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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Frieze Masters will launch from October 12-16 in The Regent’s Park.

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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