Marking History at Frieze Los Angeles 2022

Discover artists who have defined movements and moments in recent art history at the fair, and on Frieze Viewing Room, including Dorothea Tanning, Beauford Delaney, Donald Judd and Chris Burden

in Frieze Los Angeles , News | 15 FEB 22

Defining Figures of American Art History

Highlights include the first US showing of Chris Burden’s Dreamer’s Folly (2010), a large-scale architectural sculpture which relates to Urban Light (2008), his permanent installation of 202 antique streetlights at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Presented by Gagosian).

Chris Burden  Dreamer's Folly, 2010  Cast iron gazebos and lace fabric  136 x 164 x 223 in  345.4 x 416.6 x 566.4 cm    © 2022 Chris Burden / licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York  Courtesy Gagosian
Chris Burden, Dreamer's Folly, 2010 Cast iron gazebos and lace fabric © 2022 Chris Burden / licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
Courtesy Gagosian 

Jenkins Johnson Gallery's presentation brings together pioneering artists who explore themes of race in their work, including, among others: Mary Lovelace O'Neal, one of the first African American women to have a solo exhibition at SFMOMA; Jae and Wadsworth Jarrell, founding members of AfriCOBRA, who also helped create and define the aesthetic of the Black Arts Movement; and Ming Smith, the first black female photographer acquired by MoMA, who creates ethereal documents on Black life.

Ming Smith
Ming Smith, Tina Turner, What's Love Got To Do With It,1984. Courtesy of The Artist, and Jenkins Johnson Gallery 

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery celebrates the rich story of figuration by Black artists from the mid to late 20th-century with works by Benny Andrews, Richmond Barthé, Robert Colescott, Beauford Delaney, Bob Thompson and Charles White.

Alison Jacques is showing more 20th-century greats including abstract oils from Betty Parsons, dream-like paintings by Dorothea Tanning and suspended sculptures from Lenore Tawney.

More New York icons on show include March Avery (Blum & Poe), Donald Judd (Galerie Thaddeus Ropac) and Jasper Johns (Craig F. Starr).

Groundbreaking Californian Artists

In A Black Man's Garden, 1973Acrylic wash on canvas, triptychThree canvases: 107 1/4 x 83 x 1 1/2 inches (272.4 x 210.8 x 3.8 cm) each
Suzanne Jackson, In A Black Man's Garden, 1973. Acrylic wash on canvas, triptych. Three canvases: 107 1/4 x 83 x 1 1/2 inches (272.4 x 210.8 x 3.8 cm) each. Courtesy the artist and Ortuzar Projects

Frieze Los Angeles will celebrate LA and California's major contribution to art history and expanding the canon, with solo, group and special artist projects.

Highlights include works by Suzanne Jackson a homecoming for the artist, who ran the groundbreaking Gallery 32 in LA in the late 60s.

A historic site-specific installation by Betye Saar, Los Angeles’ preeminent assemblage artist, reinterpreting her 1983 public mural "L.A. Energy".

Presented in a two-artist booth, Melvino Garretti will present a selection of ceramics and wall-hanging and free-standing fabric paintings, some being shown for the very first time. He was among the first residents of the Studio Watts workshop in the mid-1960s, a pioneering non-profit serving artists in South-Central LA, fueling a rich period of creativity and experimentation within the Black community. (Parker Gallery).

Major Works by 20th-Century Icons from Around the World

Major paintings by the British artist Leon Kossoff drawn from important Southern California collections (L.A. Louver)

Amelia Toledo a leading figure of Brazilian art in the twentieth century, with a career spanning over five decades. (Nara Roesler, main)

About Frieze Los Angeles

Frieze Los Angeles takes place in Beverly Hills from February 17 to 20, 2022. Preview the fair on Frieze Viewing Room, which opens February 15 to 20, 2022.


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Pictured at top of page: detail, Mary Lovelace O'Neal, I Live In A Black Marble Palace With Black Panthers and White Doves #8 (from the Panthers in My Father’s Palace Series), circa mid-1980s and early 1990s, mixed media on canvas, 81 x 138 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery