Frieze Masters Talks 2016

Frieze, London

September 30, 2016

October 6–9, 2016

The Regent’s Park

Featuring speakers including Judith Clark, Marlene DumasOkwui Enwezor, Gabriele Finaldi, Philippe ParrenoJames RondeauAlastair SookeSheena 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 (Co-Editor frieze & Editor 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, October 6

Noon: Philippe Parreno (artist) & Nancy Spector (Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum)

3pm: “Gods and Monsters: Contemporary Art in Historical Museums (and vice versa)”
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 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 Met, New York)

Friday, October 7

Noon: Carroll Dunham (artist) & James Rondeau (President and Eloise W. Martin Director, Art Institute of Chicago)

3pm: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (artist) & Gabriele Finaldi (Director, The National Gallery, London) 

5pm: Spotlight Panel: Art and Feminism(s) 
Chair: Alison M. Gingeras (curator & writer) with Nancy Grossman (artist) & Joan Semmel (artist)

Saturday, October 8

Noon: Marlene Dumas (artist) on portraiture with an introduction by Jennifer Higgie

3pm: “Gesture and Dress: The Fashionable Journey”
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: Tim Marlow with Judith Clark (curator) and Pamela Golbin (Chief Curator of Fashion and Textiles, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris)

Sunday, October 9

Noon: Cornelia Parker (artist) & Maria Balshaw (Director, the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries)

3pm: “Better Late than Never: On Late Style”
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 Xavier Bray (Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery), Emilie Gordenker (Director, Mauritshuis, The Hague) & Sam Smiles (Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth)

Visit to explore the full programme.