in Frieze | 14 SEP 16

Frieze Masters Talks 2016: Programme Announced

Leading artists, museum curators, writers and critics to discuss the history of art and its continuing significance in contemporary practice

in Frieze | 14 SEP 16

Alistair Sooke

James Rondeau. Courtesy: Anna Knott

Emilie Gordenker

Cornelia Parker

Maria Balshaw. Courtesy: Johnnie Shand Kydd

Philippe Parreno. Courtesy: Andrea Rossetti

Hou Hanru

Gabriele Finaldi

Lynette Yiadom Boakye. Courtesy: Marcus Leith

Judith Clark. Courtesy: Hyea W Kang

Marlene Dumas

Featuring Marlene Dumas, Gabriele Finaldi, Philippe Parreno, Alastair Sooke, Sheena Wagstaff and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Frieze Masters Talks explores the history of art and its significance in contemporary practice. The programme is co-curated for the first time by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts) and Jennifer Higgie (frieze & Frieze Masters Magazine). Frieze Masters Talks is supported by Gucci, Associate Sponsor of the fair.

What place does contemporary art have in historical museums – and vice versa? What role do fashion and gesture play in historical painting? Why did many giants of Western art – from Titian to Bourgeois – produce their most exciting work deep into old age? Taking place daily in the fair auditorium, this year’s programme will feature panel discussions exploring these questions, alongside intimate conversations between the world’s leading artists and curators.

Frieze Masters Talks are free for visitors to attend. Seats can be reserved from 11am on the day of each talk.


Thursday, 6 October

12pm Philippe Parreno (artist) & Nancy Spector (Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum)

3pm Gods and Monsters: Contemporary Art in Historical Museums (and vice versa)

What place does contemporary art have in historical museums – and vice versa? An international panel of museum curators and directors will consider both the opportunities and pitfalls of mixing up the art of different eras.
Chair: Jennifer Higgie (co-editor frieze, editor Frieze Masters) with Okwui Enwezor (Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich), Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI, Rome) & Sheena Wagstaff (Leonard A. Lauder Chairman for Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Friday, 7 October
12pm Carroll Dunham (Artist) & James Rondeau (President and Eloise W. Martin Director, Art Institute of Chicago)

3pm Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (Artist) & Gabriele Finaldi (Director, National Gallery, London) moderated by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London)

5pm Spotlight Panel: Feminist Art
Chair: Alison Gingeras (writer & curator) with Nancy Grossman (Artist) & Joan Semmel (Artist)

Saturday, 8 October
12pm Marlene Dumas (Artist) on portraiture with an introduction by Jennifer Higgie (co-editor, frieze & editor, Frieze Masters)

3pm Gesture and Dress: The Fashionable Journey

What role do fashion and gesture play in historical painting? The discussion will focus on a group of works selected by the panel from Frieze Masters.
Chair: Judith Clarke (Professor of Fashion and Museology, UAL, London) with panelists including Pamela Golbin (Chief Curator of Fashion and Textiles at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)

Sunday 9 October
12pm Cornelia Parker (Artist) & Dr Maria Balshaw CBE (Director, the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery)

3pm Better Late than Never: On Late Style

Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, Matisse and Louise Bourgeois: many of the giants of Western art arguably produced their most exciting work deep into old age. What are the reasons for this? At a time when our culture seems increasingly obsessed with youth, is there a contemporary corollary?
Chair: Alastair Sooke (Art Critic and Broadcaster) with Dr Xavier Bray (Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, incoming Director of The Wallace Collection, London), Emilie Gordenker (Director, Mauritshuis, The Hague) & Sam Smiles (Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth)