Frieze LA – and art lovers were in for a big surprise. Big names in the entertainment and art worlds came together to mingle and explore the ever-expanding art scene of Los Angeles. More than 70 invited galleries took part in the first-ever Frieze Los Angeles – including a special selection of emerging galleries from the city – presenting a global cross-section of some of today’s most significant and exciting artists and thus creating an exceptional opportunity for collecting and discovering.
The curated program celebrated the unique creative spirit of Los Angeles. Artist projects, talks, films, restaurants, and experiments in patronage and activism transformed the movie set backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios into a symbolic cityscape where art is at the center of civic life.
Frieze Los Angeles joins Frieze New York, Frieze London and Frieze Masters at the forefront of the international art fair calendar, celebrating Los Angeles’ position as a global arts center and destination. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supported the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.
The curated programs and gallery presentations featured figures at the vanguard of contemporary art and cultural conversation with a strong L.A. presence, including artists Doug Aitken, Judy Chicago, Beatriz Cortez, Karon Davis, Tracey Emin, Gajin Fujita, Theaster Gates, Mona Hatoum, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Tala Madani, Paul McCarthy, Sondra Perry, Allen Ruppersberg, Tino Sehgal, Lee Ufan, and Lawrence Weiner; museum leaders and patrons Kristy Edmunds, Michael Govan, Maja Hoffman, Susan Nimoy and Hans Ulrich Obrist among many others; and non-profit organizations such as Women’s Center for Creative Work and Artists 4 Democracy which were
represented on site, offering insights into activism and civic engagement.
Leading galleries from across the US and around the world also took part in the fair, including 49 galleries which have not exhibited in L.A. within the last five years and many which have participated in Frieze Art Fair since its inception in 2003. The participation of these exhibitors offers Los Angeles a key opportunity to engage with a global art audience, brought together in a unique, shared setting in the one and only Hollywood.