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  • February 13, 2019

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Mike Kelley, Unisex Love Nest,1999. Installation with 1-channel video (color, sound) Art © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved / Licensed by VG Bild-Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photographer: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

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. 

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.

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.

On view will be 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 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;
  • Huguette Caland, Mary Corse and Ken Price all presented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Young galleries from L.A. representing the vanguard of contemporary art making in the city, such as:

Judy Chicago, Flesh Fan, 1971. Sprayed acrylic lacquer on acrylic, 60 x 120 inches.
Courtesy the artist and Jeffrey Deitch.
  • Park View/Paul Soto’s presentation of Mark A. Rodriguez, whose installation explores the mythical history of The Grateful Dead;
  • Night Gallery’s pairing of painting by Claire Tabouret with furniture by Josh Callaghan; and
  • Commonwealth and Council’s tribute to The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling with a collaborative exhibtion entitled “G.L.O.W (Greeting Land Outflowing Wormholes)” by Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza

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 the 1970s traditions of minimalism and conceptual art; presented by 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;
  • Gallery Hyundai’s presentation of François Morellet alongside iconic Korean artists including, Chung Sang-Hwa, Lee Ufan, Shin Sung Hy, Minjung Kim and Yeesookyung 

L.A. WALK OF ART: The Frieze Walk of Art on Saturday February 16 involves twelve self- guided routes across Los Angeles, exploring neighborhoods of galleries and museums as well as places to eat and shop. Join the L.A. Walk of Art — by car, by foot and by metro – to take part in special events on the different routes. Organized by For Your Art, routes and event listings can be found in Frieze Week magazine and frieze.com. Follow #FriezeLA #LAWalkofArt @foryourart @friezeartfair on Instagram for more info.

Shara Hughes, It's All Organic, 2019. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 122 x 101.5 cm / 48 x 40 in. ©SharaHughes
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber...

Special Walk of Art events on Saturday February 16 include:

  • Santa Monica: ART + BRUNCH, 20+ galleries open their doors for brunch and exhibitions, Bergamot Station Arts Center (bergamotstation.com) (10am-12pm)
  • Hollywood: Lisa Anne Auerbach walkthrough at GAVLAK Los Angeles (gavlakgallery.com)
  • Downtown: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach in conversation with artists Luchita Hurtado, Korakrit Arunanondchai and Lauren Halsey (10am-12pm) at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
  • Exposition Park: “On Film, Art, and Music with Gary Simmons”, at the California African American Museum (7-9pm)

Major Frieze Week exhibitions across Los Angeles include:

  • “Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018” at the Hammer Museum;
  • “Outliers and the American Vanguard” at LACMA;
  • “Deana Lawson: Planes” at the Underground Museum;
  • “Maryam Jafri: I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale” and “Lucas Blalock: An Enormous Oar” at ICA LA;
  • Zoe Leonard and Laura Owens at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA; and
  • “Robert Pruitt: Devotion” at California African American Museum

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 will be represented on site offering insights into activism and civic engagement.

For event schedules and further details on galleries and the curated program, as well as visitor information, please visit frieze.com.


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