Welcome to our Artlyst Frieze LA 2020 printable pull-out Guide, This is our curated choice of the events not to miss during the busiest week in the Los Angeles Contemporary Art calendar. Running February 14-16, 2020. Preview days 12-13 February. Check out the bottom of this article for our satellite recommendations.
Frieze LA 2020 Projects returns to Paramount Pictures Studios’ iconic backlot set with a series of immersive art installations, site-specific works, performances and videos, co-curated by Rita Gonzalez (Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art, LACMA) and Pilar Tompkins Rivas (Director, Vincent Price Art Museum). Frieze Projects is an anchor program of Frieze Los Angeles that takes place on February 14 – 16, 2020 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. Launched in 2019, Frieze Los Angeles brings together more than 70 galleries from around the world and is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the second consecutive year.
Last year the debut of Frieze Los Angeles riveted the city to art, and the art world to Los Angeles -Bettina Korek
Frieze LA 2020 Projects takes place across Frieze art fairs globally, offering a curated program of ambitious and experimental artwork beyond the gallery booths. The LA edition of the much-celebrated program features new commissions and landmark works exploring themes of representation, identity and myth. Artists presenting new works include: Will Boone, Tania Candiani, Sayre Gomez, Channing Hansen, Vincent Ramos, Gabriella Sanchez, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Tavares Strachan, Mungo Thomson and Mario García Torres. Other featured artists include: Patrisse Cullors, Jonathas De Andrade, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Barbara Kasten and Naama Tsabar.
Co-curators Gonzalez and Tompkins Rivas said: ‘For the second edition of Frieze Projects we wanted to globalize the selection of artists, while thinking in particular about Los Angeles’ relationship to the Americas. Many of the works draw on the political context within which we are operating today. Latinx and Latin American art and histories are put into focus with projects by Tania Candiani and Gabriella Sanchez, while works by Gary Simmons and Lorna Simpson touch on themes of visibility, identity and self-fashioning in relation to the African American experience. Another idea was to bring in artists, such as Vincent Ramos and Channing Hansen to work within the archive and legacy of Paramount Pictures Studios, deepening the program’s conversation with its filmset location.’
The full 2020 Frieze Projects program includes:
Will Boone (b. 1983, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)
Presented by Karma and David Kordansky
A series of bronze sculptures reconfiguring metal die-cast toys to create new narratives and associations, while evoking a sense of nostalgia.
Tania Candiani (b. 1974, Mexico, lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)
Presented by Instituto de Visión
A performative installation exploring technology and labor, drawing correlations between the forced work of Japanese Americans incarcerated in concentration camps in California during WWII and current migrant detentions camps along the US/Mexico border.
Patrisse Cullors (b. 1987, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)
Presented by LTD Los Angeles
A collective performance which uses dance as a restorative act to reclaim time, space and emotional energy.
Jonathas de Andrade (b. 1982, Brazil, lives and works in Recife, Brazil)
Presented by Vermelho
A video work taking an intimate look inside people’s wallets and their contents, providing a broad portrayal of people living in Brazil across gender, race and class.
Sayre Gomez (b. 1982, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)
Presented by François Ghebaly
A new sculpture of a palm tree cell phone tower, shining light on the ways in which Hollywood’s stagecraft has spread to urban planning.
Channing Hansen (b. 1972, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA
Presented by Marc Selwyn Fine Art
A site-specific, fiber-based installation with a durational performance drawing inspiration from both Duchamp and episodes of Star Trek.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981, USA, lives and works Philadelphia, USA)
Presented by Anat Ebgi
Huffman’s first outdoor sculpture appropriates elements of cinematic visual culture and pays homage to Grace Jones in A View to a Kill.
Barbara Kasten (b. 1936, USA, lives and works in Chicago, USA)
Presented by Hannah Hoffman and Bortolami
Kasten gives a new life to Intervention, a sculptural installation that evokes the backdrops of pictorial and filmic production while echoing the Bauhaus and Constructivism.
Vincent Ramos (b. 1973, USA, lives and works in Venice, USA)
A site-specific installation investigating both the absence and presence of the Mexican and Mexican-American / Chicano experience within Hollywood film production, specifically through the movies produced by the fair’s host, Paramount Pictures.
Gabriella Sanchez (b. 1988, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)
Presented by Charlie James Gallery
Playing with language and imagery, Sanchez’s banner and other pieces engaging with signage on the backlot, reference Chicanx and barrio culture, notions of masculinity, and layered meanings through text.
Gary Simmons (b. 1964, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)
Presented by Regen Projects
A restaging of the artist’s historic work Backdrop Project first shown at Metro Pictures, New York in 1993. By taking Polaroids of passers-by and offering a copy to his subjects, Simmons explored the power of self-fashioning and authorship.
Lorna Simpson (b. 1960, USA, lives and works in New York, USA)
Presented by Hauser & Wirth
Simpson collaborates with a group of African American ballet dancers on a two-channel video, addressing issues of gender, identity, memory and representation.
Tavares Strachan (b. 1979, The Bahamas, lives and works in New York, USA)
Presented by AF Projects
A neon sculpture exposing the power of Hollywood’s constructed narratives in our contemporary life, while resonating with timely political issues.
Mungo Thomson (b. 1969, USA, lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)
Presented by Frank Elbaz
New bronze sculptures patterned on Amazon boxes underline the contrast between monumentality and ephemerality.
Mario García Torres (b. 1975, Mexico, lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)
Presented by Galleria Franco Noero
A video and installation weaving together a 1981 incident in which Muhammad Ali talked a suicidal jumper off the ledge of a building in LA with the 1983 hit Jump by Van Halen.
Naama Tsabar (b. 1982, Israel, lives and works in New York, USA)
Presented by Shulamit Nazarian
A performative installation with related photographs that co-opts and upends the guitar solo through a conjoining and doubling. Using two guitars grafted together, Tsabar and a partner turn the performative gesture into an act based on intimacy and cooperation.
Frieze LA 2020 Week Los Angeles Reveals Sites for Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Questions), with Major Installations Including Historic Union Station and NeueHouse Hollywood
Frieze has announced the locations for Barbara Kruger’s public art project Untitled (Questions), which will be realised throughout the city for Frieze Week Los Angeles, February 10 – 16. Frieze has collaborated with Kruger on the central campaign for Frieze Week, featuring twenty questions created by the artist and displayed on digital billboards, light pole banners, murals, print and digital media. Untitled (Questions) is part of the expanded Frieze Week program of exhibitions and events that will run throughout the second edition of Frieze Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Union Station, the Streamline Modern-Spanish Colonial Revival landmark in downtown Los Angeles, will exhibit Untitled (Questions) in the Union Station Passageway Art Gallery. Alternating between English and Spanish, Kruger’s interventions will be installed in a long corridor within this historic crossroads of Southern California’s public transportation system. This location is co-presented by Frieze Los Angeles and Metro Art.
A further special presentation of Kruger’s series is also at NeueHouse Hollywood which will feature a major mural on the facade of the landmark 1938 CBS Radio Building and Studio. The iconic building was restored by owner Kilroy Realty and designed by Swiss-born architect William Lescaze This location is co-presented by Frieze Los Angeles and NeueHouse. supported Kilroy Realty.
At The Standard, Downtown LA, another converted mid-century landmark — formerly the Superior Oil Building, constructed in 1956 — will host a large-scale artwork on the 6th Street Mural wall that reads ‘WHOSE JUSTICE?’ This location is co-presented by Frieze Los Angeles and The Standard.
Organized by Frieze Los Angeles Executive Director Bettina Korek, the project brings Kruger’s provocations/interrogations, which are indeterminate and open to subjective interpretation, into physical proximity with the public. Korek said: ‘We are extremely honored to have collaborated with Barbara on the Frieze Week campaign, her work stands on its own and speaks for itself. This project trusts that in an age of distraction, people still pay attention. It’s quintessential how her choice of words balances directness and ambiguity, how they invite a viewer to read into what is being asked as well as what isn’t. We are so grateful to the partners who have collaborated with us to bring this iconic, iterative, thought-provoking project to sites around the city.’
Frieze Los Angeles acknowledges support from partners that have made the presentation of this artwork possible: Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Bureau, West Hollywood Design District, West Hollywood Travel and Tourism, Jessica Rich and the City of West Hollywood, Shelli Azoff and The Forum, Allison and Larry Berg, Banc of California Stadium, and Los Angeles Football Club, Tim Geary, Jon Goss, Meredith Rogers, Josh Wyatt and NeueHouse, Kilroy Realty and Lauren Phillips, The Standard, and Metro. Frieze Los Angeles also extends thanks to its media partners for presenting this artwork: frieze, KCET, The Art Newspaper and ArtNews.
Overview of sites:
Project: Street Banners (with Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Bureau)
Description: 179 street banners throughout Los Angeles
Address: locations across Los Angeles
Project: Street Banners (with West Hollywood Design District)
Description: street banners in West Hollywood Design District
Address: locations across West Hollywood
Project: West Hollywood Digital Billboard / 8410 Sunset Blvd. (with the City of West Hollywood, thanks to Jessica Rich)
Description: two digital billboards, arranged vertically
Address: 8410 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Project: The Forum digital marquee
Description: digital billboard / marquee outside
Address: 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305
Project: Banc of California Stadium (with LAFC)
Description: eight digital billboards around the stadium
Address: 3939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Project: NeueHouse, Hollywood
Description: mural on Sunset Blvd.
Address: 6121 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Project: The Standard, Downtown LA
Description: on the 6th Street Mural wall outside of the The Standard, Downtown LA
Address: 550 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Project: Union Station (Metro)
Description: 36 lightboxes with transparencies, featuring 12 questions in English and 12 questions in Spanish (on view beginning February 13, 2020)
Address: 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
– Frieze Week 2020 will center around a project by Barbara Kruger. Twenty questions composed by Kruger such as “IS THERE LIFE WITHOUT PAIN?” will be installed outside a number of prominent art spaces and landmarks around Los Angeles, as well as integrated into all of Frieze Week 2020’s print, online, and outdoor marketing materials.
– The introduction of Focus LA, a feature section providing a platform for emerging Los Angeles spaces that have been open 15 years or fewer, underlining Frieze’s commitment to the city’s vibrant cultural landscape. Curated by Rita Gonzalez (Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art, LACMA)
– The inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award – Presented in partnership with award-winning, non-profit film academy Ghetto Film School (GFS), the initiative offers a unique platform and development program for ten emerging, Los Angeles-based filmmakers aged 20-34 years old.
– Frieze Projects returns to Paramount Pictures Studios’ iconic backlot set with a series of immersive art installations, site-specific works, performances and videos, co-curated by Rita Gonzalez (LACMA) and Pilar Tompkins Rivas (Vincent Price Art Museum).
– Frieze Film will be curated by Venus Lau ( K11 Art Foundation) and focuses on themes of visibility and invisibility – and LA as the perfect meeting place for cultures.
– Galleries will present solo presentations by Alvaro Barrington, Sayre Gomez, Gladys Nilsson, Rob Pruitt, Avery Singer, James Turrell and many others
– The Artist Street Fair will provide a platform for local creative enterprises and artist initiatives across LA such as Artists for Democracy, A-Z West and Ooga Booga
Frieze revealed highlights of the much-anticipated second edition of Frieze Los Angeles. Building on the success of the inaugural year, Frieze Los Angeles 2020 features the world’s leading galleries alongside ambitious anchor programs of projects, talks, film screenings and institutional collaborations. Frieze Los Angeles is led by Victoria Siddall (Global Director, Frieze Fairs) and Bettina Korek (Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles) and takes place February 14 – 16 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. Launched in 2019, Frieze Los Angeles brings together more than 70 galleries from around the world and is supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank for the second consecutive year.
Bettina Korek says: ‘Last year the debut of Frieze Los Angeles riveted the city to art, and the art world to Los Angeles. This year we are again inviting Angelenos and visitors alike to enjoy a celebratory experience of art in LA – not only at the fair, but all around the city. We could not be more proud that the campaign for Frieze Week driving this activity is built around a public art project by the legendary Los Angeles artist Barbara Kruger. There is no other city like LA, which generates creativity for the entire world in so many modes.’
Victoria Siddall (Global Director, Frieze) adds: ‘We are excited to return to Paramount Pictures Studios in February for the second edition of Frieze LA. We will welcome major new galleries to the fair, from Brussels to Cape Town, Mexico City to New York, as well as a host of exceptional curators creating ground-breaking programming. The fair will be at the heart of Frieze Week, an exciting program of exhibitions and events that spans the whole city and celebrates LA’s extraordinary cultural scene.’
This year the fair features more than 70 leading galleries showing significant works by today’s most prominent emerging artists alongside major figures in contemporary art in a range of solo, dual, and thematic presentations.
Solo Presentations from Today’s Most Prominent and Exciting Artists:
- L.A. Louver will present LA artist Alison Saar, who uses sculpture and painting on found materials to give visibility to the work of women
- Pace Gallery and Kayne Griffin Corcoran will co-present an exhibition of work by iconic West Coast based artist James Turrell across both galleries’ booths, including an immersive LED ceiling installation, adjoining to a second booth of four works from Turrell’s Glass series
- Hauser & Wirth will show paintings by rising star Avery Singer
- Greene Naftali will bring work by pioneer of technology-based art, Cory Arcangel
- Massimo De Carlo will show a selection of ‘Suicide Paintings’ and heart-shaped canvases by Rob Pruitt
- Victoria Miro will present new paintings sculptures and works on paper by Idris Khan
- Sadie Coles HQ will show a solo presentation of new work by Venezuelan artist Alvaro Barrington
- Galerie Eva Presenhuber will show Ugo Rondinone, widely known for his large-scale works including Seven Magic Mountains installed outside Las Vegas
Further highlights include:
- A group presentation of Brazilian and Colombian artists exploring the sensuous, the tactile and intimate of sexual experience; including works by artist duo Dias & Riedweg, Edgard de Souza, Carlo Motta and Lia Chaia (Vermelho, Sao Paulo)
- A multimedia presentation of some of the most significant contemporary Korean artists, such as Quac Insik, Park Hyunki, Kim Tschang-Yeul, Shin Sung Hy, Chung Sang-Hwa and Minjung Kim (Gallery Hyundai, Seoul).
- A group show featuring Felipe Baeza coinciding with a solo exhibition opening at The Mistake Room, during Frieze Week LA (Maureen Paley, London)
- New works in painting and sculpture by five major female artists: Kim Gordon, Mary Heilmann, Alicja Kwade, Tala Madani, and Sue Williams (303 Gallery, New York)
- Paintings by Emily Sundblad, sculptures by Anna Uddenberg and historic works by Cosima von Bonin (Gaga, Mexico City)
- A group presentation featuring photographs by Shirin Neshat, coinciding with the artist’s current exhibition at The Broad (Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg)
New for 2020, Focus LA is a feature section providing a platform for Los Angeles’ most-celebrated galleries aged 15 years or younger, with solo and curated artist projects advised by Rita Gonzalez (Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art, LACMA).
Standout highlights include:
- New paintings by Calida Rawles that address topics such as colorism, intersectionality and marginalization of Black women (Various Small Fires, Los Angeles)
- A dual presentation of Aria Dean and Helen Johnson, exploring histories and ideologies – of the body, language, blackness and the American South – through conceptual painting and sculpture (Château Shatto, Los Angeles)
- Hyperreal paintings by Sayre Gomez, reimagining LA’s urban cityscape (François Ghebaly, Los Angeles)
- Gladys Nilsson’s paintings examining themes of sexuality and gender often depicting characters performing domestic rituals or engaging in acts of voyeurism (Parker Gallery, Los Angeles)
- A solo presentation by Jaime Muñoz reflecting on identity and memories, whilst investigating the connections between Pre-Columbian iconography and symbols from the contemporary Californian Latino experience (The Pit, Los Angeles)
- A new body of work by Gabriella Sanchez, also featuring in Frieze Projects, exploring the threshold state of being between cultures (Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles)
Curated Programming Beyond the Gallery Booths:
Artist Street Fair
Accompanying Frieze Projects and presented on Paramount Studio’s iconic backlot set, the Artist Street Fair will give a snapshot of the many types of local creative enterprises found around LA. Visitors to the Street Fair can learn about the missions and programs of different artist-driven organizations and accessible ways to support them. Participants include: GYOPO, Poetic Research Bureau, Ooga Booga, Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW), Artists for Democracy, Re:la, grantLOVE, Queen of Angels, Arts for LA, Acid-Free, Street and the Shop, Art Book, A-Z West, Pretend Plants & Flowersand Cactus Store, and ForYourArt, whose booth will present TELETHON ForYourArt, a live-streaming series of interviews with other Artist Street Fair participants, Angelenos, and visitors to Frieze L.A., hosted by Tierney Talks – the podcast of local writer and artist Tierney Finster.
Food & Drink
The famous Paramount backlot will also play host to a selection of pop-ups from some of LA’s most beloved restaurants including Cha Cha Matcha, Craig’s Vegan, KronnerBurger, My 2 Cents LA, Roberta’s, Sqirl, Tacos 1986 and Umi.
Frieze Film & Talks Programs
Curated by Venus Lau, the Frieze Film & Talks program will take place in the Paramount Theatre and focuses on themes of visibility and invisibility – and LA as the perfect meeting place for cultures.
Featured films include Katsuhiro Otomo’s Cyberpunk classic Akira (1988), Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour (2015), Cao Fei’s Haze and Fog and Asia One (2018), Jon Rafman’s works, Disasters under the Sun (2019) and Poor Magic (2017), item idem’s Cold Single (2019), Yang Fudong’s Backyard – Hey! Sun is rising (2001) and Yejiang/The Nightman Cometh, BCE (2019) by Sophia Al-Maria and Victoria Sin, Adrián Villar Rojas’ The Most Beautiful Moment of War (2017), Always I Trust (2014) by Cheng Ran and Tao Hui’s The Dusk of Tehran (2014).
In addition to the screenings, Frieze Film participating artists will talk about their work including Yang Fudong from 2.00pm – 3.00pm on Friday February 14 and item idem from 1:30pm – 2:30pm on Saturday 15, in the Paramount Theatre.
Frieze Special Events and Partnerships:
Matthew Barney’s Redoubt
In addition to the Frieze Film program, Frieze Los Angeles and Regen Projects will host a special screening of Redoubt, the new film by acclaimed artist and director Matthew Barney, with comments by the artist. The screening will take place on Saturday 15 February.
Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation with Calida Garcia Rawles
Frieze Los Angeles & LACMA present a conversation between author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates and painter Calida Garcia Rawles about his new novel The Water Dancer, moderated by LACMA curator of contemporary art Christine Y. Kim. Taking place at the Paramount Theater at Paramount Pictures Studios on February 14, tickets include a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book.
Conversations on Patronage
This year’s summit is held on February 14 and 15 in the Sherry Lansing Theatre at Paramount Pictures Studios, with panel discussions that bring together various patrons, civic leaders, gallerists, and arts administrators to discuss perspectives on art patronage. Each conversation is co-presented by a different philanthropic partner active in Los Angeles and will explore themes of collecting, institutional fundraising, and direct support to artist projects, with special consideration for the context of an art fair.
- Destination Crenshaw presents Katie McGrath in conversation with Marqueece Harris-Dawson
- Rhizome presents: Patrons and Platforms featuring Trevor McFedries, moderated by Aria Dean(Rhizome)
Deutsche Bank Frieze Film Award
Another highlight of the fair’s program is the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award, realised in partnership with the award-winning, non-profit film academy Ghetto Film School (GFS) which provides a platform to support the grassroots film community in Los Angeles. The entries will be judged by Doug Aitken, Shari Frilot, Jeremy Kagan, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Hamza Walker. The award ceremony will be held from 6-7pm in the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, February 13. To attend please email FilmAward@Frieze.com.
This year will also feature an expanded Frieze Week program of exhibitions and events across the city, including a public art commission by Barbara Kruger. Posing a series of questions such as ‘IS THERE LIFE WITHOUT PAIN?‘, Kruger’s project will be installed across Los Angeles.
Other Recommended Fairs
Felix Art Fair
The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Thursday, February 13, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., preview by invitation only; 6 p.m.–8 p.m., public preview; Friday, February 14, and Saturday, February 15, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, February 16, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Felix was co-founded by Dean Valentine and brothers Al Morán and Mills Morán. The fair’s mission is to create an intimate experience that prioritizes connoisseurship, collaboration, and community. A return to the hotel fair format, in the spirit of the storied Gramercy International Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont, Felix grants galleries an efficient exhibition opportunity while offering the city’s collector-base intimate access and maximum flexibility. The informal setting allows for more extended conversations among collectors, dealers, and artists alike. In 2019, the inaugural edition of the fair welcomed a diverse creative audience, bringing in over 12,000 guests to experience galleries from Europe, North America, China, South Africa and Australia.
Spring Break/Art Show
Skylight ROW DTLA, 757 S Alameda Street, Downtown Los Angeles
Friday, February 14, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., press preview and VIP afternoon first look, 4 p.m.–9 p.m., VIP opening night; Saturday, February 15, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, February 16, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized exhibition platform that initially started in New York using underused, atypical and historic exhibition spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market. SPRING/BREAK Art Show Los Angeles premiered during Frieze Week LA in February 2019, featuring 45+ projects of near-exclusively Los Angeles-based artists, curators, and artist-run spaces. SPRING/BREAK Art Show returns for its 2nd Exhibition under the 2020 theme, IN EXCESS.
StARTup Art Fair
The Kinney, 737 West Washington Boulevard, Venice Beach
Friday, February 14, 7 p.m.–10 p.m., opening night party; Saturday, February 15, 12 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, February 16, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
stARTup connects art buyers to exciting up-and-coming artists!
The three-day art fair brings over 80 artists together to transform The Kinney Venice Beach hotel into a unique and exciting contemporary art experience. Meet and buy artwork directly from the artists themselves in an approachable and relaxed environment where the art and artists come first.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Hollywood Athletic Club, 6525 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
Thursday, February 13, opening reception, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, February 14, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, February 15, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, February 16, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
After nine years in Santa Monica, Art Los Angeles Contemporary is relocating to Hollywood. ALAC 2020 will span the Athletic Club’s two floors, inhabiting both its vaulted ceiling ballroom and its athletic infrastructure, including a gymnasium and racquetball courts. The 11th edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary will present forty-five galleries in an open format floorplan.