Starting February 15th through February 17th 2019 Frieze LA will feature a global cross-section of artists projects, talks, films, restaurants and experiments in patronage and activism. The fair will take place on the back lot of Paramount Pictures in a bespoke structure designed by Kulapat Yantrasast.
The design will transform the movie set into a symbolic cityscape where art is at the center of civic life. The curated programs and gallery presentations will feature figures at the vanguard of contemporary art and cultural conversation, with a strong L.A. presence.
The new annual contemporary art fair will spotlight more than 70 L.A.-based galleries. With leading galleries from across the US and around the world also invited to take part in the fair.
Frieze Fair & Projects
Solo and curated presentations outside the fair will present their most exciting and influential artists, with exceptionally ambitious presentations including Mike Kelley’s Unisex Love Nest (1999) installation shown for the first time in LA, exactly 20 years since its inception; Gallery LA Louver’s solo by the celebrated Los Angeles graffiti artist, Gaijin Fujita; Kim Dingle with Susanne Vielmetter will present new paintings and sculptures exploring the subversive edges of female childhood and myths of nationhood; and Shio Kusaka will present ceramics alongside a mural by Dave Muller with Blum & Poe.
Young galleries from L.A. representing the vanguard of contemporary art making in the city include Park View/Paul Soto Gallery’s presentation of Mark A. Rodriguez whose installation explores the mythical history of The Grateful Dead; Night Gallery’s pairing of paintings by Claire Tabouret with furniture by Josh Callaghan; and Commonwealth and Council’s tribute to The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling with a collaborative exhibition entitled G.L.O.W (Greeting Land Outflowing Wormholes) by Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza.
A core element of Frieze programming across all fairs, Frieze Talks in Los Angeles will provide a backstage view into the practices and inspirations of significant Los Angeles artists and creative talent, celebrating the city’s expansive arts landscape as an extension of the fair.
Hamza Walker, Executive Director of the non-profit arts space LAXART, joins as curator of Frieze Talks. Frieze Talks will be hosted at LAXART in early February, with a music-inspired series organized in collaboration with music critic and scholar Josh Kun.
Taking place at the Paramount Theater, Frieze Film is curated by Ali Subotnick who has selected video works by international artists Tala Madani and Cécile B. Evans.
Jeremy Deller, Wu Tsang and Josh Blaaberg along with Jenn Nkiru join the project to direct the fourth film of the series. Nkiru’s most recent collaboration was shooting 2nd unit for Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s APESHIT directed by Ricky Saiz. She is also in development for her first feature-length music and culture doc with BBC Arts due for release in 2019.
Hosted at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood from February 14th through February 17, 2019, Frieze Los Angeles will join Frieze New York, Frieze London and Frieze Masters at the forefront of the international art fair calendar, celebrating Los Angeles’ position as a global arts center and destination.