Curated by Dr. Nicholas Cullinan (Director, National Portrait Gallery), Frieze Masters Talks provides a platform for leading artists, museum curators, writers and critics to discuss the history of art and its continuing significance in contemporary practice.
Dr. Nicholas Cullinan speaks to artist Tacita Dean about her current exhibition at Frith Street Gallery, London which occupies both gallery spaces at Golden Square and Soho Square.
The exhibition coincides with The Dante Project, a new ballet premiering at London’s Royal Opera House this week with set and costume design by Dean, choreography by Wayne McGregor and composition by Thomas Adès, from which related works can be seen at the Golden Square. They also discuss other new works in the exhibition including One Hundred and Fifty Years of Painting, a 50-minute 16mm film featuring the artists Julie Mehretu and the late Luchita Hurtado in conversation as well as two works that have grown out of Dean’s time spent as artist-in-residence at The Getty Research Centre, Los Angeles, 2014–15: the 31-minute 16mm film Pan Amicus and Monet Hates Me, a new edition, conceived as ‘an exhibition in a box’, which was realised with her long-time friend and collaborator Martyn Ridgewell during the 2020 lockdowns.
Tacita Dean (b. 1965, Canterbury) lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include: Kunstmuseum Basel (2021); Espoo Museum of Modern Art (2020); The Royal Academy of Arts, The National Gallery, and The National Portrait Gallery, London (2018); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2016); and the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London (2011). From 17 September, Frith Street Gallery, London, will show two new films by Dean as well as works relating to her design and costumes for The Dante Project, a ballet based on Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy with choreography by Wayne McGregor and composition by Thomas Adès, which will premiere at the Royal Opera House 14 October.