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All You Need to Know About Frieze Los Angeles
Artstyle 31 Jan 2022

All You Need to Know About Frieze Los Angeles

Frieze Los Angeles 2019
Frieze Los Angeles, 2019, photo courtesy of wHY Architecture

At Artsper, we love to explore all of the latest art world current events. This includes analyzing the evolving international art fair landscape. Together, let’s take a tour of Frieze Los Angeles.

Frieze Los Angeles was first launched in 2019 by Christine Messineo, director of Frieze Los Angeles and Frieze New York, joining the international art world agenda of art fairs. Given its location, the art fair honors the city it calls home, paying special attention to its culture, influence, and overall position within the international, contemporary art landscape. 

After a very successful year in 2020, the art fair continues to grow. Expanding in terms of visitors welcomed, galleries represented, and themed events scattered throughout Los Angeles.

An exciting lineup

Frieze Los Angeles 2020
Park View/Paul Soto, Focus LA, 2020, Photo Courtesy of Casey Kelbaugh & Frieze

2022 was the first year that Frieze Los Angeles commissioned a custom-designed building to hold the event in Beverly Hills. Located in an exciting construction created by wHY Architecture’s Creative Director, Kulapat Yantrasast, and Landscape Director, Mark Thomann. The structure is meticulously placed in between two cultural landmarks of Los Angeles, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Hammer Museum.

The lineup continues to expand, featuring more than 100 local and international galleries. Apart from the fair itself, Frieze Los Angeles offers various events throughout the city, known as Frieze Week. The fair also highlights up-and-coming local galleries in a sub-section, Focus LA.

Emerging galleries at Focus LA

Focus LA 2022
Rodrigo Valenzuela, Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, Photo Courtesy of Frieze 

If you’re interested in discovering up-and-coming local galleries, then you should dive into Focus LA, a selection of emerging, local artists and galleries. Focus LA 2022 was curated by Amanda Hunt, the Director of Public Programs & Creative Practice at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. 

Focus LA highlights approximately 15 up-and-coming artistic spaces scattered throughout Los Angeles. These artistic havens support revolutionary artists and collaborative projects. The works displayed reflect an ethos tied to the cultural and historical significance of Los Angeles: the environment, labor, and cultural identity. Beyond the powerful central themes of their artworks, selected galleries highlight works made outside of the constraints of conventional mediums, focusing on experimental materials, performance, ceramics, and more.

Focus LA 2022
Iliodora Margellos, Long Quiet River, 2022, Courtesy of the artist, Dio Horia, and Baert Gallery. © Vasilios Michail

Frieze Sculpture Beverly Hills: an outdoor, public event

Frieze Sculpture New York
Jaume Plensa, Behind the Walls, Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center. Photo courtesy of Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Press © Getty Images

If you’re unable to purchase a ticket to the art fair but will be in Los Angeles, you can experience the Frieze Sculpture Beverly Hills, a public art display that will be open to all members of the public. 

Frieze Sculpture has been incorporated at other Frieze art fairs around the world. Having joined the Frieze Los Angeles lineup in 2022, Frieze Sculpture is a collection of fantastic sculptures featuring an array of diverse artists from various backgrounds and cultures. It is an outdoor event and fully accessible to all members of the public.

Just one click away

Focus LA 2020
Parker Gallery, Focus LA, Frieze Los Angeles 2020. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy of Casey Kelbaugh & Frieze

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, many art enthusiasts were unable to travel and experience countless events throughout the international art community. At Artsper, we believe that art should be accessible to everyone regardless of location or ability to travel.

Many galleries that participate in the art fair are also available on Artsper. Discover our Frieze Los Angeles exhibition from the comfort of your personal device, which displays a selection of artworks from galleries such as Perrotin, Galerie Lelong, Galerie Marian Goodman, Thaddaeus Ropac, and more!

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