Everything You Need to Know About the Return of Frieze Los Angeles

As the massive art fair returns to Paramount Studios, here’s what to see and do

The basics

Frieze L.A. takes place February 14 to 16 at Paramount Studios under the tent at the Blue Sky Lot, with independent commissions spread throughout the neighboring city-street backlot. Tickets begin at $55 for adults for both the fair and backlot; $25 for the backlot alone. In the days leading up to and during the fest, galleries, arts institutions, and venues around the city will hold events, including concerts, panel discussions, and film screenings. More information at frieze.com.

Barbara Kruger has questions

The 75-year-old conceptual artist will be posting bold queries—“Is there life without pain?”—at art spaces and cultural venues around the city during Frieze Week. Some of the questions will be on huge banners (her piece Who Buys the Con? is splashed on the facade of NeueHouse Hollywood); others, on small stickers. No matter the size, they promise to be intriguing.


It’s a family affair

Two giants of the local scene, Betye Saar, 93, and her daughter Alison, 63, will beguile viewers with three shows. Alison’s sculpture Chaos in the Kitchen highlights the role of women as nurturers at L.A. Louver’s gallery space at the fair, while you can get a glimpse of her graphic work at L.A. Louver’s Venice gallery. Meanwhile, Betye’s LACMA show, Call and Response,
remains on view.

Hollywood will be called out

On the Paramount back lot, L.A. artist Vincent Ramos is erecting an installation examining the portrayal—or lack thereof—of the Mexican and Latino experience in studio filmmaking. 


There’s something for Trekkies

Also on the back lot, multidisciplinary artist Channing Hansen is putting up a Star Trek-inspired installation that examines the history of science and technology through a variety of media.

There will be free air

Commissioned by R.U.in.Art, David Horvitz will be distributing glass vials of authentic L.A. air at the fest. Titled Air de LA, it’s an homage to legendary artist Marcel Duchamp’s 1919 work 50 cc Air de Paris. It might sound a tad ridiculous, but unlike the banana that fetched $120,000 at Art Basel Miami Beach last year, the air vials will be free.

Cowboys go artin’

Because nothing says “art fair” like outlaw country-western music, legendary Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band will perform February 15 and 16 at Zebulon in Frogtown. Allen’s conceptual art runs the gamut from video sculpture to bronze gargoyles, but his music is more down home.


 Someone will win 10 grand

One talented young filmmaker from the award-winning nonprofit Ghetto Film School will be awarded $10,000 as part of the inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award. After undergoing a rigorous winnowing and three months of intensive training, ten finalists will be judged by a panel including artist Doug Aitken and curator Hamza Walker. The short films, all making their world pre-miere, focus on L.A.’s
cultural landscape. 

Form meets function
Louis Vuitton will have a presence at the fair, with its Objets Nomades collection, a line of furniture and home decor items created in collaboration with internationally recognized designers.

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