The question, 'Where is home?' has echoed throughout time and across cultures in various forms. For Frieze, home has long been London. Two decades ago, the inaugural Frieze Art Fair debuted here, establishing itself as an integral part of the art world's fabric. While it has since branched out globally, Frieze has never lost its connection to its origins in The Regent's Park.
It feels apt that this edition of Frieze Masters magazine delves into themes of time, place and belonging. In our inaugural Studio section, renowned curator Sheena Wagstaff collaborates closely with artists Maggi Hambling, Mona Hatoum, Lucia Laguna, Arlene Shechet and Hyun-Sook Song to explore their workspaces and creative processes, providing a glimpse into the places where they experience the greatest sense of artistic freedom and belonging.
Valerie Cassel Oliver takes the helm of our Spotlight section, highlighting artists who, due to factors such as gender, race or geography, may not have received the attention they deserve. She takes us on a journey down the paths that have shaped her curatorial career in Questionnaire. In his third and final year as curator of the Stand Out section, Luke Syson delves into this year's theme: colour, exploring its significance in sculptures and objects throughout ages and cultures, and its ability
to stir instincts and evoke emotions, transcending the constraints of time and space.
In Artists' Artists, South African painter Cinga Samson shares his admiration for the works of Dutch master Jan van Huysum, continuing the vital dialogue between the past and the present that is the soul of Frieze Masters. Lastly, our comprehensive gallery index serves as an essential guide to the fair. I hope this issue offers you as much insight and enjoyment as it has provided me.
Welcome to Frieze Masters 2023!
Director of Frieze Masters