Celebrating 20 Years of Frieze London with 20 Frieze London and Frieze Masters Picks

Gillian Wearing, My Charms, 2021. Bronze chain, 3D-printed objects, and mixed media. Courtesy Maureen Paley


By PAUL LASTER, October 19, 2023

Celebrating Frieze London’s 20th anniversary, we searched the aisles of the 2023 editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters to choose our favorites works at the two Regent Park art fairs. Solo standouts included Sophie von Hellermann’s transformation of Pilas Corrias’ booth into a carnivalesque fantasy based on Dreamland, Margate’s iconic funfair, at Frieze London and Arlene Shechet’s presentation of brilliantly colored and richly textured sculptures and cast paper vessels at Pace for “Part of Studio,” a dedicated section of the Frieze Masters curated by Sheena Wagstaff. Meanwhile, in group exhibitions, Remedios Varo’s 1959 surreal painting Apártalos que voy de paso was a show-stopper at Gallery Wendi Norris at Frieze Masters; Reza Aramesh’s hand-carved and polished Carrara marble head caught our eye at Dastan’s Frieze London booth; and Josh Smith’s giant bronze of the grim reaper in Frieze Sculpture and tabletop edition of it at David Zwirner in Frieze London got us anticipating Halloween weeks ahead of time.

Scroll through the images below to see these works of art and our other Frieze London and Frieze Masters picks. WM

 Sophie von Hellermann, Unguarded Moment, 2023. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Pilar Corrias

Mark Manders, Night Scene, 2023. Painted canvas, painted ceramic bricks, painted wood, iron. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

 Virginia Chihota, Sarai ndaenda (So long I am leaving), 2022. Serigraphy on canvas. Tiwani Contemporary

Kangja Jung, Untitled, 1980. Wax-resist dyeing on cloth (Batik Painting). Courtesy Arario Gallery

Ethel Schwabacher, Untitled, c. 1950. Oil on linen. Courtesy Berry Campbell

Remedios Varo, Apártalos que voy de paso, 1959. Gouache on Bristol board. Courtesy Gallery Wendi Norris

Georg Baselitz, Gelbes Bein/Yellow Leg, 1993-2021. Patinated bronze and oil color. Edition of 9. Courtesy White Cube


 Zenzaburo Kojima, Red Pines on the Hill, 1934. Oil on canvas. Nonaka-Hill

 Arlene Shechet, Vernal Equinox: Together, 2023. Glazed ceramic, powder coated steel. Courtesy Pace


 Erin O’Keefe, Silver Twist , 2023. Unique archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag mounted to aluminium, framed. Seventeen


Reza Aramesh, Action 239: Study of the Head as Cultural Artefacts, 2023. Hand carved and polished Carrara marble. Dastan


Mimmo Rotella, Buon Compleanno, 1955. Mixed paper and paint on jute. Courtesy Cardi


Josh Smith, Little Friend, 2023. Patinated bronze. Edition 1 of 5, 2 AP. Courtesy David Zwirner


I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih (Murni), Untitled, 1995-2000. Coconut Wood. Courtesy Gajah Gallery


Marguerite Humeau, Russian Thistle Spins, 2023. Wind, zinc-passivated recycled steel, glass, hand-carved hardwood, bronze roots. Courtesy Clearing


Markus Lüpertz, Nach Goya - Grauer Rock (After Goya – Gray Rock), 2002. Mixed media on canvas in artist's frame. Courtesy Michael Werner


Evelyne Axell, Autoportrait, 1969. Enamel on plexiglass. Courtesy Marlborough


Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Cholita, Te Veo, 2023. Aquarelle, graphite on paper dipped in beeswax. Courtesy Sprovieri


Koak, Date Night, 2023. Flashe and acrylic on canvas. Union Pacific



Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



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