in Frieze Masters | 28 SEP 21
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Stand Out: 'A More Interesting History of Art' Curated by Luke Syson

The new section at Frieze Masters 2021 brings together objects of conceptual and technical brilliance, from Indian glass painting to plaster works by Rachel Whiteread 

in Frieze Masters | 28 SEP 21

I’m really thrilled to be curating a new section at this autumn’s Frieze Masters: Stand Out. A more complex, inclusive and interesting history of art emerges when we bring art objects, in a range of media, to the fore. These historic works of art contain ideas and meanings that are amazingly current. – Luke Syson

New for 2021, Frieze Masters will also introduce a new section called Stand Out, curated by Luke Syson (Director of Fitzwilliam Museum), which will bring together art objects from across
the ages that are great works of design, of sculptural and conceptual brilliance.

Stand Out looks beyond hierarchical distinctions between works of art in different media, and in doing so reconsiders art objects often termed ‘decorative’ or ‘functional.’ 

Highlights include the recreation of an antica spezieria, an Italian Renaissance pharmacy, by Raccanello & Leprince, bringing together beautifully decorated vases, bottles and jugs.

Two large pharmacy jars, stagnone, with spiral decoration inspired by ‘Golden Horn’ ware from Iznik, inscribed for Acqua Plantaginis and Acqua Acettose, Savona or Albissola, first half 17th century. 40 cm.
Two large pharmacy jars, stagnone, with spiral decoration inspired by ‘Golden Horn’ ware from Iznik, inscribed for Acqua Plantaginis and Acqua Acettose, Savona or Albissola, first half 17th century. 40 cm. Courtesy of Racanello & Leprince

Sam Fogg presents European reliquary busts of Christian saints used in processions and ceremonies, and often inhabited by holy relics.

Gisèle Croës - Arts d’Extrême Orient s.a. brings outstanding rare objects from the Silk Road, from the Neolithic Majiayao culture of the Yellow River to the grand, intricate decades of the eighteenth-century Qianlong Emperor.

Bronze horse       China   Sichuan Province   Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 220)   Ht. 31,4 cm ((12 ¼. In.)   L. 27,7 cm. (10 7/8 in.)   Microanalysis, TL test       Credit line:   Photo Studio R. Asselberghs – Frédéric Dehaen
Bronze horse, China, Sichuan Province, Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), 31,4x 27,7 cm. Courtesy of Gisèle Croës - Arts d’Extrême Orient s.a.

Stuart Lochhead Sculpture celebrates plaster, a multi-faceted material favoured by many artists, including Auguste Rodin and Rachel Whiteread

Alessandra di Castro brings stones, granites and marbles to centre stage, shining a light onto the patience and skill of turning hard stone into art.

Tomasso presents a remarkable Wedgwood Black Basalt Bernini Triton merging the genius of Wedgwood and that of Bernini.

Wedgwood and Bentley   Triton, after Gian Lorenzo Bernini   Etruria, Staffordshire, 1770-1776   Black Basalt (stoneware)   62 cm high
Wedgwood and Bentley, Triton, after Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Etruria, Staffordshire, 1770-1776, Black Basalt (stoneware). 62 cm. Courtesy of Tomasso Brothers Fine Art

Amir Mohtashemi presents reverse glass painting showcasing the evolution of this European art taken by Jesuits to Canton, where the technique was significantly developed and, in the decades around 1800, became popular with Indian connoisseurs.

Prahlad Bubbar brings together masterworks celebrating the poetry of metal.

Oscar Graf Gallery presents iconic works by designers of The Arts and Crafts, Secession and Aesthetic movements, de Stijl, arts nouveau and deco.

Arthur Dixon - Table lamp, ca. 1893.jpg
Arthur Dixon, Table lamp, ca. 1893. Courtesy of Oscar Graf


Prahlad Bubbar
Alessandra Di Castro Antichità
Gisèle Croës - Arts d'Extrême Orient s.a.
Sam Fogg
Oscar Graf Gallery
Stuart Lochhead Sculpture
Amir Mohtashemi
Raccanello & Leprince

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Main image: detail of Painted Pottery Jar, China, Neolithic period, Majiayao Culture (4th-3rd millenium BC). Courtesy of Gisèle Croës - Arts d’Extrême Orient s.a.