in Frieze Masters | 24 AUG 21

Spotlight: Pioneering Artists of the 20th Century at Frieze Masters

Returning for the third year at Frieze Masters, Laura Hoptman's section Spotlight celebrates the luminaries of 20th-century art

in Frieze Masters | 24 AUG 21

The celebrated Spotlight section, dedicated to pioneers of avant-garde art from across the world and curated by Laura Hoptman (Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York), returns to Frieze Masters this October.

Featuring solo presentations of work by overlooked figures and rarely seen practices by modern masters, Spotlight champions a diverse group of artists.

From video works by visionary artist Woody Vasulka (Berg Contemporary), to intricate woven works by Franca Sonnino (Repetto Gallery), to Nigerian modernist painter Obiora Udechukwu (kó), to works by Paraguayan visual artist Feliciano Centurión (Galeria Millan), this year's Spotlight brings together 28 international galleries exhibiting works by ground-breaking artists of the 20th century spanning painting, photography, sculpture, drawing and conceptual installation.

Franca Sonnino (B. 1932)Libro del mare 1983Iron and cotton thread50 x 40 cmCourtesy of Repetto Gallery
Franca Sonnino, Libro del mare, 1983, Iron and cotton thread, 50 x 40 cm. Courtesy of Repetto Gallery

This year's highlights include:

Pioneering Italian figures such as Santi Alleruzzo (SpazioA), Luigi Boille (Ronchini Gallery), Gastone Novelli (Matteo Lampertico), Remo Bianco (Galleria d'Arte Tommaso Calabro), and Franca Sonnino (Repetto Gallery).

jpgSanti AlleruzzoPersiana, 1978oil on canvas on cardboardcm 33 x 22.5Photo by Camilla Maria SantiniCourtesy Archivio Santi Alleruzzo and SpazioA, Pistoia
Santi Alleruzzo, Persiana, 1978, oil on canvas on cardboard, 33 x 22.5cm. Photo by Camilla Maria Santini. Courtesy Archivio Santi Alleruzzo and SpazioA

American pioneers, like cross-disciplinary artist Nancy Graves (Ceysson & Bénétière); abstract paintings by Beauford Delaney (Michael Rosenfeld Gallery); photographic and video works by Peter Campus (Cristin Tierney Gallery); unique paintings by Roger Brown (Kavi Gupta); and photo works by Nancy Holt (Parafin).

peter campusHead of a Sad Young Woman, 1976-77high definition digital videodimensions variableEdition of 5 plus 1 artist's proof(CT-26)
Peter Campus, Head of a Sad Young Woman,1976-77. high definition digital video, dimensions variable. Edition of 5 plus 1 AP. Courtesy of Cristin Tierney Gallery

Radical painters including A. Ramachandran (Vadehra Art Gallery), the renowned modernist from Kerala, India; Huguette Caland (Kayne Griffin), one of Lebanon's best-known women artists; Farid Belkahia (Selma Feriani Gallery), a key figure in Moroccan modernism; and surrealist French-Mexican poet and painter Alice Rahon (Gallery Wendi Norris).

Alice Rahon, Painting for a Little Ghost Who Couldn't Learn to Read, 1947, oil and sand on canvas, 35 1/4 x 28 13/16 inches (89.5 x 73.2 cm
Alice Rahon, Painting for a Little Ghost Who Couldn't Learn to Read, 1947, oil and sand on canvas, 35 1/4 x 28 13/16 inches (89.5 x 73.2 cm). Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris

Plus diverse and pioneering figures from around the world, including Korean artist Soun-Gui Kim (Arario Gallery) with her ‘One Stroke of Painting’ series from 1975 to 1987; Cruzeiro Seixas (Perve Galeria), a major exponent of Portguese Surrealism; Barbara Levittoux-Świderska (Richard Saltoun Gallery), the avant-garde artist who transformed the Polish textile tradition and tapestry.

Cruzeiro Seixas (1920-2020, Portugal)Untitled, 1999mixed media on paper,22,5 x 32 cmCopyright: Perve Galeria
Cruzeiro Seixas, Untitled, 1999, mixed media on paper, 22,5 x 32 cm. Courtesy of Perve Galeria

The participating artists and galleries for Spotlight at Frieze Masters 2021 are:

acb Agnes Denes

albertz benda Wassef Boutros-Ghali

Arario Gallery Soungui Kim

Berg Contemporary Woody Vasulka

Cecilia Brunson Projects Feliciano Centurión

Galleria d'Arte Tommaso Calabro Remo Bianco

Ceysson & Bénétière Nancy Graves

The Gallery of Everything Janet Sobel

Selma Feriani Gallery Farid Belkahia

Kavi Gupta Roger Brown

Rhona Hoffman Gallery Wassef Boutros-Ghali

Alison Jacques Nicola L.

Kayne Griffin Huguette Caland

Obiora Udechukwu

Kornfeld Bruce McLean

MAIA Contemporary Pedro Friedeberg

Galeria Millan Feliciano Centurión

ML Fine Art - Matteo Lampertico Gastone Novelli

Gallery Wendi Norris Alice Rahon

Parafin Nancy Holt

Perve Galeria Cruzeiro Seixas

Repetto Gallery Franca Sonnino

Ronchini Gallery Luigi Boille

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Beauford Delaney

Richard Saltoun Gallery Barbara Levittoux-Świderska

SpazioA Santi Alleruzzo

Cristin Tierney Gallery Peter Campus

Vadehra Art Gallery A. Ramachandran

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Main image: Nicola L., We Want to Breathe, c. 1976. Ink on cotton, wood, 127.5 x 256 x 14 cm. Courtesy Alison Jacques, London and Nicola L. Collection and Archive © Nicola L. Collection and Archive