Sotheby’s Guide to LA Frieze Week

Sotheby’s has previewed Frieze Los Angeles, which takes place from February 29th – March 3rd, 2024 at Santa Monica Airport.

The fair returns to Santa Monica Airport for its fifth edition with new public spaces, a new Focus curator, and new local and international exhibitors.

A Letter from Sotheby’s Elizabeth Beaman, Senior Vice President, Head of Southern California, said:

“Los Angeles has truly become the other art world capital of the United States. While L.A. has always had a rich cultural scene fueled by incredible arts programs, outstanding arts faculty and generation after generation of artists settling in California, perhaps there is no more important week on the calendar than what is now dubbed ‘Frieze Week.’

On February 29th we will open our private selling exhibition of Damien Hirst: Forever & Always. While he is oft considered Britain’s best-known artist, there is a sensibility to his work that is decidedly within the Los Angeles aesthetic.

In addition to our private selling exhibition, we are hosting a special auction to benefit the Iovine and Young Center for High School Education Benefit. Featuring 11 works by some of today’s most sought after Contemporary artists, the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Iovine and Young Center as they work towards revolutionizing education, dismantling systemic barriers, and transforming lives.

I look forward to meeting you and we look forward to welcoming you into our Beverly Hills galleries during Frieze week.”


Sotheby’s Los Angeles will be presenting a solo exhibition of the works by Britain’s most recognisable artist, Damien Hirst (see top of page). At the heart of Hirst’s oeuvre lies a profound contemplation of life, death, and the human condition. The unmistakable tension between beauty and mortality, chaos and order, is palpable in every piece. From iconic sculptures and installations to mesmerizing paintings, his work captivates your senses and spark contemplation on the profound nature of existence. Eye-catching geometry and playful use of color define some of Hirst’s best-known works, though his underlying preoccupation for the grotesque is always present. Throughout his career, Hirst has continuously pushed boundaries through his artistic experimentation, both shocking and engaging the art world. With Hirst’s unparalleled vision, each piece tells a story, blurring the lines between art and the profound mysteries of life.

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For Frieze Los Angeles 2024, Art Production Fund will be presenting the on-site public program ‘Set Seen’, featuring works that speak to constructed environments and how they relate to our perception of reality and understanding of space. These projects are in dialogue with the rich history of set design in Los Angeles and specifically the role that set designers played in camouflaging the former Douglas Aircraft Company factory at Santa Monica Airport. This program is free to the public, and select projects will remain on view through April 7th, 2024.

Sharif Farrag, Rat Race, 2024

As an Angeleno, Sharif Farrag perceives the relationship between himself and his car as more than a mere tool for transportation. The car is akin to a secondary home, a reliable friend, and a means of survival. While working in food delivery, Farrag spent extensive hours in his car, considering it an extension of his soul. In this project, he aims to transform R/C cars into embodiments of the human experience, envisioning them as a post-human representation that reflects our societal shift toward unity with technology.

Beyond the modification of R/C cars in imaginative forms, Farrag will organize races to take place on the central sports fields during Frieze. These races serve as an allegory for the “Rat Race” of competition and capitalism, symbolizing the relentless cycle of survival, work, and money that many endure. Drawing inspiration from the 2001 movie “Rat Race,” Farrag introduces humor and creativity as a lighthearted approach to alleviate the stress associated with competition.

Pippa Garner, Beauty 2000

Following her satirical catalogs of the 1980s, Pippa Garner’s Beauty 2000 amplifies the absurdity of the beauty industry with over-the-top skincare and cosmetic routines. Originally created in 1992, the zine is a playful exploration of unconventional beauty hacks. Through diagrams and detailed instructions Garner interacts with her audience, delving into personal experiences while challenging our built perceptions of consumerism and aestheticism.

The zine has been specially published for Frieze Los Angeles 2024, as part of Frieze Projects: Set Seen curated by Art Production Fund and is free to the public. The zine was digitized by artist Megan Plunkett in 2021. With many thanks to Sara O’Keeffe and Julia Meyer.

Association of Professional Art Advisors’ Top 10 Picks from Frieze Viewing Room Los Angeles 2024
Ten members of the renowned professional body choose works from the Frieze Viewing Room, including a sensational late 1960s Alma Thomas and an outstanding woven piece by Jeremy Frey.

Whitney Bedford, Veduta (Vuillard Jardins Publics), 2023–24 (above)

Nine oil and ink on hybrid panels, 214.63 x 852.93 x 5.08 cm overall. Presented by Vielmetter Los Angeles$250–$500k 

“In Veduta (Vuillard Jardins Publics), Whitney Bedford has taken a classic work of art and melded it into a contemporary work with sensitivity and care. The mood is gentle and serene, just as you experience with a Vuillard. I like the use of color—unexpected and even violent—but it meshes easily with the overall work.” Clarice Pecori Giraldi 

Louise Bonnet, Pearls, 2024

Oil on linen, 76 cm × 102 cm. Presented by Galerie Max Hetzler. Sold.

Louise Bonnet, “Pearls”
Louise Bonnet, Pearls, 2024. Oil on linen, 76 cm × 102 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Max Hetzler

“This introspective and surreal painting by Louise Bonnet resonated with the entire team at LSS Art Advisory. The Swiss artist, who calls Los Angeles home, skillfully navigates nuanced art historical references while making paintings that are distinctly of the moment. In Pearls, Bonnet revisits the enduring theme of vanity as her iridescent, hunched figure gazes at its reflection in the shell-like vessel, an opulent pearl necklace materializing from the back of the figure’s neck. Bonnet pays homage to influences such as Caravaggio, whose own Narcissus seems eerily present in her dramatically-lit composition. Like any great work of art, Bonnet’s painting raises more questions than it answers.” Laura Smith Sweeney

Andrea Bowers, The Dead Silence of Extinction (Moloka’i Creeper, last confirmed sighting 1963, HI, scientific specimen preserved at Auckland Museum’s Natural History Collection), 2023

Graphite and soft pastel on paper, 38.1 × 56.52 cm. Presented by Vielmetter Los Angeles$20k–$50k

ANDREA BOWERS, The Dead Silence of Extinction (Moloka'i Creeper, last confirmed sighting 1963, HI, scientific specimen preserved at Auckland Museum’s Natural History Collection)
Andrea Bowers, The Dead Silence of Extinction (Moloka’i Creeper, last confirmed sighting 1963, HI, scientific specimen preserved at Auckland Museum’s Natural History Collection), 2023. Graphite and soft pastel on paper, 
38.1 × 56.52 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles; photo by Brica Wilcox 

“This subtle, detailed, pencil and pastel drawing by artist and activist Andrea Bowers, The Dead Silence of Extinction (Moloka’i Creeper, last confirmed sighting 1963, HI, scientific specimen preserved at Auckland Museum’s Natural History Collection), draws from images of extinct bird specimens from the aforementioned museum’s collection to illustrate the precarious nature of our present world. Having just viewed similar poignant drawings in Bowers’ exhibition “Exist, Flourish, Evolve” at MoCa Cleveland, where the artist tackles environmental concerns head on (Bowers grew up on Lake Erie, OH), I could not help but be inspired and hope for a brighter world. The fragile nature of our ecosystem and the impact on wildlife are a continued throughline in Bowers’ work, beckoning us all to take urgent note and care for our planet.” Joanne Cohen 

Jordan Casteel, Naima’s Gift (Deon, Kym and Noah), 2023

Oil on canvas, 238.76 cm × 203.2 cm. Presented by Casey Kaplan Gallery. Price on application

JORDAN CASTEEL, Naima’s Gift (Deon, Kym and Noah), 2023
Jordan Casteel, Naima’s Gift (Deon, Kym and Noah), 2023. Oil on canvas, 238.76 × 203.2 cm. Courtesy of Casey Kaplan Gallery 

“One of the highlights of Frieze Los Angeles 2024 will be the first solo presentation of Jordan Casteel’s work on the West Coast. Reflecting on her move from the city to the country, this large-scale portrait Naima’s Gift (Deon, Kym and Noah), 2023 is full of sunlight and happiness. Kicking a foot and a direct gaze towards us, the toddler is nestled in the sweet embrace of his parents in a garden they built. The expressive intimacy between the artist and her subjects, the tangible warmth and glory of the garden on a summer day, make this one of the must-see paintings at Frieze Los Angeles.” Lisa Marie Marks 

Jeremy Frey, Duality, 2024

Ash, sweetgrass, synthetic dye and granite, 36.53 × 34.62 × 34.62 cm. Presented by Karma. $50k–$100k 

Jeremy Frey, Duality
Jeremy Frey, Duality, 2024. Ash, sweetgrass, synthetic dye and granite, 36.53 × 34.62 × 34.62 cm. Courtesy of Karma

“Over the past few years there has been a tremendous focus and interest in both craft and Native American artists. Artists such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Kay WalkingStick and Jeffrey Gibson have each had high-profile exhibitions at museums and international venues around the globe. Thus, it is exciting to see the traditional basket-weaving practice of artist Jeremy Frey receiving the attention so well deserved. Frey was born in Maine on the Passamquoddy Indian Township Reservation. Frey’s mastery of weaving is most evident in the stunning vessels and urns he has received global attention for well beyond the craft community. His work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions including at the deCordova Museum, Portland Museum of Art and Smithsonian Art Museum. I am extremely excited to see Karma’s stunning Frey on view at Frieze Los Angeles.” Erica Barrish 

Sheila Hicks, Only snow can save us, 2013–2023 

Linen, cotton and silk, 120 × 60  × 50 cm. Presented by Galerie Frank Elbaz. $380,000 

Shelia Hicks, “Only snow can save us”
Sheila Hicks, Only snow can save us, 2013/23. Linen, cotton and silk, 120 × 60 × 50 cm. Courtesy of galerie frank elbaz, photo by Claire Dorn

“When a particular art form or movement experiences a surge of interest, I always find myself drawn to explore the work of its pioneers. In the realm of contemporary textile art, which has garnered significant attention in recent years, Sheila Hicks emerges as one of the trailblazers. Hicks reshaped and elevated this medium through decades of exploration with new materials and techniques and has inspired countless artists to push the boundaries of textile art.  Her extensive travels have allowed her to draw inspiration from a diverse range of cultures and traditions. This cross-cultural aspect and her deep connection to nature, remain significant themes in her art that I deeply admire. The influence of organic forms is strikingly evident in this very elegant piece. With its signature twisted ropes, harmonious color accents and sculptural presence, it effortlessly adds sophistication to its surrounding space, showcasing the mastery of Hicks’s work.” Ellen de Schepper 

Louise Lawler, It hurts2007/08 

Silver dye bleach print on museum box 56.5 × 47.9 cm. Presented by Sprüth Magers. Sold.

Louise Lawler, “It hurts”
Louise Lawler, It hurts, 2007/08. Silver dye bleach print on museum box 56.5 × 47.9 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sprüth Magers 

Louise Lawler is one of the most important conceptual artists of our time but not one to seek the spotlight. Discreet, poetic and often witty, she plays within and against the art world to question our concepts of value, politics of the art market and those of society more broadly. It hurts is a perfect example: Lawler often makes photographs of other artists’ work in various settings and stages of progress through their lifecycle. Here she captures Jenny Holzer’s “Redaction Painting” series which represents declassified documents on the American government’s activity; the title sets the tone for the emotional context. Holzer’s works were ready to be installed for their dual exhibition in Paris at Yvon Lambert Gallery, which was at the forefront of contemporary art in Paris for decades. On a technical note, the silver-dye bleach printing technique used for the print produces beautifully rich and, importantly, very stable images, avoiding the conservation issues of other photographic techniques.” Hailey Widrig 

Paulo Nimer Pjota, Árvore da vida, 2023

Acrylic, oil and tempera on canvas, 209.6 × 161.93 cm. Presented by Mendes Wood DM. $20k–$50k

PAULO NIMER PJOTA, Árvore da vida, 2023
Paulo Nimer Pjota, Árvore da vida, 2023. Acrylic, oil and tempera on canvas, 220 × 162 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels, Paris, New York

Árvore da vida (Portuguese for ‘Tree of Life’) is a great example of the kind of work that Brazilian artist Paulo Nimer Pjota is making right now—more of which can be seen at his successful exhibition currently on view at Mendes Wood DM in Tribeca. In this layered and subtly complex work, Pjota delights us with an enlivened painting that walks the line between the past and present. Elements are simultaneously studied and spontaneous, serious and playful in a curious amalgamation of art historical themes such as surrealism, color-field painting and still life. One cannot escape the reference to Matisse’s Harmony in Red, where here, too, space is seemingly both real and imagined. Often juxtaposing characters, vessels and gourds drawn from pre-Columbian, African and classical Greek art with cartoons, superheroes and graffiti tags collected from contemporary life, Pjota’s work grapples with understanding human expression in an age where we are inundated with images and information.” Laura Solomon 

Rose B Simpson, Heights I, 2022

Patinated bronze and wire, 215.9 × 40.6 × 24.1 cm. Edition of ten plus two artist’s proofs (AP 1/2). Presented by Jessica Silverman. $300,000 

ROSE B. SIMPSON Heights I, 2022 Patinated bronze and wire
Rose B Simpson, Heights I, 2022. Patinated bronze and wire, 215.9 × 40.6 × 24.1 cm. Courtesy of Jessica Silverman

“I am looking forward to seeing Rose B. Simpson’s bronze sculpture Heights I on Jessica Silverman’s booth. It is an exciting time for the artist, who was recently  included in group exhibitions at MASS MoCA and the Hood Museum, Dartmouth, as well as a solo exhibition at the ICA Boston where the ceramic original of this sculpture was displayed. The deep, vacant eyes of this androgynous figure seem to embody a deep ancestral wisdom, reinforced by their unwavering stance. Heights I incorporates a totemic appendage upon the figure’s head—perhaps a metaphysical attribute of spiritual ascension that links us to the past. Simpson’s figure began as a ceramic, so the intimate gestures of the artist’s hand are present in the bronze casting, which I love! I can’t wait for Simpson’s future endeavors, which include participation in next month’s Whitney Biennial curated by Chrissie Iles with Min Sun Jeon and Beatriz Cifuentes.” Anne Bruder  

Alma Thomas, Untitled, c.1968

Acrylic on canvas, 99.1 × 35.6 cm. Presented by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. $1m or above

ALMA THOMAS Untitled, c.1968
Alma Thomas, Untitled, c.1968. Acrylic on canvas, 99.1 × 35.6 cm. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York

“Alma Thomas’s Untitled acrylic on canvas is a glorious example of her work. Her love of nature is celebrated and on full display. Her supreme mastery is evident in each brushstroke. This shimmering composition is an explosion of color. The fractals of ultramarine blue and violet unite the warm tones on the left and the cooler tones on the right.  The lyrical composition and fluidity of the water-based paint allow for numerous hues of each color.  The pattern is reminiscent of the phenomenon that we observe in nature, like the reflection of light on water.” Nancy Chaikin

About Frieze Viewing Room

Open to all from February 22–March 8, Frieze Viewing Room is the online catalog for Frieze Los Angeles 2024, offering visitors a preview of the wealth of gallery presentations at the fair, as well as the chance for audiences around the world to connect with galleries and acquire artworks.

February 29-March 3, 2024. The invitation-only preview day will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024. The fair will be open to the public from March 1-3, 2024.
Thursday Preview, February 29 (invitation only): 10am – 7pm
Friday Preview, March 1: 11am – 7pm
Saturday, March 2: 11am – 7pm
Sunday, March 3: 11am – 6pm Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time on each day.
The fair will take place at Santa Monica Airport. The address for satellite navigation or online directions is: 3027 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, 90405

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