Frieze 2020 Highlights

Posted on 27 October 2020 by Liverpool Biennial

Jadé Fadojutimi, Jesture, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

Jadé Fadojutimi, Jesture, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

This year has seen remarkable changes to the way we experience and encounter works of art and Frieze London was no exception. Although radically different, the calibre of presentations has not wavered, as the spirit of innovation and adaptation persists. Check out the incredible offer from our featured LB2021 artists below, ahead of our 11th edition opening next spring.


Rashid Johnson

Waves

Rashid Johnson, Waves, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Writh London. Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Hauser & Wirth 2020 Frieze presentation is dedicated to new works by artist Rashid Johnson. Waves, spanning over the entirety of the gallery’s London space, includes a collection of large ceramic tile mosaics and oil paintings. 

Exploring themes of anxiety and escapism, the works can be considered a continuation of Johnson’s pervious series’ Anxious Men, and Broken Men and Broken Crowd

Derived from a set of reactionary drawings during the global lockdown, the new Anxious Red Drawing series continues Johnson’s use of specific materials to relay significance. Known to incorporate the likes of shea butter and black soap for their links to historical narratives, Johnson this time adopts the medium of red oil paint to communicate a sense of urgency. 

In addition to the new oil on linen, a selection of mosaics can also be found on display. The familiar distorted figures and repetitious faces of Johnson’s practice are constructed using fractured ceramics as well as mirror tiles, flooring, bronze and overlaid with oil stick, spray enamel, wax and soap. These sculptural paintings convey breaking point both physically and metaphorically. 

Rashid Johnson will donate 10% of his proceeds of the sale of works from this exhibition to the Covid-19 solidarity response fund for the World Health Organization, matching Hauser & Wirth’s commitment to support the fund through donation of 10% of its gross profits from all online exhibitions, as part of the gallery’s ongoing #artforbetter initiative.

The exhibition runs until 23 December 2020. Booking is required. 

Rashid Johnson, Waves, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Writh London. Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Alberta Whittle

RESET

As the recipient of the annual Frieze Artist Award, co-produced and co-commissioned by Forma and Frieze, Alberta Whittle’s new moving-image work RESET (2020) has now premiered.

The work is informed by the writings of queer theorist, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and was filmed across multiple locations including Barbados, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Frieze writes: ‘Exploring timely questions relating to personal healing and the cultivation of hope in hostile environments, such as the present global pandemic or colonialism, this urgent political film strikes the balance between grief and reflection, empathy and desire’.

RESET is available to watch digitally via: https://www.frieze.com/artistaward

For public screenings please visit: https://forma.org.uk/projects/reset/

In addition to her Artist Award Commission, Whittle’s Mammmmmmmmywata Presents Life Solutions International (2016), can also be seen featured in Copperfield Gallery’s group show Here be Dragons – exploring ocean-space as a historical connector of places, people and identities.

Alberta Whittle, Mammmmmmmmywata Presents Life Solutions International, 2016, HD video, 3'57''. Courtesy of the artist.

Haroon Mirza

MindFilp

Haroon Mirza, MindFlip, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery.

In unison with artists and curator Victor Wang (王宗孚), Haroon Miriza contributed to the culmination of this year’s Frieze LIVE event. 

For the first time, LIVE took place at 9 Cork Street in London where the collaborators positioned their temporary project: The Institute of Melodic Healing.

The programme lasted for 111 hours, a conscious connection to Mirza’s research into the physiological properties of the frequency of 111 Hz. This particular frequency is one scientifically demonstrated to oscillate from certain prehistoric structures that were once epicentres of social or spiritual events.

For LIVE, the IMH focused on community and healing by exploring the interconnectivity of aspects of sound and the body. They aimed to emphasise that listening, experiencing and feeling is as important as seeing.

Mirza’s new participatory light and sound installation was in collaboration with soprano opera singer Sarah-Jane Lewis and various pieces within the show could be accessed via QR code. 

Sonia Gomes

Group Show at Pace Gallery

For the online iteration of Frieze London, Pace Gallery chose a selection of abstract sculptures that brought together four leading women artists from the gallery’s contemporary programme:

Lynda Benglis, Torkwase Dyson, Arlene Shechet and Liverpool Biennial 2021 artist Sonia Gomes.

Sonia Gomes combines second-hand textiles with everyday materials, such as furniture, driftwood, and wire, to create sculptures that reclaim Afro-Brazilian traditions and feminised crafts.

Featuring exemplary works ranging from 1972 to 2020, the presentation showcased five sculptures in the gallery and an additional five works exclusively online, each characterised by freewheeling experimentation and a playful approach to materiality.

Sonia Gomes, Acordes Naturais, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM. Photo: Bruno Leão.

Jade Fadojutimi

Jesture

The Pippy Houldsworth Gallery present, Jesture, the second solo exhibition of London-based artist Jadé Fadojutimi to be hosted at the gallery.

Fadojutimi’s vivid paintings centre around sense of self and questioning identity. The abstract forms and colour choice derive from a process of connection to objects and informative tools within the artist’s studio. The powerful and nostalgic sensations evoked by these items elicit the creative and intense response we see on the canvas. Fadojutimi, with these new works, captures the exchange between an individual and the creation of an environment sparked by memory.

The exhibition runs until 31 October 2020. Walk-ins welcome.

Jadé Fadojutimi, Jesture, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

Larry Achiampong

Beyond the Substrata

Larry Achiampong, Beyond the Substrata, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London.

Beyond the Substrata is the newest film work by Larry Achiampong on digital and physical display at a pop-up location in Piccadilly Arcade.

The piece, filmed in an empty supermarket, includes a silhouetted dancer freely moving around the abandoned space. As she navigates the aisles, the only audience is the surveillance screen overhead.

In addition to the film work, also on display are five new C-type prints from the on-going project Speckle. The archive images of Ghanaian families have their faces erased and replaced with ‘blackface’ motifs and exaggerated red lips. Achiampong’s practice of addressing racial issues as well as otherness and as he describes ‘bothness’ of identity, centres around his blackness, the complexities of historical conditioning and the clash of cultural dynamics.

All of the above artists will feature in the 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port, which will run 20 March – 6 June 2021, with previews held on 18 and 19 March.

Read the full artist list here.