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Shaun Oliver, Cape Town, 2011, courtesy of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.
Photograph by Graham Carlow. Courtesy of Graham Carlow/Frieze.
Bisa Butler, I Am Not Your Negro (2019), tapestry. Courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery NYC.
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Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 London Fairs

By Whitewaller

September 30, 2019

Here’s everything you need to know about the fairs opening this week in London.

Frieze London
Galleries: 160
VIP Preview: Wednesday, October 2, 11am
October 3–6, 2019
The 17th edition of Frieze London brings together more than 160 galleries from 36 countries. With new sections and curated programming, the fair at The Regent’s Park is the most international to date.

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Shaun Oliver, Cape Town, 2011, courtesy of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Director Victoria Siddall oversees a globally focused program. Cosmin Costinas of Para Site curates a new themed section, “Woven,” featuring eight solo presentations with artists including Chitra Ganesh, Angela Su, and Pacita Abad. Diana Campbell Betancourt of Samdani Art Foundation and the Dhaka Art Summit is behind LIVE and the Frieze Art Award. Whitechapel’s Lydia Yee and Frieze Studio’s Matthew McLean have co-programmed Frieze Talks.

The fair’s Focus section, highlighting emerging galleries, will feature new participants like Company, Tiwani Contemporary, and Wilding Cran Gallery. Among the returning galleries are Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Gagosian, Greene Naftali, Xavier Hufkens, Pace Gallery, White Cube, David Zwirner, and others. New additions to the main section include Sikkema Jenkins, Alexander Gray Associates, Gió Marconi, Gallery Baton, Galeria Nara Roesler, and Chi-Wen.

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Photograph by Graham Carlow. Courtesy of Graham Carlow/Frieze.

Frieze Masters
Galleries: 134
VIP Preview: Wednesday, October 2, 11am
October 3–6, 2019
The eighth edition of Frieze Masters returns to The Regent’s Park, offering new perspectives between historical and contemporary art. Within the Annabelle Selldorf–designed structure, director Victoria Siddall and Frieze Masters artistic director Nathan Clements-Gillespie have put together an unparalleled program.

Returning galleries include Dickinson, Hauser & Wirth, Marlborough, Massimo De Carlo, and Skarstedt. New for 2019 are Galerie Perrotin, Lisson Gallery, Mai 36 Galerie, and more. Presentations from Sycomore Ancient Art, Ariadne Galleries, and Galerie Chenel round out an expertise on ancient art, alongside Early Modern and Old Masters specialists like Sam Fogg, Stair Sainty Gallery, Agnews, and Trinity Fine Art.

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Bisa Butler, I Am Not Your Negro (2019), tapestry. Courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery NYC.

A major highlight this year is Spotlight, curated by the Drawing Center’s Laura Hoptman, showcasing artists like Gordon Parks, Howardena Pindell, Maruja Mallo, Bruno Munari, and more. Sir Norman Rosenthal co-curates Collections with Amin Jaffer, connecting eastern and western art and objects. Don’t miss solo booths by Rachel Whiteread from Luhring Augustine and Nam June Paik from Gallery Hyundai.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Galleries: 45
October 3–6, 2019
PREVIEW: Wednesday, October 2, 6 PM
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, open to the public October 3–6 at Somerset House, brings together 45 galleries from 19 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America.

The international fair celebrates its seventh London edition, welcoming first-timers at its London edition like Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Guns & Rain, The Hole, Nil Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery, and more. Returning galleries include Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, James Cohan, October Gallery, SMAC, Vigo Gallery, WHATIFTHEWORLD, and Yossi Milo Gallery. Work by over 140 artists will be presented, including nine solo exhibitions, like Louisa Marajo from espace d’art contemporain 14°N 61°W, Alexandria Smith from Galleria Anna Marra, Godfried Donkor from Gallery 1957, and Anton Kannemeyer from HUBERTY & BREYNE GALLERY.

The fair will also feature Mary Sibande’s first solo show in the U.K., “I Came Apart at the Seams,” with photographic and sculptural work. Kerryn Greenberg, head of international collection exhibitions at Tate, curates the 1-54 FORUM program of talks, screenings, and events, for the first time.

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