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Frieze Masters 2017 was successful.

Frieze Masters London 2017.

Frieze Masters London 2017.

Again extraordinary, the 2017 edition of Frieze Masters brought to London more than 130 top galleries from all over the world.

Additionally, the 2017 programme was enriched with curated sections for discovery and Frieze Masters Talks featuring top personalities.

At its sixth edition, Frieze Masters London 2017 presented significant settings and projects. It has been a full-bodied journey through the history of art, ranging from ancient books to contemporary art, passing through classical statues and great modern artists.

Frieze Masters once again coincides with Frieze London and Frieze Sculpture, together catalyzing the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar.

With contributions by eminent curators and world-class institutions on curated sections, programmes and vetting, Frieze Masters was dedicated to discovery and quality. The 2017 programme included the returning Spotlight section for rare solo presentations of 20th-century pioneers, as well as the Collections section, featuring specialist galleries with extraordinary art and objects. The celebrated Frieze Masters Talks programme also returned to the fair, curated this year by Tim Marlow and featuring artists Lynda Benglis and Marina Abramović alongside curators Eike Schmidt (Uffizi Gallery, Florence) and Luke Syson (The Met, New York), among others.

Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs said: ‘It is the extraordinary range and quality of work that defines Frieze Masters and we are thrilled to welcome back the world’s leading galleries, from Old Masters to antiquities, tribal and 20thcentury art. The fair has always been a place full of unexpected juxtapositions and new encounters and this year is no exception. The contributions of curators Toby Kamps, Tim Marlow and Sir Norman Rosenthal bring unique perspectives and insights into art history and how it continues to influence artists working today.’

The 2017 edition has seen the return of some of the world’s most significant galleries, together with new additions to the main section, and Andean textiles specialists in Collections.

Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, the celebrated Collections section continues to bring new types of work to the fair and showcase extraordinary artworks and objects spanning thousands of years.

Spotlight section was curated by Toby Kamps (Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston). It returned with 21 solo presentations by 20th-century artists from Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Toby Kamps said, ‘Spotlight continues to reveal extraordinary, under-recognized figures and, in the process, to question traditional canons and shed new light on recent art history.

Curated by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London), Frieze Masters Talks provides a platform for leading artists, museum curators, writers and critics to discuss the history of art and its continuing significance in contemporary practice.

This year’s programme features a series of conversations between artists and curators, as well as panel discussions exploring the aesthetics of display – juxtaposing contemporary and historical art.

Directors, curators, and patron groups from a record 230 international museums and other arts organisations attended. Highlights from across the world include trustees and patrons groups from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Louvre, Mauritshuis, Moderna Museet, Pinakothek der Moderne and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Dr. Eike Schmidt, Director, Gallerie degli Uffizi, commented: ‘Coming back to Frieze is a great opportunity to meet with colleagues and friends from the museum world, as well as gallerists, collectors and artists; and of course to see great art. Just the remarkable breadth of works at Frieze Masters and the combination between the stands makes it worthwhile coming each year.’

In addition to global lead partner Deutsche Bank, Frieze Masters 2017 partnered with BMW, Art Fund, the Financial Times, The Royal Parks, Official Champagne Ruinart and new partners, luxury property developers Lodha, Official Coffee Lavazza, and The Maybourne Hotel Group.

(This article firstly published on 27th December 2017).

Frieze Masters took place in Regent’s Park, London, from 4th to 8th October 2017.

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