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Frieze London & Frieze Masters Goes Virtual & In-Person This Year

Frieze London & Frieze Masters Goes Virtual & In-Person This Year

Frieze London and Frieze Masters taking place October 9 – 16, with preview days on October 7 and 8 will offer art fiends, gallerists, curators, collectors and those alike the opportunity to enjoy a robust online viewing rooms and participate in some in-person off line events, a sign of the times for many of this year’s art shows that have had to shuffle plans/cancel due to the global Covid-19, coronavirus pandemic and its international travel restrictions and limits on the amount of people that can be present in an indoor or outdoor space or at large events.

This year will feature some of the leading contemporary and modern Galleries including Chicago’s Kavi Gupta and Richard Gray gallery. A strong representation of prominent London galleries such as Sadie Coles HQ, Pilar Corrias Gallery, Thomas Dane, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Alison Jacques Gallery, Victoria Miro, Maureen Paley, Richard Saltoun Gallery and White Cube, will join other global galleries like Gagosian, Marian Goodman Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Pace Gallery, Skarstedt, Sprüth Magers, Van de Weghe and David Zwirner, and leaders in their field such as 303 Gallery, A Gentil Carioca, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Jhaveri Contemporary, Karma, kurimanzutto, Galerie Lelong, Mendes Wood DM, Almine Rech and Sikkema Jenkins & Co to name a few. Frieze Viewing Room will welcome returning Frieze Masters participants Acquavella Galleries, ArtAncient, Galleria Continua, Gisèle Croës s.a., Massimo De Carlo, Dickinson, Sam Fogg, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books, Johnny Van Haeften, Luxembourg + Co., Barbara Mathes Gallery, Nahmad Contemporary, Raccanello & Leprince, Galerie G. Sarti and Waddington Custot, amongst others.

Kathleen Ryan, Bad Peach (Cheeky), 2020, Josh Liley gallery

Frieze London and Frieze Masters was initially scheduled for earlier this year but due to the unwavering global pandemic in certain parts of the world, they decided to move the show online rather than altogether cancel. The mobile and web-based Frieze Viewing Room platform will showcase curated gallery sections and benefit from new developments including a live chat feature, social media integrated sharing functionality and the option of six virtual spaces designed by Annabelle Selldorf; in terms of in person there will be a few program of events and exhibitions in Regent’s Park and throughout London at participating galleries and spaces also taking place during this time.

One of the many cool things coming out of Frieze Week 2020 is the launch of the inaugural Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship which aims to support UK-based Black and People of Colour (POC) emerging curators and help address racial disparities in the UK visual arts sector, in partnership with British artist Idris Khan and London’s Chisenhale Gallery.


As part of the hybrid presentation, Richard Gray Gallery will show a selection of works by Chicago native and School of the Art Institute Chicago alum Rashid Johnson titled Seeing in the Dark in both the online viewing room. Seeing in the Dark, which launched Johnson’s career bringing him widespread international attention from curators and collectors, is a pivotal series of unique photographs by Rashid Johnson who renders portraits of the homeless people he came to know as a young artist working out of his studio in downtown Chicago. The artist’s subjects are not merely photographed but rather seen, treated, and depicted with dignity, their names serving as titles for each individual work.


Rashid Johnson, Eugene (Seeing in the Dark series), 1999, Van Dyke Brown print, Richard Gray gallery


Rashid Johnson, Jonathan (Seeing in the Dark Series), 1999, Gelatin silver print, Richard Gray gallery


London’s White Cube will present works specially conceived for Frieze London 2020 by Theaster Gates, titled ‘Sweet Square of Dark Abyss’, brings together a new body of work that has evolved out of the many collections in his care, online and in its gallery.


Theaster Gates Creature, Come Hither, 2020 Bound books, aluminium shelf White Cube Gallery

Theaster Gates, Lady On Senufo Stool, 2020 Wood-fired brick and clay oxide, White Cube Gallery


Hauser & Wirth will also showcase new work by Mark Bradford, Q7, plus an already planned exhibition of the SAIC alum Rashid Johnson at its Mayfair London space.

Mark Bradford Q7, 2020, Mixed media on canvas, Hauser & Wirth


Rashid Johnson, Anxious Red Painting July 8th 2020, Oil on linen, Hauser & Wirth gallery


Frieze London and Frieze Masters will run from October 9 – 16 to the public and you can Register to access the Online Viewing Room by clicking here.

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