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Frieze Week: Thursday Preview

Frieze Los Angeles opens for Preview Day: here’s your guide to some of the highlights

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Frieze Los Angeles opens today for its invitation-only Preview Day. As well as showcasing the finest works from the world’s leading galleries, don’t miss the extensive program of performances, talks and film screenings taking place across the fair.

For opening times and how to navigate the fair, head over to the visitor information page for Frieze Los Angeles.

At 3pm in the Sherry Lansing Theater, artnet presents: What Will the Art Gallery of the Future Do?, followed by the first Conversation on Patronage on "Supporting the Ephemeral", presented with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Allen Ruppersberg. Photo: Ryan Lowry

Allen Ruppersberg. Photo: Ryan Lowry

Don’t miss Mike Kelley’s landmark installation Unisex Love Nest (1999) shown in LA two decades since its inception, in the city where it was conceived, as well as Allen Ruppersberg among others at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, timed with the artist’s major Frieze Week show at the Hammer Museum, and seminal American painter Wayne Thiebaud’s solo presentation with Acquavella Galleries.

As part of Frieze Projects’s program, head from the fair tent to the New York Street backlot film set of Paramount Pictures Studios. Here, artists have created installations which exist in a disorienting atmosphere: you find yourself in two places at one – an artificial New York City within Los Angeles. Leading the path, stickers designed by Barbara Kruger prompt visitors with philosophical and ethical questions such as ‘Who will write the history of tears?’ and ‘Are there animals in heaven?’.

Shahryar Nashat, Mother on Wheels (Oro Grigio), 2018  Marble, powder-coated steel, and castor wheels 88 x 58 x 48 cm. Courtesy: the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Shahryar Nashat, Mother on Wheels (Oro Grigio), 2018  Marble, powder-coated steel, and castor wheels 88 x 58 x 48 cm. Courtesy: the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Look out for Shahryar Nashat’s marble sculpture, inspired by the pedestals the artist encountered at New York’s Frick Collection. Nashat reimagines them as an autonomous matriarchal presence. Inside a classic brownstone, Sarah Cain fills a generic domestic interior with an extensive painting installation alongside a new stained-glass piece. In addition to this, a custom chocolate created in collaboration with LA’s andSons will be offered to visitors each afternoon – a nod to one of the artist’s vices while at work.

Cayetano Ferrer, End Credits on Hollywood, 2012, billboard on Hollywood Boulevard, installation view from Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum and LAXART. Photo: C.F.

Cayetano Ferrer, End Credits on Hollywood, 2012, billboard on Hollywood Boulevard, installation view from Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum and LAXART. Photo: C.F.

Meanwhile, Cayetano Ferrer’s site-specific animated neon evokes the language of New York architecture and signage, playfully reimagining a diagram originally drafted by Sigmund Freud of his ‘psychical apparatus’.

Finally, head to the Paramount Theatre for screenings of films by Cécile B. Evans – the artist’s multidisciplinary practice addresses the intersection of human emotions and technological structures.

Check back during the week for more day-by-day guides to Frieze Los Angeles.

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Sarah Cain, Mountain Song, 2017, installation view, the Elk Lodge, Snowmass Mountain, organized by the Aspen Art Museum, 2017-2019. Courtesy: the artist

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