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Just a few hours and a new electrifying edition of Frieze Art Fair 2019 will be ready to welcome thousands of visitors with new international participation, guests, and themed sections. Running from 3 to 6 October 2019 in the beautiful area of London Regent’s Park, Frieze London together with Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters will make Frieze Art Fair an unmissable date for all the art lovers.

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For its 17th Edition, Frieze London will bring together more than 160 galleries from 36 countries, representing the fair’s most international edition since its launch. With new curators and section dedicated to the contemporary significance of complex art genealogies and colonial legacies, the fair seems aims to create an exceptional moment for cultural conversations on a global level.

This year’s fair brings together a new roster of curatorial talent, working in collaboration with Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs) and Jo Stella-Sawicka (Artistic Director, Frieze London). Indeed, the 2019 edition welcomes Cosmin Costinas (Executive Director/Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong) as curator of the fair’s new themed section "Woven", bringing together solo presentations by eight international artists who employ textiles, weaving and tapestry; Diana Campbell-Betancourt (Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka and Chief Curator, Dhaka Art Summit) returns as curator of LIVE and the Frieze Artist Award; and Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London) will again co- programme Frieze Talks with Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios). For the first time, an international committee of gallery peers comprising Stefan Benchoam (Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City), Edouard Malingue (Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong), and Angelina Volk (Emalin, London) will advise on the selection of participants for Focus, the fair’s section for younger galleries. Victoria Siddall said:

This year’s editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters embody the exceptional international spirit of London, a city that is a meeting point for art, ideas and people from all over the world. We will welcome the most significant galleries from around the globe, across both fairs, some of whom are joining us for the first time. They represent art and artists from around the globe, from the Asian influence on Collections at Frieze Masters, to new galleries joining Frieze London from Brazil, Lebanon, Estonia and Taiwan, as well as leading programmes from the USA and Europe. The two fairs and Frieze Sculpture, along with exhibitions opening during Frieze Week including Kara Walker in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern and Elizabeth Peyton at the National Portrait Gallery, make Frieze in London a vital and truly global cultural moment in the city.


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Stephen Friedman Gallery, Frieze London 2018. Photo by Linda Nylind. Courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze


Let's open a briefly brackets about the new themed section titled "Woven" curated by Cosmin Costinas a writer, critic and Executive Director/Curator of Para Site (Hong Kong). This gallery-led section brings together eight artists whose practice is informed by rich and complex art genealogies, revealing the many ways in which contemporary practice is entangled with a plurality of traditions. The international artists featured in "Woven" are of different generations – from Brazil, the Philippines, China, India and Madagascar – and are working with vernacular, indigenous, or underground traditions, employing textiles and weaving, either in a direct way or as an expanded exploration of this fertile medium. The participating artists and galleries in "Woven" are:

  • Pacita Abad presented by Silverlens Galleries, Manila

  • Joël Andrianomearisoa presented by Primae Noctis, Lugano

  • Monika Correa presented by Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

  • Cian Dayrit presented by 1335 Mabini, Manila

  • Chitra Ganesh presented by Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

  • José Leonilson presented by Galeria Marilia Razuk, São Paulo

  • Mrinalini Mukherjee presented by Nature Morte, New Delhi

  • Angela Su presented by Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong


Together these eight solo presentations will make visible the histories and continuous legacies of the colonial catastrophe, from the economies around textiles to current forms of exploitation and political complicity, as well as point to the various languages available to artistic practice in this critical effort. (Cosmin Costinas)


Galerie Emanuel Layr, Focus, Frieze London 2018 Photo by Linda Nylind. Courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze.


But for who loves to find new artistic gambling, another unmissable section will be "FOCUS: EMERGING ART FROM ACROSS THE WORLD", the fair’s section for galleries aged 16 years or younger, continues to evolve as a platform for younger voices in the art community. For the first time, the section will be advised by an international committee of gallery peers comprising Stefan Benchoam (Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City), Edouard Malingue (Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong), and Angelina Volk (Emalin, London). Among 33 galleries from 19 countries, this section welcomes many first-time participants representing emerging art scenes around the globe, such as 80M2 Livia Benavides (Peru), Aike (Shanghai), Commonwealth and Council and and Wilding Cran Gallery (both Los Angeles), Company (New York), Drei (Cologne), Galerie Tanja Wagner (Berlin), Marfa’ (Beirut) and Temnikova & Kasela (Talinn). Tiwani Contemporary (London) also takes part in Focus for the first time, joining young London galleries who return to the Focus section including Arcadia Missa, Emalin, Project Native Informant, Southard Reid, The Sunday Painter and Union Pacific. 


Frieze Masters Talks, Frieze Masters 2018. Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.


That's not all, because if you will need a break, remember that there's always the Talks Area ready to welcome you! For the second consecutive year the Frize Talks are co-programmed by Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) and Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios): 100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus, Frieze Talks 2019 will take inspiration from the school’s pioneering approach to interdisciplinarity and its questioning of art’s relationship to a wider social world. Now a final tip: to better prepare yourself to this intense "art meeting" please previously take a look to Frieze London official page and never give up on the collateral events, read our guide for the Must-see during London Frieze Art Fair 2019

Cover image: Frieze London 2018 Photo by Linda Nylind. Courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze

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