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Frieze London Names Winners of Stand and Emerging Artist Prizes

As the sixteenth edition of Frieze London gets underway, the fair announced the recipients of its Stand and Emerging Artist Prizes. Sprüth Magers—the Berlin, London, and Los Angeles–based gallery—has won the Stand Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding presentation by a gallery in the Main or Social Work section. The gallery’s booth at the fair features works by Thomas Demand, Jenny Holzer, Marcel van Eeden, and Kaari Upson.

Wong Ping will receive the fair’s inaugural Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize. Launched this year, the award grants a promising artist the opportunity to stage their first solo show at a London institution. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wong, who is represented by Edouard Malingue, will realize a major exhibition at Camden Arts Centre within the next eighteen months. The artist is known for his work in animation and his exploration of the concept of control or limitation. He was selected from the thirty-three solo and curated gallery presentations that comprise the Focus section at the fair.

Commenting on Wong’s practice, Martin Clark, director of the Camden Arts Centre, said: “Ping’s work was a genuine discovery for the judges who were all drawn to its disarming complexity, dark humor, and sophisticated engagement with the contemporary condition.” He added: “A first solo exhibition at a major London gallery is a milestone in any artist’s career and I hope that this prize goes some way towards highlighting the need for institutions to continue to take risks and support young and emerging artists at a time when the pressure to play it safe and appeal to ever larger audiences has never been greater.”

In addition, the fair also revealed the first acquisitions made through the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze and the Frieze Tate Fund. The Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund purchased Kehinde Wiley’s first film installation, Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools), 2017, and two Zadie Xa works—a cloak, 91 Chyzanthemumz 4 Imsook, 2018, and a mask, Xixho, 2018, that relate to her performance practice. Both works will be donated to the Box, Plymouth, a new museum and art gallery opening in 2020.

Caroline Douglas, director of the Contemporary Art Society, said: “We have been privileged to work with the curators at Plymouth while they have been developing ambitious new directions for the museum. In choosing the works by these two international artists, which will form part of the reopening displays for the new institution, we feel certain that they will not only make a huge impact on audiences in Plymouth but hope that they will establish new territory for future collecting and exhibition making there.”

The 2018 Frieze Tate Fund, supported by Endeavor, has acquired works by Sonia Boyce, Giorgio Griffa, Claudette Johnson, and Johanna Unzueta, which will enter into Tate’s collection.

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