Experience live bodycasting and painting, augmented reality sculpture and a Western-style whiskey bar at Frieze London 2019.
Presentations at Frieze London 2019 invite visitors to interact and participate with the artists and artworks.
From Kembra Pfahler’s painting live with her body at Emalin (London) to Tang Dixin inviting visitors to relax by having their limbs casted, for his latest iteration of Rest is the Best Way of Revolution at Aike (Shanghai) the Focus section of Frieze London presents dynamic and interactive presentations, including a hotel room frozen in time designed by Urara Tsuchiya at Union Pacific (London).
For anyone wishing to buy a random object or artwork for £1000, Tokyo-based gallery Taro Nasu will feature Ryan Gander’s Time Well Spent, a black vending machine vending mysterious items. Offering bourbon tastings from 2-4 October, David Nolan Gallery’s (New York) stand will feature a bar designed and hand-painted by Jonathan Meese. This immersive installation is inspired by the mythology of a 19th century Western saloon with many of the artist's signature references and obsessions.
Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, LIVE also returns this year at Frieze London with daily performances and time-based works around the fair. Highlights from LIVE include a tea party by Yasmin Jahan Nupur. She has harvested the tea at home and through the act of sharing, brings participants together to think more closely about the origins of this everyday commodity. Frieze also invites visitors to discover its first augmented reality work, part of Frieze Sculpture Park 2019 . Fair-goers can discover the geo-located works by South Korean artist Koo Jeong A by scanning the signoposted areas using the Acute Art app.
From a Rare Masterpiece by Botticelli to Iconic Picasso Ceramics
This October Frieze Masters will present a remarkable showcase of extraordinary objects and exceptional presentations.
Frieze Masters will offer the opportunity to see and buy unique works from the Ancient era through to the Renaissance and Modern masters. Unmissable pieces include a rare masterpiece by Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of Michele Marullo (Trinity Fine Art, London), ancient Chinese bronzes (Gisèle Croës Gallery, Brussels) and a previously unknow Helmet Head by Henry Moore (Osborne Samuels Gallery, London).
Highlights at Frieze Masters also include Albrecht Dürer’s pioneering artist’s manuals from the 16th century (Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books, Basel), iconic ceramics by Pablo Picasso in conversation with Roman antiquities (Galerie Chenel, Paris), as well as a unique selection of portraits by South Asian painters depicting Europeans and their customs, presented by Alexis Renard in the curated section Collections.
Art From Across the Asian Continent at Frieze Masters 2019
Themed presentations and historic artwork from Asia are stronger than ever at this year's fair.
While Frieze London celebrates its most international edition to date this year, Frieze Masters sees an unprecedented representation of Asian artists and exhibitors at its seventh edition.
In the main section of Frieze Masters, 10 Chancery Lane & Boers-li (D8) brings a curated presentation marking 40 years since the founding of China’s Stars group, a short-lived avant-garde group of self-taught artists operating in Beijing between 1979 and 1983.
Gallery Hyundai (B14) showcases a multimedia display of Nam June Paik, ahead of his major retrospective show at Tate Modern, opening later this October.
Kyoto-based gallery Shibunkaku (A9), brings works by two leading members of Bokujinkai group, Inoue Yūichi and Morita Shiryū, who were at the forefront of Japanese calligraphers to radically re-envision their art as part of the international avant-garde.
Tina Kim Gallery (C12) presents a presentation focused on the works by Seung-Won Suh, a leading figure of Korean Modernism and Kim Tschang Yeul, founding member of the Korean Art Informel movement, alongside predominant Dansaekhwa artists.
The focus on Asian art also takes over this year’s Collections with the arrival Asian Art expert Amin Jaffer, who co-curated this section alongside Sir Norman Rosenthal. From paintings of Europeans and their lifestyle by Indian painters at Alexis Renard (C8), to Japanese art and calligraphy in the context of Buddhism and Zen philosophy at Gregg Baker Asian Art (C9), the diverse presentations featured in Collections 2019 aim to bridge eastern and western cultures and histories through art.