Art Fairs

Frieze London 2019

Frieze London 2019, London, United Kingdom
03 Oct 2019 - 06 Oct 2019

Frieze Art Fair 2018. London.  Photo by Linda Nylind.

Frieze Art Fair 2018. London. Photo by Linda Nylind.

Frieze London 2019 is announcing Record International Participation, New Curators and Themed Sections for 17th Edition

Frieze London 2019 will bring together more than 160 galleries from 36 countries, representing the fair’s most international edition since its launch. Introducing new curators and sections showcasing performance, emerging artists and the contemporary significance of complex art genealogies and colonial legacies, Frieze London is opening 3 to 6 October 2019 and will coincide with Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters in The Regent’s Park.

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). 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 coprogramme 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.


C& recommends:

  • A solo by New York-based Troy Michie focused on African American and Latinx cultural experience, immigration and queerness (Company Gallery, New York);
  • Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s solo project commenting on “A Law for Regulating Negro and Indian Slaves in the Night Time” passed in 1713 (Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin);
  • Joy Labinjo – ahead of her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Newcastle in October 2019 – with work informed by the artist’s British-Nigerian heritage (Tiwani Contemporary, London)
  • As well as Joël Andrianomearisoa presented by Primae Noctis, Lugano, as an participant artist of WOVEN, the new themed section at Frieze London 2019.

This year’s iteration of Frieze Talks takes inspiration from the Bauhaus’ pioneering approach to interdisciplinarity, and its questioning of art’s relationship to a wider social world. Find out more about the panels and its participants  here, which include Diedrick Brackens (Artist) and Kimathi Donkor (UAL) amongst others.


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