What started as an art magazine on the fringes of London's Soho in 1991 has now become one of the world's most influential contemporary art fairs — and next month, Freize is finally making its West Coast debut. After 16 years of successful shows in London and New York, the inaugural Frieze Los Angeles show will bring together over 70 of the most significant and progressive contemporary galleries from around the globe at the iconic Paramount Studios from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17.
Frieze Los Angeles will kick off in the midst of two of the biggest award shows (the Grammys on February 10 and the Oscars on February 24) as a nod to art in Hollywood and the worlds of film and music. A tent designed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast will house gallery booths and site-specific works by 17 artists, including Lisa Anne Auerbach (whose "psychic art advisors" will provide one-on-one money-spending counseling for attendees) and Karon Davis (whose life-sized plaster sculptures of children will address gun violence in schools), to name just a few.
There'll also be special programming that will include pop-ups shops by Artists 4 Democracy, re:la, Women's Center for Creative Work, and others alongside talks and panel discussions, film screenings, performances, and even "Name That Tune" games with influential LA artists, among other events.
Tickets for the gallery and curated programs are $150 to $250 for Friday's private preview (2 to 8 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday entry is $50 for adults, $20 for students and youth (ages 13 to 18), and $10 for kids (ages 20 to 12). For curated programs only, tickets are $75 for Friday's preview, and the rest of the weekend $20 for adults, $10 for students/youth, and $5 for kids.
Note that tickets are only available in advance online; buy them ahead of time here.