Focus 2017

Frieze London's section for younger galleries, advised by Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) and Fabian Schoeneich (Portikus, Frankfurt)


Courtesy of Antenna Space

Courtesy of Antenna Space

Bringing together 34 galleries from Cairo to Berlin, Focus features galleries aged 12 years or younger. Advised for the first time by Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) in collaboration with returning curator Fabian Schoeneich (Portikus, Frankfurt), highlights include:

  • Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) with a new installation by Anna Uddenberg whose uncanny figurative sculptures were a highlight of the Berlin Biennial 9 (2016);
  • Than Hussein Clark’s (VI, VII, Oslo) collaboration with the Couture Dressmakers Studio GAN in Rome to transform his booth into a bespoke fitting room and performance space, conjuring Paris of the 1920s and ‘30s. Fair visitors can book appointments to be fitted for clothes from the couture collection, personally served by Clark;
  • A new sculptural installation by Lloyd Corporation at Carlos/Ishikawa (London) entitled Bankrupt. Bulk buy. Liquidation. Repossession;
  • Emma Hart winner of the MaxMara Prize and the subject of major show at the Whitechapel Gallery, presenting ambitious new ceramic works (Sunday Painter, London); and
  • Various Small Fires (Los Angeles) recreating a site-specific variation of the seminal eco-artists The Harrisons’ ‘Survival’ series, inspired by research into adapting to climate change – collaborating with a local arborist to remake Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard (1972), in the context of Regents Park and post-Brexit Britain.

Galleries join for the first time from Egypt (Gypsum, Cairo), Peru (Revolver Galería, Lima) and South Africa (blank projects, Cape Town), offering a truly global overview of emerging talents. Other galleries making their Frieze London debut in Focus include, among others, Cooper Cole (Toronto), Emalin (London), Institutio de Visión (Bogotá), Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) and Union Pacific (London).

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