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Frieze Week returns, taking place from 5–7 October, with two Preview Days on Wednesday 3 October and Thursday 4 October. With more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries at Frieze London and 130 at Frieze Masters, the two fairs, alongside Frieze Sculpture - an exceptional cultural attraction at the heart of the city - together catalyze the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar. Read more about the Latest Art Fairs on Kooness Magazine. 


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. 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. 


Richard Saltoun, Sex Work section, Frieze London 2017  Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.



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 Wake eld) 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. 


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, GagosianGreene NaftaliHauser & WirthLisson GalleryGalerie Thaddaeus RopacSalon 94Sprüth MagersWhite Cube and David Zwirner, among others; alongside also returning Gavin Brown’s enterpriseMarian Goodman GallerykurimanzuttoMatthew Marks Gallerykamel mennourPace GalleryEsther SchipperGaleria Luisa Strina and The Box; and major newcomers including, among others, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Lelong & Co. and Galleri Nicolai Wallner


hunt kastner, Focus section, Frieze London 2017  Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.



The fair’s celebrated section supporting the participation of young galleries, welcomes back 47 Canalblank, Carlos/IshikawaInstituto de Visión and Various Small Fires (VSF), among others; alongside exciting newcomers from Mumbai to Paris to Hong Kong including Michael BeneventoBodega, Ginerva GambinoHigh ArtJhaveri 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 HQStephen Friedman GalleryVictoria MiroMaureen Paley and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, among many others. Plus three galleries representing Glasgow’s art scene: Koppe AstnerThe Modern Institute and Mary Mary



Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze) said:

Following major museum sales and record collector attendance last year, I am really looking forward to the 16th edition of Frieze London. A fair is made by its galleries and the list this year is stronger than ever – from galleries who have been with the fair since its launch in 2003, to today’s most exciting new programmes in London and across the world. I’m also thrilled to welcome great international curators across our sections and talks who will ensure an exceptional quality of programming at the fair and will explore its wider cultural signi cance for today’s audiences. The fair continues to be a key destination for collecting institutions and our collaborations with Tate and the Contemporary Art Society enable the entry of works by today’s most forward-thinking artists into national and regional public collections.

Jo Stella-Sawicka, (Artistic Director, Frieze) said: 

Frieze London programming evolves this year, shaped by new curators and urgent political realities. 100 years since women gained the vote in the UK, Frieze London will use its international platform to respond to the fact that women artists are still under-represented in the art world and especially the market. It’s been an honour to collaborate with 11 of the country’s leading minds on the subject, to shape this year’s themed section, Social Work. It’s also very exciting to welcome Diana Campbell Betancourt’s new vision for the Frieze Artist Award, Live and Film. Following her celebrated programming in Dhaka and Manila, she will open up new possibilities for experimental performance with galleries, and commission new work which is exciting, thought-provoking and important.



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 byLiu Wei, presented by White Cube (London) 

  • A solo byRana Begum with Kate MacGarry (London) – coinciding with 



  • 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. 



Bringing together 33 galleries representing young art scenes from Cape Town to Los Angeles, Focus features galleries aged 12 years or younger. Advised for the first time by Andrew Bonacina (Chief Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield) in collaboration with Laura McLean-Ferris (Curator at Swiss Institute, New York), highlights include, among many others: 

  • Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong) will present an immersive installation by celebrated emerging Hong Kong artist Wong Ping, whose animations and video works were a highlight of the New Museum Triennial in January; 

  • Arcadia Missa (London) will present an immersive exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by Penny Goring, known for her vibrant yet melancholic visual world; 

  • Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai) will show ink drawings, knitted jumpers, sculptures and video by Hardeep Pandhal, who uses humour to interrogate perceptions of British Asian identity; 

  • Galerie Emanuel Layr will present a two-artist show by Anna-Sophie Berger and Cécile B. Evans, exploring how we create meaning through the stuff we use, the things we wear and the places we live; 

  • 47 Canal will showcase Bronx-born photographer Elle Pérez, with works exploring sexuality, queerness and the cultural identity of minorities in contemporary America; and 

  • blank (Cape Town) will present the work of three artists from South Africa: Bronwyn KatzDonna Kukama, and Cinga Samson exploring the politics of place, history and memory. 



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. Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation, London) said: 

Delfina Foundation has had a long-standing commitment to nurturing performance, one of the most popular yet under-supported mediums. We are excited to join forces on the Frieze Artist Award to create a career-de ning opportunity for an artist to produce a new performance in one of the most visible platforms in the world.

The Frieze Artist Award winner was judged by a panel of curators including Diana Campbell BetancourtAaron 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 BouteloupSebastian CichockiCosmin CostinasMartijntje HallmannSusan HapgoodVenus Lau Sau YeeChus Martínez,Yvette Mutumba, and Philippe Pirotte. The 2018 Frieze Artist Award winner is Alex Baczynski-Jenkins.  


Richard Woods, Holiday Home (Regent’s Park), 2018, Alan Cristea Gallery, Frieze Sculpture 2018  Photo by Stephen White. Courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze.


Laura Ford, Dancing Clog Girls I-III, (2015), New Art Centre, Frieze Sculpture 2018.  Photo by Stephen White. Courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze.



Live Section

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. Campbell Betancourt, said:  

It is an honour to join the Frieze team. I know that Frieze London is a place that I never leave without discovering an emerging artist whom I want to work with. I appreciate how Frieze opens up experimental possibilities for artists and artworks that might not usually show in an established fair context to participate in their rich programming, speaking to how Frieze wants to be a part of developing contemporary art discourse and opportunities for artists, rather than simply serving as a marketplace. In this regard, I am especially excited about working on the Frieze Artist Award.

Frieze Talks

Frieze Talks will be co-programmed for the rst 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. 


Frieze Sculpture 

Frieze Sculpture will return to The Regent’s Park for three months this summer, featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world- leading galleries. Selected and placed by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Frieze Sculpture will create an exceptional cultural attraction at the heart of the city, for Londoners and international visitors alike. If you want to discover more about the Yorkshire Sculpture Park don't miss our articles Summer ArtGuide #3 UK: the living trees by Giuseppe Penone in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Frieze Sculpture will bring together 25 artists from ve continents, including: 

Larry Achiampong, John Baldessari, Rana Begum, Yoan Capote, James Capper, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Rachel Feinstein, Barry Flanagan, Laura Ford, Dan Graham, Haroon Gunn- Salie, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Michele Mathison, Virginia Overton, Simon Periton, Kathleen Ryan, Sean Scully, Conrad Shawcross, Monika Sosnowska, Kiki Smith, Hugo Wilson and Richard Woods

For the first time, Mtec, logistics partner for Frieze Sculpture, will cover the cost of installation for two emerging galleries, enabling them to participate
in the display; and Frieze will also launch a new audio tour app in collaboration with mobile platform ARTimbarc



Stay Tuned on Kooness magazine for more exciting news from the artworld.