Luminaries of 20th-century art, selected by Laura Hoptman

Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center in New York joins Frieze Masters to oversee the fair’s Spotlight section, featuring solo presentations by ground-breaking artists of the 20th century. Spanning painting, photography, sculpture, drawing and conceptual installations, highlights for 2019 include:

• Pioneering New York figures such as Ming Smith, the first African American female photographer to have her work acquired by the Museum of Modern Art; Gordon Parks, presented in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation, focusing on portraiture and Parks’ depiction of Black American experience from 1940-70; and Howardena Pindell, founding member of the feminist space A.I.R. with key works from the 1970s.

• Radical collectives such as General Idea, a collaboration between AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal from 1969-94 that stood in opposition to the idea of the artist as the individual genius; and Slovenian artist group OHO, who during the 1960s and ‘70s proposed a new world where there would be no hierarchical difference between people and things.

• Plus diverse and pioneering figures from around the world, such as German artist KP Brehmer, who found new ways to visualise global capitalism through political Pop Art; Maruja Mallo, a central figure in the Spanish group Generation of ’27 (alongside Salvador Dalí, Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel) with works touching upon Surrealism, mathematics, politics and gender; Bruno Munari, with an exhibition focusing on the artist’s experiments with light since the 1940s; and the first UK solo presentation by Jacqueline de Jong, following the avant-garde artist's major retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum (2019).