What’s On At & During Frieze Los Angeles

Now in its fifth edition, Frieze Los Angeles takes over the Santa Monica Airport’s airfield from February 29-March 3. The fair will feature over 95 galleries from around the world, as well as an exciting program of installations, collaborations and pop-ups from local favorites. With so much on, we asked art industry insiders what not to miss this year, from exhibitions to cocktail parties and more. 

Jennifer Benz Joy, President & Managing Director, SUTTON 

LA has become a mecca for contemporary art galleries in recent years and some of the year's best shows are on view during Frieze LA. We are thrilled to be supporting Perrotin as they open their first gallery in the city, in a landmark 1920s building that has been redesigned by Johnston Marklee. The inaugural show features paintings, sculptures and an installation by the Japanese artist Izumi Kato, who is having his first solo show on the West coast. His figures hover somewhere between the spiritual and mythical, the ancient and modern. 

 Izumi Kato, Untitled, 2023, oil on canvas. Photo by Kei Okano. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin. © 2023 Izumi Kato.

I also highly recommend seeing Ana González's first solo show VERDES at Sean Kelly. Her exquisitely crafted textiles and Limoges sculptures depicting the destruction of the Colombian rainforest are both beautiful and moving, reminding us just how fragile the natural world is in our hands. Not far away are two outstanding shows by Sam Gilliam at David Kordansky and Marina Perez Simão at Pace - both masters of color. I'm also looking forward to visiting OMR's first pop up gallery outside of Mexico City. They are presenting a group show called Human Nature, featuring Doug Aitken, Pia Camil, Alicja Kwade and Eduardo Sarabia, among others.

Installation view of Ana González: VERDES at Sean Kelly, Los Angeles. January 20 – March 9, 2024. Photography: Brica Wilcox, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York/Los Angeles

Danielle Bias, Chief Communications Officer, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Frieze Week 2024 in Los Angeles unfolds as an impressive collection of exhibitions and performances echo across the city. I’m particularly drawn to these three standout experiences, each offering a distinct lens through which to view the complex tapestry of Los Angeles’ art scene. From the deeply personal to the boldly innovative, they promise to offer unforgettable experiences that resonate long after the week is over.

1. Commonwealth & Council “Borrowed Recipes” on view through March 2nd, 2024

I’m captivated by “Borrowed Recipes,” a compelling exhibition at Commonwealth & Council that intertwines the works of Anna Sew Hoy, Carmen Argote, David Alekhuogie, Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, Jesse Chun, and Patricia Fernández. This exhibition is a celebration of inherited knowledge, the spiritual legacies that shape our identities, and the nuanced recipes that influence our perceptions and interactions with the world around us. 

Photo by Paul Salveson, Installation view of “Borrowed Recipes” at Commonwealth & Council

 2. Catherine Opie “harmony is fraught” at Regen Projects on view through March 3, 2024

Catherine Opie offers an intimate glimpse into the artist’s life and the city of Los Angeles itself. Featuring over sixty photographs that span three decades, this exhibition narrates a deeply personal and evolving story of Los Angeles. Opie’s work is a profound reflection on the intertwining of personal experiences with the broader societal and cultural landscape. Her ability to capture the essence of Los Angeles through such a personal lens is truly remarkable and not to be missed!

 3. Sudan Archives Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 7:30 PM at the Hammer Museum

Frieze Music & Hammer Museum’s celebrate the fair’s opening with a presentation of Sudan Archives, a groundbreaking L.A.-based musician known whose unique sound defies genre constraints and celebrates the rich and diverse musical heritage of Los Angeles. 

Liz Beaman, Sotheby’s Head of Southern California

Sotheby’s Los Angeles is thrilled to present the private selling exhibition Damien Hirst; Forever & Always,’ showcasing a broad range of works by Britain’s most recognizable artist. The show opens on February 29th (and runs through March 29th) to coincide with ‘Frieze Week,’ when the art world converges to celebrate contemporary art and the exceptionally dynamic culture that has made Los Angeles an international hub for the arts. The works included in the exhibition reflect a profound contemplation of life, death, and the human condition.  Hirst’s works create a palpable tension between beauty and mortality, chaos and order that command the viewer. 

Damien Hirst Loyalty, from The Virtues

Sara Fitzmaurice, Founder & CEO, FITZ & CO

It’s always so exciting to have the art world come to my adopted hometown, and to celebrate all the cultural offerings we have here on the West Coast. The week began with Keith Rivers, Vajra Kingsley, and Director Jessica Berlanga Taylor hosting a fabulous brunch at Rivers’ private, art-filled residence to celebrate the University of California at San Diego’s Stuart Collection, of which he is on the Advisory Board.

As someone who is passionate about building bridges between the worlds of traditional and digital art, it was a pleasure to be included at the TRLabs luncheon, hosted by East West Bank and featuring a conversation with Michael Govan, CEO and Director of LACMA, Audrey Ou, CEO and Co-Founder of TRLab, and Yayoi Shionoiri of The Chris Burden Estate. They dove into Beyond Limits: The Unrealized Artworks of Chris Burden, a digi-verse interpretation of the artist’s unrealized projects. 

Mary Ta hosts OMR at Casa Pentra to present Human Nature, a show curated by Esthella Provas that dives into questions relating to the human existence and our ever-evolving relationship with nature. The show opened this week and runs through March 23rd.

BMW’s Lounge at Frieze LA features "NOSTOKANA": BMW's i5 transformed into a dynamic canvas, inspired by 88-year-old South African artist Esther Mahlangu's art using BMW's color-changing E Ink technology. "NOSTOKANA" embodies innovation and artistry while paying homage to Esther Mahlangu's BMW Art Car #12 from 1991. Also not to be missed is BMW’s long-term partnership with Frieze in presenting Frieze Music. This year's event will take place at the Hammer Museum featuring Sudan Archives on Thursday, February 29th.

Lastly, don’t miss Michael Kohn Gallery’s William Brickel exhibition Was It Ever Fair before it closes on March 2nd.The gallery is also hosting a private studio visit with Lita Albuquerque, whose show opens at the gallery on August 17th. You’ll have to come back to LA to see it!

Michael Kohn Gallery’s William Brickel Exhibition, Was It Ever Fair

Elizabeth Morrocco, Deputy Director of Corporate Growth, The Cultivist

Guests are invited to join us for breakfast and an insightful conversation with Nancy Baker Cahill at The Peninsula Beverly Hills' Belvedere Terrace ahead of Frieze LA's VIP opening on February 29. Baker Cahill, a new media artist exploring power, selfhood, and embodied consciousness through shared immersive spaces, will unveil a site-specific commission at the hotel to coincide with the fair.

Nancy Baker Cahill is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist whose hybrid practice focuses on systemic power, consciousness, and the human body. She creates research-based immersive experiences, video installations, and conceptual blockchain projects rooted in the history of drawing. Her monumental augmented reality (AR) artworks extend and subvert the lineage of land art, often highlighting ecological imagination, civics, and a desire for more equitable futures. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of 4th Wall, a free, AR public art platform exploring site interventions, resistance, and inclusive creative expression.

Pernille Kjeldsen, Founder, PK PR & Branding

I'm excited to check out the Italian artist and architect, Vincenzo De Cotiis, and his first solo exhibition in LA at Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Crossing Over will open on February 28th from 6-8pm. Vincenzo is considered one of the pioneers of international contemporary collectible design, and this body of work is a continuation of the artist's investigation into urban environment imagery. 

Vincenzo De Cotiis

I'd also suggest booking an appointment at gallery Maison Lune, who just opened the group show A Time Was Had: Is An Awakening, curated by Mashonda Tifrere and Art Genesis. The gallery in itself is beautiful, and the curation of the show goes hand in hand with the current interior at the gallery. Some of the exhibiting artists are Moral Turgeman, KidSuper Studios and Elizabeth Waggett. 

Art Axcess, a gallery focused on bringing Ukrainian art to a global audience, is showing a group exhibition, Shadows of Us, at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. It's a super powerful exhibition with emerging female Ukrainian artists, who explore both individual and shared experiences, offering insights into the country's path of enduring hardship and resilience. 

At Frieze LA I would check out Sow & Taylor, one of my favorite LA galleries. They're presenting the LA-based artist Javier Ramirez in the Presents section. 

Team BerlinRosen

Make Room Los Angeles is doing two exciting projects: at the fair, they're showing a solo large-scale sculptural installation by Yeni Mao, who's making a series of works that will be half-buried under debris. The works spring from research he's done into a group of tunnels on the Mexico/US border town of Mexicali that were inhabited in the early 20th century by Chinese migrants seeking refuge after facing persecution in the U.S. as well as in Mexico. In both countries, there were documented anti-Chinese activities and pogroms that terrorized Asian migrant workers. It'll be a very impressive stand and it's quite a rare thing to see dealers do solo booths, especially with sculpture, because they're financially risky.

The gallery is also launching an entirely new project space within the gallery’s footprint called Room where they're showing works by a range of interdisciplinary artists and designers not formally associated with the gallery’s program, including multimedia artist Terence Koh and photographer Jack Bool.

Anat Ebgi Gallery is presenting a booth dedicated to three artists (Jordan Nassar, Meeson Pae, and Gloria Klein) as a way to contextualize the latter artist's work. Klein, who was born in 1936 and died in 2021, was part of the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s and created deeply intricate paintings and drawings that mimicked stitching patterns, with hundreds of small marks coming together to create a whole, geometric form. Her mission (similar to that of Nassar and Pae today) was to infuse social and political meaning into "geometric" art, so that it speaks to larger debates instead of looking insularly at art as its subject. Klein's work has mostly been excluded from prevailing narratives because she was a woman and a lesbian. Anat is working to revive interest in her career (which is similar to work Anat's doing for Faith Wilding, another under-known but very prolific artist of the same generation). Basically, the idea is to use contemporary art to point back to major but under-recognized precedents. Additionally, Anat Ebgi is hosting an opening night party for the launch of the virtual reality extension of VAMPIRE::MOTHER— a collaborative show with Vortic Curated— on Tuesday, February 27 from 5-7pm at the Wilshire space. 

Vampire::Mother, 2024, Installation view

VAMPIRE::MOTHER presents new works by 15 contemporary artists responding to and pulling apart the imposed and oversimplified stereotypes affiliated with women/femmes. The featured artists include Anat Ebgi artists such as Tammi Campbell, Jane Margarette and Jessica Taylor Bellamy— alongside other feminist art icons like Marilyn Minter and Laurie Simmons. In addition to the “IRL” show, a digital and VR replica will be available to view both at the gallery space and on vortic.art. The virtual experience has been developed with curator Jasmine Wahi and three of the artists, Bhasha Chakrabarti, Laurie Simmons and Shoshanna Weinberger. It will present bespoke virtual environments for each artist, including a haunted castle and a doll’s house, aiming to offer visitors a heightened and immersive encounter with the featured artworks, enhancing the overall exhibition experience.

Lastly, here are a few Frieze LA highlights on behalf of LA Tourism! 

There are countless art activations and unique attractions to be seen outside the gates of Frieze. Explore the latest newcomers in Los Angeles’ sprawling gallery scene including a new flagship location for Perrotin and the debut of Emma Fernberger’s gallery in the blossoming Melrose Hill neighborhood. Or stop by the satellite fairs, with presentations by more than sixty galleries at Felix Art Fair and an array of unconventional booths on view at the fifth edition of the SPRING/BREAK fair. And don’t miss the chance to explore the engineering marvels and artistry of one of history’s greatest minds at the new Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition at the Science Center or take a ride on Keith Haring’s carousel or Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Ferris wheel at the revived art amusement park Luna Luna


 


What’s On My Travel List

In this series, we flip the script on travel and hospitality PR pros to see where they’re headed and what they’re taking with them. This week, we spoke with Gabriele Sappok-Klink, partner at IMAGINE PR and Stephanie Dowling, SVP of PR and corporate communications for Preferred Travel Group to discover where they’re headed and what they don’t leave home without. 

Gabriele Sappok-Klink | Partner at IMAGINE PR

I hope to return to Asia this year; it's been a while, and Japan is at the top of my list. I've visited Hokkaido, Tokyo, and Kyoto before, but this time, we plan to explore lesser-known parts of the country on a walking trip with our new client, Walk Japan. I just need to get some really good hiking boots!

Africa is always on my mind, and September is typically the month I spend on the continent. I'm hoping to return to Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe. It's one of Africa's great lodges, located in a lesser-known part of the continent.

Regarding Europe, my husband/business partner and I have tickets to the Olympics, so we'll definitely spend some time in Paris this summer. However, I also hope to revisit our client Cape of Senses at Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake in the northern part of the country. Northern Italy and the Dolomites are having a moment for a reason. The southern slopes of the European Alps are such a beautiful area with fantastic mountain and lake views and amazing food.

Packing list:

  • On Cloud slip-on sneakers are great in the air and on the ground.
  • Hand cream because the soap on airplanes is hideous.
  • Lip balm because the air is dry up there.
  • Inflatable neck pillow that can double as a regular pillow.
  • Silicone earplugs because they actually work.
  • Melatonin for the second night when flying east.

Stephanie Dowling | Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Communications for Preferred Travel Group

Last year I traveled thousands of miles visiting NYC, Miami, Chicago, Maui, LA, DC, Santa Barbara and Newport Beach, along with international destinations like London, Singapore, Barcelona, St. Croix, Venice, Florence, Rome, Paris, Nice, Pompei, and Tuscany. Upcoming travel will take me around the world and to a new international destination each month starting with India and then on to Brazil, England, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Poland, and France. I’m leaving for India in a couple weeks and the packing has already begun! Since I’m a mom of three, I do try to take my family along with me on my travels. They love it and I get to spend that extra time with them mixing business and leisure. We’ve had so many amazing adventures. 

Packing List:

Basically everything needed to fight jet lag and to make travel easier and more seamless. We can’t all be like Taylor Swift and live by the ‘Jet Lag is a Choice’ mantra, but I’ve found a few things that help me get through some of the most grueling time zone changes and adjust a little more quickly. I also want as little down time and re-acclimation time when I get home so I can instantly resume mom duties and show up for them. My packing list includes a lot of gadgets. My family calls me the gadget queen and I’m the one on the plane with all the latest travel gear.  

Here are a few of my go-tos that I always have on my packing list.

For jet lag: 

  • B12 Patches by the Good Patch - It has plant based ingredients and helps me wake up and acclimate to a new time zone quickly. 
  • Vitamin Powder Packs for Water and a Reusable Water Bottle – Hydration is key and I always add additional vitamins and hydration just to make sure I’m staying as healthy as possible while traveling. Right now I’m loving 1 Above in berry flavor with Super Antioxidants and Electrolytes. 
  • Silicone Ear Plugs by Bechein (on Amazon) – They are the best ear plugs I have found and help me sleep on planes and in hotels. Plus they are comfortable and I can wear them all night. I can’t risk not getting good sleep when you need to land and run off to meetings quickly and the days are very full with client, media and hotelier meetings, and meeting with my team. Only one warning, they do such a good job at blocking out noise you may miss your alarm when it’s time to get up. 
  • Eye Mask by Drowsy – I use this all the time. It’s silk and has aromatherapy, and is instantly relaxing and soothing for long flights, hotels or reacclimating back at home. 
  • Eye Patches – Even if I’m feeling jet lagged, I try to hide it the best I can and using an under eye patch for dark circles and puffiness is my go to morning routine. I love Wander Beauty Baggage Claim in gold foil. Feels so fancy. 

Technology/Gadgets:

  • Universal Adapter – I’ve used so many different ones and the best one I’ve found is from PWR Mobile and is both a plug in and a power bank. It’s a fast charger, with adapters for US, EU, AU & Asia. 
  • Apple Air Tags – I put one in every bag and wallet. I’ve had to learn the hard way when two airlines lost my suitcase and it ended up at the headquarters of a third in a completely different part of the country. I was apple to track it down like a crime scene investigator and get my bag back. I was highly motivated because it included a bottle of wine from my recent trip to Italy, but it worked! 
  • Laptop Screen Extender – I’m always working off my laptop in hotel rooms, cafés, airport lounges or on the plane, and I really missed having access to two monitors. VILVA offers a great monitor that’s lightweight, affordable, and easy to travel with. I don’t travel without it anymore. 

Ease of Travel: 

  • Steamer – I always pack my travel steamer. It’s the fastest way to refresh clothing and get on your way! I add a rose or lavender essential oil to the water for a little added zhoosh. 
  • Packing Cubes – I always pack with these and have found I can get at least 30-40% more clothing in my suitcases, which makes a big difference whether you are just carrying on or when you have longer haul, multi-city trips. I often have several stops when I’m traveling internationally, making it worth the trip going overseas. I usually color code my cubes based on cities, especially when there are different climates and reasons for travel. It is really helpful when I add on a couple days for leisure and like to get out and explore. 
  • Lastly, I believe in having the trifecta when it comes to security: Global Entry, TSA Precheck and Clear. Depending on the airport and the lines, I regularly navigate between the three for quicker entry and smoother departures.  

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