Kicking off on Friday, Feb. 15, the first-ever Frieze Los Angeles – the inaugural West Coast edition of the annual contemporary art fair – will showcase an abundance of works by CalArtians as it brings together more than 70 of the most significant L.A., U.S., and international galleries, alongside a curated slate of film, conversation and music at the historic Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood.
Running through Feb. 17, the event seeks to celebrate “Los Angeles’ position as a global arts center and destination,” and staking a place for it on the international art fair calendar.
The CalArtians featured in Freize Los Angeles include:
- The late Mike Kelley’s (Art MFA 78) Unisex Love Nest (1999) installation, shown for the first time since its debut 20 years ago;
- Allen Ruppersberg (Chouinard 67) in conjunction with his current Hammer Museum retrospective, Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018;
- Judy Chicago, former faculty and co-founder of CalArts’ Feminist Art Program, in a dual presentation with artist Carol Rama;
- A tribute to The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling titled, G.L.O.W. (Greeting Land Outflowing Wormholes) by Beatriz Cortez (Art MFA 15) and artist Rafa Esparza;
- A response to the works of John Baldessari (Chouinard 59) by New York artist Lawrence Weiner;
- A site-specific piece by alumna Trulee Hall (Art MFA 06) commissioned by curator Ali Subotnick as part of Frieze Projects
- CalArts School of Art faculty Cauleen Smith in a Frieze Talk with artist Sondra Perry on Saturday, Feb. 16;
- Lauren Halsey (Art BFA 12) alongside artists Luchita Hurtado and Korakit Arunanondchai in a chat with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and MOCA director Klaus Biesenbach at The Geffen Contemporary on Saturday, Feb. 16;
- Liz Larner (Art BFA 85) in a Frieze Talk with poet Ariana Reines on Sunday, Feb. 17;
- And lastly, MOCA’s Laura Owens – the first major monographic survey of the CalArts alumna’s (Art MFA 94) work – which coincides with the list of major Frieze Week exhibitions across Los Angeles.
Ahead of the festival, on Feb. 7, Halsey also sat down with professor and music critic Josh Kun and LAXART curator Hamza Walker to discuss the relationship of music to her work in a “Name That Tune”-style game show format.
Founded in 1991 with the launch of Frieze magazine, Frieze has since grown into a media and events company comprised of four international art fairs, three publications, the Frieze Academy program of courses and talks, and the arts and culture website frieze.com.
Frieze festivities will kick off with a preview on Feb. 15 before opening to the public on Feb. 16 and 17. Tickets and further information can be found at frieze.com.
Frieze Los Angeles
Feb. 14-17, 2019
Paramount Pictures Studios
5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood