Frieze London 2019 preview

Art month is here, and we’re gearing up for the 2019 editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters, which open to the public on Thursday, 3 October.

The biggest and most famous of all the art fairs returns for 2019 to Regent's Park this week with record international participation. Every year, Frieze hosts two incredible art fairs side by side: Frieze London and its selection of the best of contemporary art, and Frieze Masters which specialises in art from the past.

Bringing together more than 160 galleries from 35 countries across the globe for its 17th edition, Frieze London 2019 marks its most international edition since its launch. Placing the creme de la creme of London's contemporary art galleries alongside their international counterparts, it offers an unrivalled opportunity for art fans to enjoy famous names alongside the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. A series of talks, film screenings, music and live performance works, as well as live bodycasting, augmented reality sculpture and even a Western-style whiskey bar will also be dotted around its extensive site.


Robert Indiana One Through Zero 1980 2002 Waddington Custot Frieze Sculpture 2019

Robert Indiana, ONE through ZERO, 1980-2002, Waddington Custot, Frieze Sculpture 2019 © Morgan Art Foundation Ltd. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, DACS, London 2019. 


This year’s fair also showcases a new roster of curatorial talent, working in collaboration with Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze Fairs). A new themed section, Woven, has been curated by Cosmin Costinas (Executive Director/Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong) and brings together solo presentations by eight international artists who employ textiles, weaving and tapestry.


Frieze London 2019 will also welcome the return of world-class galleries, many of which are long-time Frieze participants, including Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Hauser & Wirth, Goodman Gallery, Lisson Gallery, White Cube and David Zwirner, as well as artists Carlos Amorales, Cecilia Bengolea, Shezad Dawood and Yasmin Jahan Nupur.


London- and Delhi-based artist Himali Singh Soin, who is the recipient of this year’s Frieze Artist Award, will also be inviting visitors to explore questions about environment, history and myth.


Lars Fisk Tudor Ball 2019 Marlborough Frieze Sculpture 2019

Lars Fisk, Tudor Ball, 2019, Marlborough, Frieze Sculpture 2019


Tai Jung Um A Stranger Holding Two Wings 2018 Arario Gallery Frieze Sculpture 2019

Tai-Jung Um, A Stranger Holding Two Wings, 2018, Arario Gallery, Frieze Sculpture 2019


Ivan Argote Bridges We Are Melting 2019 Galerie Perrotin Frieze Sculpture 2019

Iván Argote, Bridges (We are melting), 2019, Galerie Perrotin, Frieze Sculpture 2019


Victoria Siddall said: “This year’s editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters embody the exceptional international spirit of London, a city that is a meeting point for art, ideas and people from all over the world. We will welcome the most significant galleries from around the globe, across both fairs, some of whom are joining us for the first time. They represent art and artists from around the globe, from the Asian influence on Collections at Frieze Masters, to new galleries joining Frieze London from Brazil, Lebanon, South Korea and Estonia, as well as leading programmes from the USA and Europe. The two fairs and Frieze Sculpture, along with exhibitions opening during Frieze Week including Kara Walker in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern and Elizabeth Peyton at the National Portrait Gallery, make Frieze in London a vital and truly global cultural moment in the city.”

Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Frieze Sculpture is London’s largest free display of outdoor art and can be found around the English Gardens of Regent's Park. This year’s participating artists include: Iván Argote, Peter Buggenhout, Jodie Carey, Ma Desheng, Tracey Emin, Lars Fisk, Barry Flanagan, Charlie Godet Thomas, Leiko Ikemura, Robert Indiana, Vik Muniz, Tai-Jung Um, Bill Woodrow and Emily Young. 

Sculptures on display include a 4-metres-long, bronze figure entitled When I Sleep by Tracey Emin and a full-size reproduction of a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Matchbox toy car by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.


Tracey Emin When I Sleep 2018 White Cube Frieze Sculpture 2019

Tracey Emin, When I Sleep, 2018, White Cube, Frieze Sculpture 2019 


Vik Muniz Mnemonic Vehicle No 2 2015 Ben Brown Fine Arts Frieze Sculpture 2019

Vik Muniz, Mnemonic Vehicle No. 2, 2015, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Frieze Sculpture 2019

Photos by Stephen White. Courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze


Frieze London and Frieze Masters open this week, from 3-6 October 2019.