After its initial announcement last February and a long year of waiting, Frieze Los Angeles is finally upon us.
Frieze Los Angeles art fair, a multimedia presentation of 70 of the world’s most current and exciting galleries, runs from February 15-17 at Los Angeles’ Paramount Pictures Studios. California is the newest location for the fair, which began in London in 2003 with annual exhibitions in October. It has since spread to New York, which holds the fair in May, and now to L.A, the city known as the epicenter of the television and film industry, lending itself to both the local and international art scene.
Film and digital media are just part of what will be incorporated into the exhibitions at Frieze L.A.—it will also include sculptures, installations, prints and paintings, as well has artists’ lectures and panels. Ali Subotnick and Bettina Korek, both current or former residents of LA and bringing with them extensive experience within the LA arts scene, will serve as curator and executive director of the fair respectively. Kulapat Yantrasast is fair’s architect.
Artist Kathryn Andrews, another LA resident, is one of the artists featured at the fair. Her solo booth is both inspired by and in response to an unsolved murder in Los Angeles lore: the murder of Elizabeth Short, posthumously known as Black Dahlia. Murdered in 1947, the story of Short’s murder has become intertwined with the history of the local L.A. community. Andrews began researching the Black Dahlia murder when she moved to L.A. nearly 20 years ago, keeping up with the story as more evidence has surfaced in recent years, elucidating possible answers to Shorts’ murder.
Andrews’ keen interest in the case compelled her to compose her project for the inaugural Frieze Los Angeles fair. She says the work is concerned with “examining how the subject of violence, coupled with the feminine, can force new ways of considering the feminine.” Andrews uses the Dahlia flower as a symbol of femininity and because of its association with moniker the victim acquired.
Along with Andrews, the selected artists and galleries selected chosen based on their striking contemporary representations of cultural statements, thematic narratives and inspired initiatives.
The event is set to attract a diverse crowd of art aficionados and will boast what is clearly contemporary art: a child’s backpack filled with dirt (G.L.O.W. by the Commonwealth and Council). In addition to the galleries, there will also be pop-ups, publications and dining to create a multi-faceted experience.
If you’re on the west coast and looking for something to do over the weekend, tickets for the event can be purchased here.