Frieze Masters Talks 2016: Programme Announced
Leading artists, museum curators, writers and critics to discuss the history of art and its continuing significance in contemporary practice
Featuring Marlene Dumas, Gabriele Finaldi, Philippe Parreno, Alastair Sooke, Sheena Wagstaff and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Frieze Masters Talks explores the history of art and its significance in contemporary practice. The programme is co-curated for the first time by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts) and Jennifer Higgie (frieze & Frieze Masters Magazine). Frieze Masters Talks is supported by Gucci, Associate Sponsor of the fair.
What place does contemporary art have in historical museums – and vice versa? What role do fashion and gesture play in historical painting? Why did many giants of Western art – from Titian to Bourgeois – produce their most exciting work deep into old age? Taking place daily in the fair auditorium, this year’s programme will feature panel discussions exploring these questions, alongside intimate conversations between the world’s leading artists and curators.
Frieze Masters Talks are free for visitors to attend. Seats can be reserved from 11am on the day of each talk.
Thursday, 6 October
What place does contemporary art have in historical museums – and vice versa? An international panel of museum curators and directors will consider both the opportunities and pitfalls of mixing up the art of different eras.
Chair: Jennifer Higgie (co-editor frieze, editor Frieze Masters) with Okwui Enwezor (Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich), Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI, Rome) & Sheena Wagstaff (Leonard A. Lauder Chairman for Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
What role do fashion and gesture play in historical painting? The discussion will focus on a group of works selected by the panel from Frieze Masters.
Chair: Judith Clarke (Professor of Fashion and Museology, UAL, London) with panelists including Pamela Golbin (Chief Curator of Fashion and Textiles at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)
Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, Matisse and Louise Bourgeois: many of the giants of Western art arguably produced their most exciting work deep into old age. What are the reasons for this? At a time when our culture seems increasingly obsessed with youth, is there a contemporary corollary?
Chair: Alastair Sooke (Art Critic and Broadcaster) with Dr Xavier Bray (Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, incoming Director of The Wallace Collection, London), Emilie Gordenker (Director, Mauritshuis, The Hague) & Sam Smiles (Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth)