Frieze heats up LA in 2019 - Art Collector

Paramount Studios, site of the newest Frieze art fair. Courtesy: Paramount, LA

International art fair giant Frieze has announced another iteration of its globally renowned art fair program. Joining Frieze London, Frieze New York and Frieze Masters, Frieze Los Angeles will make its inaugural debut in 2019, bringing modern and contemporary art to collectors, connoisseurs and the Los Angeles public. Featuring a site-specific program of talks, music and commissioned art projects organised in collaboration with leading international curators, the fair will celebrate Los Angeles’ position as a global destination for contemporary art. Around 70 galleries will take part in the fair, representing a front-line of galleries from Los Angeles, the United States and around the globe. Highlights include Blum & Poe, The Box, Freedman Fitzpatrick, François Ghebaly, Hannah Hoffmann Gallery, David Kordansky, LA Louver, Parker Gallery, The Pit, Regen Projects, Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Night Gallery.

Frieze Los Angeles will be held in the Los Angeles Paramount Pictures Studios, where the fair space has been specifically designed as a bespoke structure by Kulapat Yantrasast, founding partner and creative director of wHY. Executive director of Frieze Los Angeles Bettina Korek will work with director of the Frieze Fairs Victoria Siddall to ensure the fair is both in keeping with Frieze’s vision to bring the most cutting edge contemporary art to the forefront of international public gaze, as well as provide a platform that is bespoke to the diverse cultural scene of Los Angeles.

Frieze London Art Fair launched in 2003 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp. Courtesy Frieze London.

“The extremely positive reaction to Frieze Los Angeles from galleries is testament to the importance of this city which is so rich in great artists, museums, galleries, and art schools.” Says Siddall. Korek adds: “Frieze Los Angeles is posed to provide a pivotal annual moment for Los Angeles not only drawing an influx of new visitors but also stimulating civic engagement with the incredible array of artists, educators, galleries, museums and institutions that define Los Angeles’ cultural landscape. Los Angeles is already on the map, but it is long overdue to have its spot on the international art world calendar.”

The Talks, Music, Projects and Film section of the fair, curated by Hamza Walker alongside Ali Subotnick will highlight the city as a place of interdisciplinary experimentation that enters into the mediums of sound, poetry and performance art. Gallery walks, collaborations with local organizations, and public events will invite international collectors, curators, and artists to experience Los Angeles’ widespread, multifaceted and ever-evolving art community.

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Rose Leake

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