Flora Vesterberg's Top Five Picks on Frieze Viewing Room

The art historian and broadcaster chooses works by Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Ruth Asawa, Dorothy Cross, Tracey Emin and Gillian Wearing from the Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2022 edition

in Frieze London & Frieze Masters | 16 OCT 22

Frieze Viewing Room is open until Sunday 17 October. 

Presented by Hauser & Wirth
Éléments courbes (Curved Elements), 1934
Ink and pencil on cardboard
10.16" x 13.74" (25.8 cm x 34.9 cm)
Price on Application

Taeuber-Arp was an innovative, multidisciplinary artist and designer who paved the way for many other women to follow. Her Tate Modern retrospective last year was incredibly powerful. 

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Presented by David Zwirner

Untitled (P.025-II, Irises (Experiment for Tamarind Lithography Workshop)), 1965
Lithograph on paper
20" x 16.14" (50.8 cm x 41 cm)

Asawa is a Japanese artist I had only previously known for her sculptures, but I was entranced by these botanical studies at Frieze Masters. 

Ruth Asawa

Erratic, 2007
archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308
11.61" x 15.55" x 1.57" (29.5 cm x 39.5 cm x 4 cm)
Edition of 10
Under $5k

I grew up on a windswept Scottish coastline and now spend a lot of time in Stockholm and so always feel a connection with northern seascapes. I find them very calming and meditative. 

Dorothy Cross

Presented by Xavier Huftens
Leave me in my Own Space, 2022
79.92" x 110.24" (203 cm x 280 cm)
$1m or above

Emin is a resilient and inspiring woman artist that I will always admire. I found the scale and vivid colour palette of this painting particularly breathtaking when exploring Frieze London. 

Tracey Emin

Me as Jean Cocteau after Berenice Abbott, 2022
framed bromide print
60" x 45.08" (152.4 cm x 114.5 cm)
£ 38,000

The 1927 photograph that this resembles was taken by the American photographer Berenice Abbott. I love the parallels this interpretation draws with elements of both Dadaism and Surrealism. 

Gillian Wearing

Flora Vesterberg is an art historian and broadcaster. As an Ambassador of the Young Patrons Circle of the Victoria & Albert Museum and Co-Chair of the Young Patrons Scheme of Art History Link-Up, Vesterberg is committed to education. She has a master's degree from The Courtauld Institute of Art and currently writes on the subject of modern and contemporary art for Vogue, Wallpaper* and Harper's Bazaar as well as lecturing and guest lecturing at The Sotheby's Institute of Art and Cambridge University amongst other leading academic institutions. Follow @floravesterberg

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