Frieze Los Angeles 2023
February 2023

What kind of place is an airport? A place between local and global, where languages mingle, wide vistas open up. As the location for Frieze Los Angeles, this week Santa Monica Airport will become a place of creativity too: with over 120 galleries, Focus and Spotlight sections, and Frieze Projects by the likes of Ruben Ochoa (p. 24), Alake Shilling and Jennifer West, among others — a collaboration with the Art Production Fund, whose Director Casey Fremont is a recent LA arrival (p.27). As well as showcasing this activity, and other highlights of the week across the city (like the survey of Simone Forti, of which Gillian Garcia went behind the scenes to create our cover image), this issue celebrates the art of the fair’s new environs: from Don Bachardy (p.10) and the late Chris Burden (p.8) to Jay Ezra Nayssan (p.14), curator of the off-site program ‘Against the Edge’. As Nayssan explains in his guide (p.16), stories of exile and reinvention sprawl throughout the Westside: an area crisscrossed by comings and goings. Like an airport, perhaps? In any case, I can’t wait to explore it more. 

Matthew McLean, Editor and Creative Lead, Frieze Studios


From this issue

For his Frieze Projects installation, the artist gives Los Angeles’ historically undervalued street vendors the focus they deserve

BY Patricia Escárcega |

Gillian Garcia's special photo and video commission offers a closer look at Huddle, the performance that interlocks the performers' bodies

BY Gillian Garcia |

As the Award marks its third year, Diante Singley, Jane Chow and Timothy Offor share how the Fellowship helped their artistic and professional development

In Collaboration with Deutsche Bank

Suzanne Lacy discusses the malleable meaning of the archive with the Getty’s Glenn Phillips

BY Glenn Phillips AND Suzanne Lacy |

Based in Santa Monica for six decades, the artist has spent a lifetime capturing likeness through line, from David Hockney to his life partner Christopher Isherwood

BY Jonathan Griffin |

Casey Fremont discusses APF’s Frieze Projects program, relocating to L.A. and the organisation’s next chapter

BY Jennifer Piejko |

Ahead of her exhibition in Los Angeles, the artist explores the influence of the late Chris Burden’s pioneering practice

BY Anne Imhof |

The Founder of Del Vaz Projects expands his vision with the Frieze projects program, sited across Santa Monica and the Westside


BY Travis Diehl |

A store in Los Angeles’ Downtown bucks existing retail categories, inviting its visitors to ‘just take their time’

BY Eva Recinos |

Jay Ezra Nayssan shares insights into the Frieze Projects program putting contemporary art in dialogue with cultural sites across Santa Monica and beyond

BY Jay Ezra Nayssan |