Frieze Masters 2015 will offer an unparalleled opportunity to discover a world history of art, showcasing 130 leading modern and historical galleries including sections curated by Clara M Kim, Sir Norman Rosenthal and Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park). An expanded programme of Talks will include Lawrence Weiner (artist), J. Tomilson Hill (collector), Annabelle Selldorf (architect),Wim Pijbes (General Director, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) and Ali Smith (writer), among many others.
Taking place in London’s The Regent’s Park from 14–18 October 2015, in a bespoke structure designed by Selldorf Architects, Frieze Masters is supported by Main Sponsor Deutsche Bank for the fourth consecutive year, with Gucci as Associate Sponsor and sponsor of Frieze Masters Talks.
Several Thousand Years of Art
For the fourth edition of the fair, the world’s leading galleries will present an unrivalled quality, breadth and depth of work, from highly collectible objects to significant masterpieces.
In the main section of Frieze Masters, galleries continue the fair’s tradition of ambitious curated presentations, including solo exhibitions by modern mas- ters Frank Auerbach (Marlborough Fine Art, London), Sam Gilliam (David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles), Richard Hamilton (Alan Cristea Gallery, London), Carmen Herrera (Lisson Gallery, London), Roy Lichtenstein (Castelli Gallery, London), Michelangelo Pistoletto (Galleria Continua, San Gimignano) and Kwon Young Woo (Tina Kim Gallery, New York & Kukje Gallery, Seoul), among others.
Andrew Edmunds (London) will present a monograph of works by 18th-century caricaturist James Gillray; whilst Les Enluminures (New York), taking part in the fair for the first time, will showcase Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and finger rings, including one of the last richly illuminated manuscripts of Guillaume de Lorris & Jean de Meun’s Roman de la Rose remaining in private hands. Richard Nagy Ltd (London), also new to the fair, and Richard L. Feigen & Co. (New York), will transform their stands into atmospheric interiors, richly curated to invoke historical periods or specific places. Once again, Helly Nahmad is working with a set designer on a spectacular presentation.
Richard Green’s (London) booth, inspired by the Cornish coastline, will feature paintings by Ben Nicholson and LS Lowry, as well as bronze sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore; whilst Rupert Wace (London) will present a Greek Bronze Votive Horse (750-730 BC), an exceptional example of symbolic art from the Geometric period. More standout works include a pair of Japanese six-panel screens from the early 17th century (Sebastian Izzard LLC, New York) and a rare, recently restored portrait painting by Cornelis de Vos (1584-1651), presented by Salomon Lilian (Amsterdam).
A recent phenomenon, which encapsulates the spirit of Frieze Masters to juxtapose and embrace art of all periods, is a growing culture of shared stands. Hauser & Wirth and Moretti Fine Art (both London) will collaborate on ‘an ideal collection’ of works spanning the centuries, placing 14th-century Italian panels alongside the likes of Hans Arp and Louise Bourgeois; whilst Karsten Schubert and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (both London) will juxtapose modern masterpieces by Bridget Riley with Old Master drawings and ancient portrait sculpture.
The new feature section Collections, curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, will introduce various types of work to the fair, from an impressive selection of Japanese netsuke (Sydney Moss, London); to a 40-piece display of Ital- ian maiolica from the 15th to 17th centuries (Bazaart, London). It will also include a collection of rare wooden Egyptian sculpture, including an exceptional large statue from the Fifth Dynasty (2500-2400 BC) (Sycomore Ancient Art, London).
The Spotlight section, curated for the first time by Clara M Kim and dedicated to solo presentations of 20th-century art, will reveal foundational moments in art through pioneering figures. These include Pop artists from Brazil and Japan – Wanda Pimentel with Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte (Rio de Janeiro) and Keiichi Tanaami with Nanzuka (Tokyo). Visitors can also discover Global conceptualists of the American West Coast, such as Jess (Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco), and of Eastern Europe with Ana Lupas (P420, Bologna).
The Frieze Sculpture Park 2015 comprises 16 new and historical works, set in the English Gardens between Frieze Masters and Frieze London. Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and with free public access, the Frieze Sculpture Park gives visitors to The Regent’s Park a rare opportunity to encounter exceptional sculpture and installation art by international artists in the open air.
Works for 2015 include: Lock (1976-7), a major installation by Richard Serra, which Peter Freeman (New York) will be shown for the first time publicly since it was exhibited at the Whitney Museum in 1976; Anri Sala’s Holey Wall (Should I Stay or Should I Go) (2014-15), remade for Frieze together with live performances originally commissioned for the 12th Havana Biennial (Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris & Marian Goodman Gallery, London); a new solar-powered sound and light work by Haroon Mirza (Lisson Gallery, London); Earth Play (1979), Seung-Taek Lee’s monumental balloon model of the earth (Gallery Hyundai, Seoul); Open Screen (2014) by Carol Bove (David Zwirner, London) and an impressive 11th-14th Century AD pre-Ekoi monolith from Western Africa (Didier Claes, Brussels).
For the third year the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, will develop a dedicated app for the Sculpture Park with detailed information on each of the sculptures and an audio guide by curator Clare Lilley.
Frieze Masters Talks
In 2015 Frieze Masters Talks expands to feature nine conversations, co-programmed for the first time by Jennifer Higgie (Co-editor frieze and Editor, Frieze Masters magazine) who joins Jasper Sharp (Adjunct Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). Frieze Masters Talks is supported by Gucci, Associate Sponsor of the fair.
Jasper Sharp said, ‘The programme planned for this year is the most comprehensive to date, with contributions from an international line-up of artists, curators, museum directors, dealers, critics and writers, all exploring the vital relationship between the art of the past and the present, its acquisition, creation and display.’
2015 participants include artists Michaël Borremans, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Ellen Gallagher and Lawrence Weiner, in conversation with museum curators Wim Pijbes (General Director, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Frederick Ilchman (Chair, Art of Europe at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Dr. Minna Moore Ede (Assistant Curator of Renaissance Paintings, National Gallery, London) and Colin Wiggins (Special Projects Curator, National Gallery, London). Five new panels exploring specialist sections of the fair and wider themes of collecting, curating and writing will feature Tomilson Hill (collector), Ali Smith (writer), Mark Godfrey (Senior Curator, International Art, Tate Modern, London), Melvin Edwards (artist), Pamela Joyner (collector) and Sjarel Ex (Director, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam), among many others.
Restaurants at Frieze Masters
At Frieze Masters, visitors will find some of London’s favourite bars and res- taurants. The Arts Club joins the fair for the first time, expanding from May- fair with a pop-up bar offering cocktails, wine and Champagne. Michelin- starred Locanda Locatelli will return to the fair for a fourth consecutive year, alongside Umu which has just received its second Michelin star. For more informal dining, GAIL’s Artisan Bakery will offer fresh, seasonal options.
Opening alongside the contemporary fair Frieze London, Frieze Masters will take place 14–18 October 2015 in The Regent’s Park, London. Together the two fairs offer an unmissable opportunity to view, experience and acquire art. Frieze Masters is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the fourth consecutive year, continuing a shared commitment to discovery.