Frieze names Fatos Üstek as Curator of Frieze Sculpture 2023

Heralding a new vision for art in the public realm for Frieze London's 20th anniversary

in Frieze London & Frieze Masters | 07 DEC 22

Fatos Üstek is the new curator of Frieze Sculpture, a major annual public art exhibition that places monumental works by leading artists throughout London’s The Regent’s Park. Taking place 20 September to 29 October 2023, Frieze Sculpture will coincide with Frieze London and Frieze Masters, 11 to 15 October 2023, which together will celebrate the creative spirit of the city.

Eva Langret, Director of Frieze London commented: ‘We are thrilled to announce Fatos as the next curator of Frieze Sculpture. The exhibition is beloved by so many, and Fatos, who has extensive experience working with art in the public realm, could not be more well placed to take the initiative forward. With next year marking Frieze London’s 20th anniversary we are looking forward to a special programme of projects and collaborations, amongst which Frieze Sculpture will be a major highlight.’

Fatos Üstek added: ‘Encountering art in the public realm gives us an experience like no other. At its best, it can astonish, inspire awe, and create collective wonder. We're in an age where our society spends most of its time in a digital world, but that world does not speak to us in the same way. I'm hugely excited about joining Frieze and working with a wide array of artists and galleries to expand the conception, implementation and reception of sculpture in the public realm.’

Woman taking photo of Robert Indianna sculpture
Robert Indiana, Imperial LOVE, 1966 - 1971, presented by Waddington Custot. Frieze Sculpture 2022, photo by Linda Nylind

About Fatos Üstek

Fatos Üstek is an independent curator and writer, based in London. She was previously Director of the Liverpool Biennial, Director of the Roberts Institute of Art, Curator of Art Night, London (2017), Curator of fig-2 50 exhibitions 50 weeks, at ICA London (2015) and Associate Curator of the 10th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2014). She has commissioned a number of projects in the public realm, including Nathan Coley, Liverpool, 2020; Do Ho Suh, London, 2018-20 and presently with Nine Elms, London. Over the past 10 years, Üstek has taken on multiple jury roles for national and international art prizes (Jindrich Chalupecky Award 2022-2024; Outset Studio Makers Prize, 2022; Turner Prize 2020; Celeste Prize 2017), international representations (Scotland and Netherlands in Venice, 2022), whilst nominating artists for prestigious projects and awards (The Fourth Plinth; Jarman Film Award).

In addition, Üstek is Editorial Advisor and Contributing Editor of Extra Extra Magazine and co-founder of FRANK Fair Artist Pay. Alongside leading international projects, she holds governance roles in art organizations in the UK (Chair, New Contemporaries), Netherlands (advisory board, Jan van Eyck Academie), and Germany (advisory board, Urban Art in Ruhr). Üstek is currently writing a book on 21st-century art institutions.

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Main image: Fatos Üstek, photograph by Christa Holka