Home Magazine The second edition of Frieze Los Angeles

Officially from today until the 16th Feb 2020, Frieze Los Angeles is ready to host thousands of visitors at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. After the last year’s great debut, this second edition brings together more than 70 of the most eminent galleries from Los Angeles,  in the United States and around the world, as well as a program of on-site artist commissions and events extending throughout the city. 

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Following the inaugural edition success, Frieze Los Angeles 2020  welcomes returning galleries, such as David Lewis, Gaga, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Gladstone Gallery, Goodman Gallery, Skarstedt and Xavier Hufkens. As stated by Bettina Korek (Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles): 

The debut of Frieze Los Angeles catalyzed global interest in Los Angeles’ dynamic art scene and established the fair as having a distinct commitment to the locality. We are honored to collaborate with Rita, Pilar and Venus this year on curated sections that will illustrate how Los Angeles is a vital meeting place for artists representing myriad cultures and practices. I look forward to seeing how the curators will interweave international artists into this year’s program, expanding conversations around what is unique about L.A. as a context and constellation of creative communities.


Frieze Los Angeles 2019 Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.


Solo Presentations from Today’s Most Prominent and Exciting Artists: L.A. Louver will be present.LA artist Alison Saar, who uses sculpture and painting on found materials to give visibility to the work of women Pace Gallery and Kayne Griffin Corcoran will co-present an exhibition of work by iconic West Coast based artist James Turrell across both galleries’ booths, including an immersive LED ceiling installation, adjoining to a second booth of four works from Turrell’s Glass series Hauser & Wirth will show paintings by rising star Avery Singer. Greene Naftali will bring work by pioneer of technology-based art, CoryArcangel; Massimo De Carlo will show a selection of ‘Suicide Paintings’ and heart-shaped canvases by Rob Pruitt; Victoria Miro will present new paintings sculptures and works on paper by Idris Khan; Sadie Coles HQ will show a solo presentation of new work by Venezuelan artist Alvaro Barrington; Galerie Eva Presenhuber will show Ugo Rondinone, widely known for his large-scale works including Seven Magic Mountains installed outside Las Vegas.

New for this year is the introduction of Focus LA: a feature section that provides a platform for emerging Los Angeles spaces that have been open 15 years or fewer, underlining Frieze’s commitment to the city’s vibrant cultural landscape. Curated by Rita Gonzalez (Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art, LACMA) the section will feature 13 galleries, including Frieze Los Angeles newcomers as-is.la, Charlie James Gallery, Overduin & Co. and Various Small Fires.


Kori Newkirk & Hannah Greely, Frieze Projects, Frieze Los Angeles 2019 Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.


Jeffrey Deitch, Frieze Los Angeles 2019 Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.


During the fair another spectacular section is Frieze Projects that take place across Frieze art fairs globally, offering a curated program of ambitious and experimental artwork beyond the gallery booths. The LA edition of the much-celebrated program features new commissions and landmark works exploring themes of representation, identity and myth. Artists presenting new works include names as Will Boone, Tania Candiani, Sayre Gomez, Channing Hansen, Vincent Ramos, Gabriella Sanchez, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Tavares Strachan, Mungo Thomson and Mario García Torres. Other featured artists include Patrisse Cullors, Jonathas De Andrade, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Barbara Kasten and Naama Tsabar.

Accompanying Frieze Projects and presented on Paramount Studio’s iconic backlot set, not be missed is the Artist Street Fair dedicated to the many types of local creative enterprises found around LA. Visitors to the Street Fair can learn about the missions and programs of different artist-driven organizations and accessible ways to support them. Participants include: GYOPO, Poetic Research Bureau, Ooga Booga, Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW), Artists
Frieze Los Angeles Press Release, January 2020. 


Trulee Hall, Frieze Projects, Frieze Los Angeles 2019 Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.


Finally with Frieze Los Angeles, and expanded Frieze Week program of exhibitions and events across the city is started from Monday. Inspired by Frieze Week in London and New York, Frieze Week Los Angeles encompasses a spectrum of programming at galleries, museums, civic organizations, and other artist-driven spaces as a celebratory platform to showcase the many communities encompassing L.A.’s dynamic arts landscape. The campaign for Frieze Week 2020 is centered around a project by Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions). Twenty questions composed by Kruger such as “IS THERE LIFE WITHOUT PAIN?” are installed outside a number of prominent art spaces and landmarks around Los Angeles, as well as integrated into all of Frieze Week 2020’s print, online, and outdoor marketing materials.

Cover image: Frieze Projects, Frieze Los Angeles 2019 Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

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