David Franchi,  2nd November 2012

“a charitable foundation focused on supporting new art”

Nicholas Hlobo, Balindile, 2012 © ph. by Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze Art Fair London 2012has supported the Outset Frieze Fair for Tate Collection. The Frieze Foundation, instead, has presented a consistent programme of Talks, Artists’ commissions, Film and Music projects.

With Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover as Directors – also founders – Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was arranged with the Main Gallery, Focus and Frame sections, the newly inaugurated Frieze Masters and the Sculpture Park.

This is the tenth year of the unique partnership between Outset, Frieze and Tate. Based on the generosity of Outset Fund, a charitable foundation focused on supporting new art, the fund enables Tate to buy important works at the fair for the national collection.

Directed by Candida Gertler and Yana Peel, the Outset Contemporary Art Fund is a philanthropic organisation dedicated to helping new art by bringing private funding from their patrons, partners and trustees to public museums and art projects.

With a fund that has totalled over £1million over the duration of the partnership, 90 works by 60 significant international artists have been collected since 2003.

The Fund is organized and financed by Outset Contemporary Art Fund and supported by Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. The donors to Outset have a particular interest in enabling Tate’s acquisition of emerging and international art.

Each year Tate invites two international curators to work as part of the selection panel for the Fund. The 2012 Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund guest selectors were: guest selectors Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and Franklin Sirmans, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA. They were joined byTate curators Ann Gallagher, Head of Collections, British Art; Frances Morris, Head of Collections, International Art; Tanya Barson, Curator, International Art and Clarrie Wallis, Curator, Contemporary British Art.

The following works have been acquired as gifts to the Tate Collection thanks to The Outset /Frieze London Fund to benefit the Tate Collection:

  • Hideko Fukushima (1927-1997) Ko 8, 1963, Oil on canvas, 96.5 × 96.5 cm, from Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo;
  • Nicholas Hlobo (born 1975) Balindile I, 2012, Inner rubber tube, ribbons, canvas, hosepipe, steel, 160 × 50 cm (dimensions variable), from Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg;
  • Caragh Thuring (born 1972) Arthur Kennedy, 2012, Oil and graphite on linen, 121.9 × 182.9 cm, from Thomas Dane Gallery, London;
  • Jack Whitten (born 1939) Epsilon Group II, 1977, Oil on canvas, 161.3 × 161.3 cm, from Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp.

Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said: “In its tenth year, Frieze continues to be a fair in which we can all make discoveries of emerging and re-emerging artists. This year, the purchases range from rediscoveries such as Fukushima and Whitten, to an artist showing in the first gallery from Africa to be present at the Fair and a younger British painter. We are delighted to be celebrating the10th anniversary of the Fund and we are grateful to Outset for their continuing and very valuable support.”


David Franchi, 31st October 2012

“daily programme of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions”

John Waters in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, Frieze London Talks, 2012, ph. Polly Braden, courtesy Polly Braden / Frieze

Frieze Art Fair London 2012 has presented a consistent programme of Talks, that went alongside with Artists’ commissions, Film and Music projects, all supported by Frieze Foundation, together with Outset Frieze Fair for Tate Collection.

Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was arranged with the Main Gallery, Focus and Frame sections and the newly inaugurated Frieze Masters. Furthermore, as a part of Frieze Fair, the Sculpture Park was organised.

Brian O’Doherty, Tino Sehgal, Sturtevant, Lynne Tillman, Marina Warner and John Waters are all part of the line-up of international artists, filmmakers, curators and cultural commentators who has taken part in Frieze Talks 2012.

Frieze Talks is a daily programme of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions featuring leading art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists that take place in the auditorium at Frieze London. It is presented by Frieze Foundation and programmed by the editors of Frieze Magazine: Dan Fox, Jörg Heiser and Jennifer Higgie.

The diverse Frieze Talks 2012 programme included Sturtevant in conversation with John Waters on the subject of ‘stupidity’; Tino Sehgal talked about his relationship to conceptualism, choreography and the art object with Jörg Heiser; and Kasper König, co-founder of Sculpture Projects Munster and director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne since 2000, discussed with Jochen Volz, newly appointed as Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London and a contributing editor to Frieze, his five decades of curating.

Frieze Talks 2012 also included three panel discussions focusing on current debates in contemporary art and theory. Led by writers Isobel Harbison, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie and Brian Dillon, topics included: ‘Deeply Superficial’, an analysis of the aesthetic and economic phenomenon of the stock image as source material for art; ‘Being Difficult’, looking at how refusal can define responsibility within the context of the Middle East; and ‘Attention! Criticism and its Distractions’, which considered what kinds of concentration, are at work in art criticism today. Panel participants included: Lauren Cornell, Orit Gat, Hassan Khan, Vasıf Kortun, Oliver Laric, Alex Provan and Marina Warner, Martin Westwood and Akram Zaatari.

Keynote lectures were given by artist, critic and novelist Brian O’Doherty, who discussed the evolution of his ideas and the role of creativity and research in this work, and critic and novelist Lynne Tillman, who has spoken about the under-examined relationship between imagination and criticism.

Jennifer Higgie said of the programme: ‘We are thrilled to host the extraordinary artists, curators, writers and filmmakers taking part in Frieze

John Waters in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, Frieze London Talks, 2012, ph. Polly Braden, courtesy Polly Braden / Frieze

Talks this year. We look forward to welcoming you to the auditorium to take part in what promises to be a lively and fascinating four days of debate and discussion.’

Access to Frieze Talks 2012 was included in the Frieze London admission ticket.

Frieze Magazine is published eight times a year and is acclaimed for its insightful criticism, original articles and stylish design. Frieze is one of the world’s leading publications on contemporary art and culture and has been established for over 20 years.

Frieze Art Fair London was founded in 2003 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp.

Frieze Foundation is the organisation that produces the curated programmes in and around Frieze London: Artist Commissions, Education, Frieze Projects, Frieze Talks and Frieze Film. It is supported by the Emdash Foundation and the Arts Council England. Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003. Since its creation it has produced 97 new works from 132 artists.

From 11th to 14th October 2012, Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was in Regent’s Park.


David Franchi, 29th October 2012

“presented a curated programme”

Frieze Art Fair 2012 London, external image, Ph. Linda Nylind Courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze Art Fair London 2012 has presented a curated programme of Talks, Artists’ commissions, Film and Music projects, supported by Frieze Foundation, together with Outset Frieze Fair for Tate Collection. Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was organised on the main gallery section, Focus and Frame sections and the newly inaugurated Frieze Masters. Furthermore, as a part of Frieze Fair, the Sculpture Park was organised.

Frieze Music was established to develop the crossover between contemporary art and music. Frieze Music was originally created by Dan Fox, Senior Editor of Frieze Magazine, and Steve Mackey, producer and musician. Frieze Music’s varied programme has featured bands, avant-garde classical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and pop series, such as that co-ordinated by Franz Ferdinand in 2004. Frieze Musichas taken place during the week of the fair and attracted a wide audience.

Frieze Film is a programme of artist films screened to coincide with Frieze London. Curated by Sarah McCrory, this year’s commissions included five new films. The whole programme at Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was curated by Sarah McCrory, who did it also in 2011 and 2010.

The artists commissioned to make new work for Frieze Film are: Bertrand Dezoteux, Patricia Esquivias, Jimmy Merris, John Smith and Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim.

This year’s commissioned artists presented a range of film-based practice that deals with ideas including those of history and memory, be it personal or collective. The way narrative is conveyed and constructed around individuals, buildings or objects and place is a theme that runs through the programme via imagined journeys, fictitious events and romantic relationships.

Commenting on Frieze Film this year, Sarah McCrory said: “The five newly commissioned artists have varied practices and backgrounds, and are both emerging and established artists. There are some connections between the humour in John Smith and Jimmy Merris’ work, and an investigation into place takes two wildly different directions in the work of Patricia Esquivias and Bertrand Dezoteux. Wu Tsang is presenting a new film in collaboration with writer and historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim – a first time collaboration uniting their interests in otherness and the marginal.”

Frieze Film is commissioned and produced by Frieze Foundation. The tenth edition of Frieze London is sponsored for the ninth consecutive year by Deutsche Bank.

Bertrand Dezoteux

Bertrand Dezoteux’s film The History of France in 3D is a CGI animation project that presents a non-chronological history of France. The narrative structure of the film follows a journey on the French rail network in a train peopled with significant characters from French history, among them Roland Barthes, Jules Michelet and Juliette Foucault, the chief conductor of the train. Christopher Columbus and Saint Francis of Assisi will also get on board in Le Mans. Rather than being specifically about France, Dezoteux’s film suggests that France exists both as a tangible territory and as a virtual entity. Dezoteux describes The History of France in 3D as a journey ‘in a synthetic world that is “made of France”, just as a table is “made of wood”.’

Bertrand Dezoteux (b.1982) is a French artist based in Bayonne. Recent solo shows and projects include ‘Txerri’, le Carré, Bayonne (2012); ‘Le Corso’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010) and ‘Roubaix 3000’, Espace Croisé, Roubaix (2007). Group shows include: ‘Low Mountains’, Dar Bellarj Foundation, Marrakech (2012); ‘Dynasty’, Palais de Tokyo et Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2010) and ‘Reset’, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2010). Forthcoming shows will be at FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux (2012) and Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2012).

Patricia Esquivias

Patricia Esquivias presented a video that revolves around a specific apartment block in Madrid that dates from the late 1950s and has decorative tiles on its façade and balconies, featuring a different pattern for each apartment. In this new work, Esquivias will try to read the building like a book; to sit in privacy and work out what happened in this specific building. She imagines situations which she hopes actually took place, weaving them into the images of the building – but usually the reality that she finds does not match her fantasies.

Patricia Esquivias (b.1979) is a Venezuelan artist based in Madrid. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); ‘Todo lo que no es ración, es agio’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and ‘Reads like the Paper, 2005-2009’, Midway Center for Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (both 2009). Group exhibitions include: ‘Stories in Between’, Stiftelsen 314, Bergen; ‘LifeStories’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, (both 2011); ‘Les Faux Amis’, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2010); and ‘Younger than Jesus’, New Museum, New York (2009).

Jimmy Merris

Jimmy Merris will make a new video work by using a bamboo stick with a camera sellotaped to its end – an improvised steadicam. The work will be shot in and around his studio in south London and will be the first time the artist has filmed outside the studio for an extended period, but will still encompass his typical ad-hoc production methods; ‘the camera will then move back inside, perhaps through an open window, to record a series of domestic interiors, a new set of portraits, and joyful encounters with friends, neighbours, animals, and familiar objects which are just kicking around the yard here in South London’.

Jimmy Merris (b.1983) is a British artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Deep Joy on Home Soil’, Studio Voltaire, London (2012), ‘Economics 101’ (with Terry Dennett), SPACE, London and ‘Finding Your Feet In The Times Of The Worried Man’ Seventeen Gallery, London (both 2011).

John Smith

John Smith’s film, Three Things begins with three objects shown to him by his father shortly before he died. Two of these were well-used objects that had become so steeped in history that their original forms and functions were almost completely obscured. A third object seemed to be instantly recognisable, but it turned out to be something else entirely. Taking these ambiguous artefacts as its starting point, Three Things will create a dialogue between abstraction and literal meaning, exploring the contradictions of memory and history to hint at the perceived character of a dead father and his relationship with his son.

John Smith (b.1952) is a British artist based in London. Recent solo shows and projects include ‘Horizon’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012); ‘Bildstörung’, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2012); ‘Worst Case Scenario’, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen (2012) and ‘unusual Red cardigan, PEER, London (2011). Group shows include: ‘Image Counter Image’, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); ‘Locus Solus: Impressions of Raymond Roussel’, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011) and Serralves Museum, Porto (2012); ‘Descriptive Acts’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012) and ‘Has the Film Already Started’, Tate Britain, London (2011). Forthcoming shows include Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2012) and Espai, Barcelona (2012).

Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim

Wu Tsang & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim will present a short film that explores narratives of inclusion and otherness in a world in which relativity has liberated our sense of difference, de-centered the margins, and where, paradoxically, inequality and racism are more prevalent than ever. The film is set in a hybrid landscape made up of St Louis, Senegal and Los Angeles, USA and inspired by films including Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows and Rainer Fassbinder’s Ali: Angst Essen Seele Auf. The main characters include a Senegalese royal and a British working-class interloper. Their love, illicit in the eyes of the world, at first triumphs, then falters, the pressures of the outside world internalised, leaving us to question whether the equaliser of love and connection can win out against the constructions of difference and self. A Frieze Film & UKS Co-Production.

Wu Tsang (b.1982) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include ‘The Whitney Biennial 2012’, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; ‘The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial’, New Museum, New York (both 2012) and ‘Performa 11’, New York (2011). His recent feature film, Wildness, world premiered at MoMA’s ‘Documentary Fortnight’, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012). Tsang is a 2012 Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellow and has received support from the Good Works Foundation, Frameline, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the IFP Documentary Lab, Art Matters, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Nana Oforiatta-Ayim is a writer, filmmaker and cultural historian, currently based in Senegal. Her work has been presented in ‘The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial’ New Museum, New York (2012); the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin; Vela Gallery, London; The Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, and will be shown at the Kunstmuseene Bergen, Norway later this year.

From 11th until 14th October 2012 at Regent’s Park, London.


David Franchi, 25th October 2012

“has presented a curated programme”

Frieze Art Fair London 2012, external view, Ph. Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze London 2012 confirmed to be the leading international contemporary art fair. Frieze Art Fair London 2012 has presented a well thought-out agenda, supported by the Frieze Foundation, as usual.

Frieze Art Fair London 2012has presented a curated programme of talks, artists’ commissions, film and music projects, together with Outset Frieze Fair for Tate Collection. Frieze Art Fair London 2012 was on three sections: the main gallery section, Focus and Frame. In addition, this year the Frieze Masters was inaugurated. Furthermore, as a part of Frieze Fair, the Sculpture Park was organised.

Frieze Foundation is a strategic element of Frieze Art fair. Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003, the same year as the fair.

Frieze Foundation is responsible for the curated programme at Frieze Art Fair, comprising artist commissions, talks, films, music and education. Since 2003 Frieze Foundation has produced 97 new works from 132 artists.

The foundation oversees: Frieze Talks, a programme of panel discussions and lectures printed annually during the four days of the fair; Frieze Projects, a curated programme of site specific projects by artists in and around the fair. Last year the Foundation has introduced the Emdash Award which is annually presented to an international emerging artist. The Frieze Foundation also administers Frieze Music, Frieze Education and Frieze Film.

Frieze Foundation received funding from a number of sources including grant bodies such as the European Union’s Culture 2000 programme and Arts Council, England. Specific areas also receive sponsorship, for example Cartier sponsored Frieze Projects from 2005–2010 and the Emdash Foundation are now supporters.

Frieze Education is part of Frieze Foundation. At Frieze London, Frieze Education has previously worked with the Serpentine Gallery in 2003 and 2004 as well as Camden Art Centre in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The programme has been developed to introduce children and young people to contemporary art in an exciting and fun way.

Sarah McCrory has been the curator for Frieze Foundation since late 2009 and has been responsible for the Projects and Film at Frieze London for the past three years. In 2009 McCrory, with Curator Daniel Baumann was a Frame advisor and has previously worked in not-for-profit and commercial galleries. McCrory is known for her support and work with emerging, young and underrepresented artists.

Exhibitors this year were coming from 35 countries. Much visited, Frieze Art Fair has seen public with an interest in the art world, as well as the general public. Frieze London is a carefully selected presentation of 175 of the most forward thinking contemporary galleries and will present new work by over 1,000 of the world’s most innovative artists. This year the fair is once again housed in a bespoke temporary structure, in Regent’s Park, designed by architects Carmody Groarke.

Frieze Art Fair London was founded in 2003 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp.

From 11th to 14th October 2012, Frieze Art Fair 2012 London was at Regent’s Park, London.