Frieze London 2017. Photo: David Velasco

Fifteenth Edition of Frieze London Opens Thursday

The fifteenth edition of Frieze London, which is bringing together more than 160 galleries from thirty-one countries, will kick off on October 5 and run until October 8, with a preview day on Wednesday, October 4.

For this year’s iteration of the fair Ralph Rugoff of Hayward Gallery in London will curate Frieze Talks for the first time, for which he will explore artists’ response to an age of “alternative facts.” The program will feature numerous speakers and performers including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Nástio Mosquito. The 2017 fair will also feature a new themed gallery section devoted to the legacy of radical feminist artists, “Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics,” organized by independent curator Alison M. Gingeras. Featuring nine solo presentations of women artists, the section includes works by Betty Tompkins, Penny Slinger, and Marilyn Minter, among others.

Among the returning exhibitors who will join the main section of the fair for the first time are Clearing (New York), Fonti (Naples), Simon Preston (New York), and Société (Berlin). The Focus section also welcomes several newcomers including Gypsum (Cairo), Revolver Galería (Lima), blank projects (Cape Town), Cooper Cole (Toronto), Emalin (London), Institutio de Visión (Bogotá), Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) and Union Pacific (London).

Highlights of the fair include Alicja Kwade’s new installation with kamel mennour (Paris), a new video installation by Hannah Black at Arcadia Missa (London), Victoria Miro’s stand dedicated to nocturnal glamour, intrigue, and magic with works by Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, and Idris Khan, among others; Marian Goodman Gallery’s curated presentation of works exploring man’s relationship with the environment, featuring a marble and bronze tree sculpture by Giuseppe Penone, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s series of “Seascape” photographs, and a large-scale water installation Interface Surface by Cristina Iglesias.