in Frieze Masters , News | 19 JUL 22

Spotlight at Frieze Masters 2022: Women Artists of the 20th Century

Featuring solos by artists including Nike Davies-Okundaye, Leonor Fini and Sister Gertrude Morgan, this year’s section is curated by Camille Morineau and the AWARE team

in Frieze Masters , News | 19 JUL 22


The much-celebrated Spotlight section of Frieze Masters will this year be curated by Camille Morineau (co-founder and Research Director of AWARE - Archives of Women Artists, Research, and Exhibitions) and the AWARE team and be dedicated to women artists. 

Showcasing 26 artists, Spotlight will feature major modern figures, alongside the work of lesser-known names, shining a new light on half a century of art history. Highlights include…..

6Madhvi Parekh Kangaru - 197616.5 X 12.0 in. (41.9 X 30.5 cm) DAG000048139
Madhvi Parekh, Kangaru,1976, 16.5 X 12.0 in. (41.9 X 30.5 cm), courtesy of the Artist and DAG

Often extolled as a ‘woman’ painter, Madhvi Parekh’s art has never been premised on gender. Instead, she occupies an artistic realm with strong ethical values based on a sense of humanitarianism, environmental inclusion, and memory (DAG, New Delhi).

A solo booth showing one of Iran’s foremost artists, Sonia Balassanian, who brings together elements of poetry, calligraphy, and field painting in her work (Ab-Anbar, Tehran).

Like a sculptor, ORLAN physically acted upon her body through nine surgical operations between 1990 and 1993. In this project, the operating theatre became an artist's studio, the easel of a work in progress (Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris).

Leonor Fini (1907-1996)  Untitled  Circa 1940 Watercolour, gouach and ink on paper 35 × 25 cm Signed lower right
Leonor Fini (1907-1996), Untitled, Circa 1940, Watercolour, gouach and ink on paper 35 × 25 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Loeve&Co

Fahrelnissa Zeid's seventy year long career is rooted in figuration with a tendency towards Expressionism. The pace of her distinctive brushwork allows her to breakdown colour fields into mosaic-like forms (Dirimart, Istanbul).

The Gallery of Everything presents works by Sister Gertrude Morgan, whose work was featured in this year’s Venice Biennale (The Gallery of Everything, London).

Internationally renowned batik and Adire artist, Nike Davies-Okundaye’s practice encompasses work that explores natural phenomena, history, social issues, religion, folklore, and mythology (kó, Lagos).

FAHRELNISSA ZEID(1901-1991)Adam & Eve(1968)Oil on canvas121x 181cm
FAHRELNISSA ZEID(1901-1991), Adam & Eve, 1968, Oil on canvas, 121x 181cm, courtesy of the Artist and Dirimart

Born in Argentina, raised in Italy and having lived most of her life in France, Leonor Fini is one of the rare painters of the Surrealist galaxy to have constantly asserted independence (Loeve&Co, Paris).

Conceived during her exploration of light works in the late 1960s, Mary Corse’s The Cold Room is an environmental installation that consists of a suspended light box—similar to those she executed in 1968—inside a freestanding structure chilled to near freezing point (Pace, London).

Mary Corse The Cold Room, 1968/2017 Installation View, Kayne Griffin, California, 2017   © Mary Corse, courtesy Pace Gallery Photo: Flying Studio, Los Angeles
Mary Corse, The Cold Room, 1968/2017, Installation View, Kayne Griffin, California, 2017, © Mary Corse, courtesy Pace Gallery, Photo: Flying Studio, Los Angeles

Spotlight Section Galleries
Ab-Anbar, Tehran, London Sonia Balassanian
acb, Budapest Margit Szilvitzky
Apalazzogallery, Brescia Lucia Marcucci
Galerie Bernard Bouche, Paris Marthe Wéry
Cecilia Brunson Projects, London Katie van Scherpenberg
Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, Saint-Etienne, Geneva, New York, Luxembourg, Lyon
DAG, New Delhi, Mumbai, New York Madhvi Parekh 
Dirimart, Istanbul Fahrelnissa Zeid
Einspach Fine Art & Photography, Budapest Orshi Drozdik
England & Co, London Anne Bean
The Gallery of Everything, London Sister Gertrude Morgan
Henrique Faria, New York Susana Rodríguez
Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, East Hampton Pat Passlof
Galerie A&R Fleury, Paris Geneviève Claisse
Frittelli Arte Contemporanea, Florence Lucia Marcucci
Herlitzka + Faria, Buenos Aires Susana Rodríguez
Alison Jacques, London Ljiljana Blazevska
Galerie Knoell, Basel Dadamaino
kó, Lagos Nike Davies-Okundaye
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Busan Wook-kyung Choi
Loeve&Co, Paris Leonor Fini
Pace Gallery, New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Geneva, Seoul, Palo Alto, Palm Beach, East Hampton Mary Corse
Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York Sylvia Snowden
Almine Rech, Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai Vivian Springford
Richard Saltoun Gallery, London Romany Eveleigh
Stephenson art, London Daniela Vinopalová
Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York Mary Lucier
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Romainville Colette Brunschwig 

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Main image: Nike Davies-Okundaye, The palmwine tapper and ayo game, 1969-1970, 54 x 102 in, Bead on board, Courtesy of the artist and kó gallery