Frieze London 2018 – The Highlights
The 16th edition of Frieze London takes place from 5–7 October, with two Preview Days on
Wednesday 3 October and Thursday 4 October.
A new themed section, Social Work, will be selected by a panel of leading women art
historians and critics.
Frieze London 2018 will showcase the best of international contemporary
art, with a discerning selection of around 160 galleries presenting their most forward-thinking artists
and imaginative presentations. Opening for the first time with a two-day Preview, Frieze London
coincides with Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters in The Regent’s Park, together forming the most
significant week in London’s cultural calendar.
New collaborations with international curators, institutions and galleries will respond to
contemporary issues – from the lack of visibility of women in the marketplace to hidden systems of
communication and control – and create an exceptional environment for creativity and discovery.
New Themed Section
Following the success of Sex Work: Radical Art & Feminist Politics at Frieze London 2017, which
focussed on artists from the 1960s and ‘70s, the fair this year will feature Social Work, celebrating
artists who challenged the male-dominated art market of the 1980s. A panel of 11 women art
historians and critics from UK institutions, including Iwona Blazwick, Katrina Brown, Louisa
Buck, Amira Gad, Jennifer Higgie, Melanie Keen, Polly Staple, Sally Tallant, Fatos Üstek and
Lydia Yee, will select a group of artists who challenged the status quo, embracing an activist
approach in their art making and confronting social and cultural norms. The section will include
both well-known and overlooked female artists, who address questions of identity, labour and
visibility in their work. The participating artists and galleries will be announced in the coming
Diana Campbell Betancourt joins the fair to oversee Frieze Projects — programming beyond the
gallery booths, including Frieze Live installations and performances, and new Frieze Artist Award
and Frieze Film commissions. Artistic Director of Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation and Chief
Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, Campbell Betancourt also managed the Bellas Artes Projects
programme in the Philippines, overseeing critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Bruce Conner’s
rst major solo exhibition in Asia.
In addition, Andrew Bonacina (Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield) and Laura McLean-
Ferris (Curator, Swiss Institute, New York) will advise ambitious shows by emerging galleries from
across the world in Focus. And Matthew McLean (Senior Editor, Frieze Studios) and Lydia Yee
(Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London) will co-programme Frieze Talks.
Supporting UK Institutions
Continuing Frieze’s enduring relationship with collecting institutions across
the UK, Frieze London again partners with two acquisition funds for national and regional public
collections. The Frieze Tate Fund, supported by Endeavor, returns for its 16th year; alongside the
third edition of the Contemporary Art Society’s Collections Fund at Frieze, this year supporting
The Box (Plymouth). Allied Editions also returns to the fair, launching exclusive artist editions at
the fair to raise funds for non-pro t galleries across London and guest regional partner, The
The World’s Most Significant Galleries
Frieze London welcomes the return of world-class galleries including international galleries who have
participated since the fair’s inception, such as Galerie Gisela Capitain, Gagosian, Greene Naftali,
Hauser & Wirth, Lisson Gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salon 94, Sprüth Magers, White
Cube and David Zwirner, among others; alongside also returning Gavin Brown’s enterprise,
Marian Goodman Gallery, kurimanzutto, Matthew Marks Gallery, kamel mennour, Pace
Gallery, Esther Schipper, Galeria Luisa Strina and The Box; and major newcomers including,
among others, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Lelong & Co. and Galleri Nicolai Wallner.
Victoria Siddall (Director, Frieze) said: ‘Following major museum sales and record collector
attendance last year, I am really looking forward to the 16th edition of Frieze London. A fair is made
by its galleries and the list this year is stronger than ever – from galleries who have been with the fair
since its launch in 2003, to today’s most exciting new programmes in London and across the world.
I’m also thrilled to welcome great international curators across our sections and talks who will ensure
an exceptional quality of programming at the fair and will explore its wider cultural significance for
today’s audiences. The fair continues to be a key destination for collecting institutions and our
collaborations with Tate and the Contemporary Art Society enable the entry of works by today’s
most forward-thinking artists into national and regional public collections.’
Click here for tickets to Frieze London