Friday at Frieze Los Angeles

Unmissable performances, films, artist projects and gallery presentations on the second Preview Day of the fair

Friday February 14 is the second Preview Day of the fair and also Valentine's Day! Here is our guide to highlights inside the gallery tent and across the curated program in the backlot.

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Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Focus LA in the Gallery Tent
New for this year, Focus LA is a feature section showcasing 13 of the best emerging galleries in LA. Given it's Valentine's Day, don't miss Gladys Nilsson’s paintings examining themes of sexuality and gender often depicting characters performing domestic rituals or engaging in acts of voyeurism (Parker Gallery). Other highlights include Greg Ito's immersive installation with dream-like paintings with dense personal symbolism and imagery referencing to family histories, time, love, loss and hope, as well as timely political themes of flooding and rising tides (Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles); and new monochromatic, with-on-white paintings by Takako Yamaguchi, coinciding with the artist's exhibition ‘Pattern and Decoration‘ at MOCA (as-is.la, Los Angeles).

Beyond the gallery tent, a whole world of art, culture - and food - awaits in the Paramount Backlot.

Frieze Projects in the Backlot
Explore immersive installations by 16 international artists, installed around the New York City filmset in the backlot. Lorna Simpson’s Momentum is a two-channel video featuring a group of African American ballet dancers addressing issues of gender, identity, memory and representation. A new commission for the fair, Vincent Ramos' Wolf Songs for the Dead t borrows the title from the Paramount silent film Wolf Songs (1929) and investigates the representation of Chicanos within Hollywood production. Gary Simmons also restages his ‘backdrop’ paintings, first conceived in 1992 by his interest in Black authorship and self-fashioning, inviting participants to pose for a photograph in front of them.

Gary Simmons for Frieze Projects, Los Angeles 2020

Gary Simmons for Frieze Projects, Los Angeles 2020

Eat!
The backlot is full of possibilities for eating and drinking, from Roberta's pizza to Umi. Next to the gallery tent in the Paramount Dining Room, Chef Ari Taymor from Little Prince LA has designed a special menu for guests to enjoy. Reserve a table in advance to avoid disappointment by emailing diningroom@paramount.com.

Conversations on Patronage in the Sherry Lansing Theatre
The fair's celebrated program of conversations between collectors, civic leaders and gallerists launches today, with panels on philanthropy led by Destination Cranshaw (12-1pm), Los Angeles County Art & Culture (1:30-2:30pm), Calarts (3-4pm) and Rhizome (4.30-5pm). 

Frieze Film in the Paramount Theatre
Take a break from the fair in the iconic Paramount film theatre, and experience inspirational program of screenings curated by Venus Lau. Watch video by leading contemporary artists ITEM IDEM and Yang Fudong from 11am, followed at 12:45 by a rare feature screening of Akira (Otomo Katsuhiro, 1988).

Artist Performances and Street Fair in the Backlot
Performances by Naama Tsabar (1-1.20pm & 6-6.20pm) and Patrisse Cullors (2-3pm) continue in the backlot of Paramount, along with special events hosted by non-profit organisations in the artist street fair.

First Release Tickets for Frieze Los Angeles are now sold out. Second Release Tickets are now available and are very limited, so grab yours today before they sell out! Tickets are only available online and will not be available at the door.