Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2021
Frieze London and Frieze Masters return to The Regent’s Park in London, between 13 - 17 October 2021.
Bringing together major galleries from around the world, the fairs will also feature an anchor programme of talks and special projects addressing some of the most relevant conversations in art today.
Frieze Week will take place across London with an extensive schedule of museum, gallery and partner events. A dedicated edition of Frieze Viewing Room will also run in parallel with both fairs, complementing the in-person event with expanded online programming and connecting galleries and audiences across the globe.
World-leading galleries will participate in the return of Frieze London, offering the opportunity to discover up-and-coming talent as well as engage with the work of the most renowned artists working today. The 2021 edition includes Sadie Coles HQ, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Taka Ishii Gallery, Karma, Kukje Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, Mendes Wood DM, Maureen Paley, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Stevenson and David Zwirner.
Alongside the main section of the fair, Focus is devoted to galleries established in the last 12 years and provides a platform for today’s most exciting emerging artists, participants include Arcadia Missa, Emalin, Empty Gallery, Instituto de Visión, Hot Wheels Athens, Edouard Malingue Gallery, PM8 / Francisco Salas, Proyectos Ultravioleta and Temnikova & Kasela.
Frieze London will once again foreground discovery with a new section: Unworlding, curated by Cedric Fauq (Curator, Palais de Tokyo, and incoming Chief Curator, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux), featuring a selection of international artists whose practices are centred around the idea of the undoing of the world as we know it.
Unworlding will extend across the fair and include a major work by Nora Turato (Gregor Staiger), a video installation by Ndayé Kouagou (Nir Altman) and a monumental piece by Natacha Donzé (Parliament Gallery), amongst others.
This year’s fair also sees the addition of Editions, showcasing the world’s leading publishers of editioned works and multiples by today’s most renowned contemporary artists including Paula Rego (Cristea Roberts), Yinka Shonibare (Cristea Roberts), Georg Baselitz (Knust Kunz), Do Ho Suh (STPI), Julie Mehretu (Borch Editions), Frank Bowling (Paragon) and more.
Across the park, Frieze Masters will bring together six millennia of art – from rare antiquities, to Old Master paintings, to luminaries of the 20th century – creating an unmissable destination where visitors can discover or acquire a piece of art history.
The fair features major galleries including Acquavella Galleries, Colnaghi, Marian Goodman Gallery, Johnny Van Haeften, Lévy Gorvy, Kukje Gallery, Nahmad Contemporary, Perrotin, Thaddaeus Ropac, Shibunkaku and Skarstedt Gallery, alongside specialists in their field, such as ArtAncient, Gisèle Croës - Arts d'Extrême Orient s.a, Peter Finer, Sam Fogg and Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books.
Frieze Masters will also introduce a new section called Stand Out, curated by Luke Syson (Director of Fitzwilliam Museum), which brings together art objects from across the ages that are great works of design, of sculptural and conceptual brilliance. Stand Out looks beyond hierarchical distinctions between works of art in different media, and in doing so reconsiders art objets often termed ‘decorative’ or ‘functional,’ spotlighting great works of design, of sculptural and conceptual brilliance, using materials that are dazzling and demanding.
Participating galleries include Prahlad Bubbar, Alessandra Di Castro Antichità, Gisèle Croës - Arts d'Extrême Orient s.a., Sam Fogg, Oscar Graf, Stuart Lochhead Sculpture, Raccanello & Leprince and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art.
The celebrated Spotlight section also returns, dedicated to pioneers of avant-garde art from across the world, overseen by Laura Hoptman (Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York). Featuring solo presentations of work by overlooked figures and rarely seen practices by modern masters, Spotlight champions a diverse group of artists including: Feliciano Centurión (Cecilia Brunson Projects / Galeria Millan), Beauford Delaney (Michael Rosenfeld Gallery) and Alice Rahon (Gallery Wendi Norris).
This year’s LIVE programme is curated by Languid Hands, a London-based artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot, filmmaker, programmer and DJ, and Imani Robinson, interdisciplinary writer, editor and live artist. The duo have been curatorial fellows at Cubitt Artists since 2020, presenting ‘No Real Closure’, a platform for experimentation and development of Black artistic practice across exhibitions, moving image, text, performance and public programming. Their LIVE programme extends this method of inquiry with performances exploring liminal space, embodiment, transformation and grief. The line-up is set to include work by Rebecca Bellantoni, Ebun Sodipo and Ashley Holmes and will be hosted online on Frieze.com from 13 October.
Overseen by curator and cultural critic Jeppe Ugelvig, this year's Frieze London Talks will focus on artistic collaboration and economies of exchange. The programme taps into new and long-time relationships between artists and creatives to reflect on art within and across disciplines. Talks will take place both online and in-person at Frieze’s new space in London for pop-up exhibitions, No. 9 Cork Street, with highlights including Ruangrupa, the artist collective in charge of the documenta 15 next year, in conversation with Frieze founder Matthew Slotover, and artist Jes Fan in conversation with artist Rindon Johnson.