; and International Institute of Intellectual Co-
Curated by Christy Lange (Frieze) with Gregor Muir (Executive Director, ICA, London and incoming Director of Collection, International Art, Tate), Frieze Talks will bring together today’s most influential artists, writers, curators and thinkers.
• For the first time, Frieze Talks presents a special daily series focusing on a
single, urgent theme – ‘Borderlands’ – with contributions from Fatima Al Qadiri, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Hannah Black, Josh Kline, Jill Magid and Ben Rivers, among many others.;
• In addition, lively and intimate conversations with leading cultural figures will include a keynote lecture by the legendary Jamaican dub musician and producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; and a special discussion inspired by the 25th anniversary of frieze magazine, with Julia Peyton-
Frieze Art Fair Stand Prize & Focus Stand Prize
This year, two prizes of £5,000 each will recognize outstanding gallery presentations at the fair.
• Awarded to a gallery in the main or Nineties section, the Frieze Art Fair Stand Prize will be judged by Martin Clark (Director, Bergen Kunsthall), Dr Omar Khalif (Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) and Helen Molesworth (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). The winner will be announced on
Wednesday 5th October.
• Awarded to a gallery in the Focus section for galleries aged 12 years or under, the Focus Stand Prize will be judged by Gary Carrion-
Supported by the LUMA Foundation and curated for the first time by Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich), the non-
Samson Kambalu, Rachel Maclean, Shana Moulton and Ming Wong will present new artist films, premiered at Frieze London and broadcast on national television. Curated by Raphael Gygax and forming part of the fair’s non-
Frieze Music, The Vinyl Factory and Hayward Gallery will present a unique evening on 6 October, in conjunction with ‘The Infinite Mix’. Taking place at The Store, 180 The Strand and produced in collaboration with Jeremy Deller, this special event will feature a live performance by Cecilia Bengolea with DJs The Heatwave and special guests. Drinks courtesy of The Store Kitchen.
Curated by Cecilia Alemani (High Line Art, New York) and presented with BMW, Frieze Sounds will present the UK premieres of new sound commissions by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, GCC and Liz Magic Laser.
The Reading Room
Returning for a second year, the Reading Room offers visitors the opportunity to meet writers, editors and artists in book signings and presentations, hosted each hour by the world’s leading arts publications. Highlights include:
• Financial Times: In conversation with artist Cai Guo-
• Artnews: In conversation with the artist Richard Billingham – also featured
in the Nineties section (Thursday 6th)
Guided Tours with Frieze Bespoke
Frieze Bespoke – a personalised tour for those interested in collecting art – returns for a third year. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the fair guided by an independent art world professional, with their specific interests, budgets and art backgrounds in mind.
Frieze Week magazine
Following its launch in 2015, Frieze Week magazine returns offering a companion guide to the wealth of art and activity taking place at the fair and across the city during Frieze London and Masters, including complete fair gallery listings for browsing.
Restaurants and Hotels
2016 sees the return of favourites including Brunswick House, Caravan, GAIL’s
Artisan Bakery and Petersham Nurseries. Exciting new additions include ArFrieze tusi, 34 Mayfair in the VIP Room; and Yalumba. Rosewood London is the main hotel partner for Frieze London 2016.
Frieze is the world’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art for
scholars, connoisseurs, collectors and the general public alike.
Frieze comprises four magazines—frieze, frieze d/e, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week— and three international art fairs—Frieze London, Frieze Masters and Frieze New York. Additionally, Frieze organizes a programme of special courses and lectures in London through Frieze Academy.
Frieze was founded in 1991 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, with the launch of frieze magazine, the leading international magazine of contemporary art and culture. In 2003, Sharp and Slotover launched Frieze London art fair, which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, they launched Frieze New York, which occurs each May in Randall’s Island Park, and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern. Frieze fairs are sponsored by Deutsche Bank.