Frieze London 2015: Highlights for the 13th Edition

Frieze London returns to the capital for its 13th edition from 14-17 October. Taking place at The Regent’s Park it provides an astute and fresh perspective on contemporary art through the involvement of top curators including Nicola Lees (Curator, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana), Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, YSP) and Gregor Muir (Executive Director, ICA, London), along with the participation of leading international galleries. Frieze London shares a commitment to discovery with its long-time sponsor Deutsche Bank.

In 2015, the fair welcomes 164 galleries from 27 countries to its various sections. Key solo presentations include Camille Henrot (Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris); Chris Martin (Anton Kern Gallery, New York); Ken Okiishi (Pilar Corrias, London); Xu Qu (Almine Rech Gallery, London) and Mary Weatherford (David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles). Meanwhile, Simon Lee Gallery (London) will bring an ongoing sequence of three specially conceived solo presentations by Valerie Snobeck, Toby Ziegler and Heimo Zobering. Additional highlights in the Main section include 42 sculptures on a forest of plinths (Hauser & Wirth, London), new works made by artists in dialogue with architect Luis Barragán’s iconic House and Studio in Mexico City (Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo) and a stand dedicated to Abraham Cruzvillegas and Jimmie Durham (kurimanzutto, Mexico City).

The fair’s Focus section offers a chance to discover emerging talents Maria Pininska-Beres (David Radziszweski, Warsaw); Amie Siegel (Simon Preston, New York); Samara Scott (The Sunday Painter, London) and British ceramic artist Jesse Wine (Limoncello, London), whilst the Live section develops from its critically acclaimed debut to encompass varied formats: portrait sittings by Ken Kagami (Misako & Rosen, Tokyo); an auditorium-based choreography by Edward Thomasson & Lucy Beech (Southard Reid, London); and an intimate, installation-based encounter by Amalia Ulman (Arcadia Missa, London). Both Focus and Live are curated by Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor.

Another must-see at Frieze London is the Frieze Sculpture Park, which comprises 16 new and historical works, curated by YSP’s Clare Lilley. Set in the English Gardens between Frieze Masters and Frieze London, the park provides a rare opportunity to encounter sculpture and installation art by international artists such as Richard Serra, Peter Freeman, Anri Sala and Carol Bove in the open air. It will feature a new solar-powered sound and light work by Haroon Mirza (Lisson Gallery) and Seung-Taek Lee’s monumental balloon model of the earth, Earth Play 1979, (Gallery Hyundai).

Accompanying the vast exhibitors programme is Frieze Talks: a series of daily conversations, lectures and panel discussions co-curated for the first time by Christy Lange and Gregor Muir. The dynamic talk line-up begins on Wednesday with Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera, followed by artist and novelist Douglas Coupland in discussion with Emily Segal. Promoting the work of emerging artists is Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Award (this year’s recipient is Rachel Rose), both of which incorporate presentations of highly experimental processes and collaborations, alongside Frieze Music, an off-site programme curated in partnership with The Vinyl Factory which activates visitors’ experiences through music and sound.

Keep an eye out for this year’s new addition, the Reading Room, a new space for visitors to browse and buy a curated selection of the world’s best arts publications in a newly enhanced area designed by Universal Design Studio. Aesthetica is amongst a select number of participating publications hosting a discussion. Join editor Cherie Federico and artist Marcus Lyon for Post-Analogue Photography in the Digital Age on Friday 16 October. Aesthetica can also be found throughout the week at Booth M11 at Frieze Masters.

Frieze London and Frieze Masters, 14 -17 October, The Regent’s Park, London.

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1. Haroon Mirza, Standing Stones (Solar Symphony 8), 2015. Copyright of Haroon Mirza. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery