Female artists will be given their due at Frieze Masters 2023, the world’s leading art fair for Old Masters, Modern, and Post-War art. This shift in representation is a reflection of the growing recognition of the critical role that women have played in the art world throughout history.
Camille Morineau and AWARE (Archive of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions) are curators for Modern Women, a new sector at Frieze Masters this year. The solo exhibitions include artists working in a wide range of mediums between 1880-1980.
Modern Women Curation for Frieze Masters
In 2014, Camille Morineau, the former director of exhibitions and collections at La Monnaie de Paris, founded AWARE. This non-profit organization works to shed light on women artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The organization’s website provides a wealth of information on women artists, including biographies, exhibition histories, and critical essays. AWARE also organizes conferences and workshops, and publishes a quarterly journal.
Through this lens, the team curated the Modern Women exhibitions to highlight the diversity and creativity of female artists and challenge traditional narratives of art history that have often overlooked their contributions.
A few of the artists in a Modern Women exhibitions include Anna-Eva Bergman and Germaine Richier (presented by Perrotin), Émilie Charmy (presented by Galerie Bernard Bouche), Maria Lai (presented by M77), Faith Ringgold (presented by ACA Galleries), and Ethel Walker (presented by Piano Nobile).
The century from 1880 to 1980 was a time of significant change for women. The first wave of feminism swept through Europe and the United States, and the second wave began to take hold in the 1970s. These movements had a profound impact on the lives of women, and their art reflects this.
Modern Women explores the diverse viewpoints of female artists working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, textile, computer art, and photography. The exhibition breaks away from a linear understanding of modernism to present a more complex and nuanced view of women’s art in the 20th century.
Modern Women: Participating Artists and Galleries
Tarsila do Amaral – Presented by Almeida & Dale Art Gallery (São Paulo)
Anna-Eva Bergman and Germaine Richier – Presented by Perrotin (Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Dubai, Los Angeles)
Lisetta Carmi – Presented by Ciaccia Levi (Paris, Milan) and Galleria Martini & Ronchetti (Genoa)
Émilie Charmy – Presented by Galerie Bernard Bouche (Paris)
Kangja Jung – Presented by Arario Gallery (Seoul, Shanghai, Cheonan)
Maria Lai – Presented by M77 (Milan, Mallorca)
Vera Molnár – Presented by Vintage Galéria (Budapest)
Faith Ringgold – Presented by ACA Galleries (New York)
Paule Vézelay – Presented by England & Co (London)
Ethel Walker – Presented by Piano Nobile (London)
Faith Ringgold in Modern Women
Faith Ringgold is a master storyteller. Her paintings, sculptures, and quilts are rich with personal detail, historical anecdotes, and political commentary. She is a fearless artist who has never shied away from complex subjects, and her work is beautiful and offers a look into her life.
Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930. She studied art at City College of New York, and African art, Cubism, and Impressionism influenced her early work. However, she soon began to develop her unique style, drawing on her personal experiences and interest in social justice.
In the 1960s, Ringgold began to create paintings that explored the complexities of race and gender in America. Her work was often controversial as it reflected African-American life as it was experienced as opposed to a fable.
Ringgold began to create quilts in the 1970s. She saw quilting as a way to connect with her African-American heritage, and she used it to tell stories about her family and her life. Her quilts are often brightly colored and richly patterned, and they are full of humor and wit.
Frieze Masters Map
The focus on modern women artists at Frieze Masters 2023 is a positive sign of the changing landscape of the art world. It is essential to recognize the contributions of women artists to art history and to celebrate their work.
The exhibitions at Frieze Masters 2023 are a step in the right direction to raise awareness of the importance of modern women artists.
The map is marked for easier planning. Art fairs have yellow pins. Galleries and museums are blue pins with numbers.
Zoom into London, England, and pan over to the north side of the city center to find The Regent’s Park.
Frieze Masters is held on the north side of The Regent’s Park between the Gloucester Gate and the London Zoo.
▶ Art Galleries & Spaces in the United Kingdom
Addis Fine Art London
Aleph Contemporary Ltd
Alison Jacques Gallery
Almine Rech – London
Amanda Wilkinson Gallery
Annely Juda Fine Art
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Carl Freedman Gallery
Collective Ending HQ
Cooke Latham Gallery
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Cynthia Corbett Gallery
David Hill Gallery
Diba Art London
Ed Cross Fine Art
Frith Street Gallery
Galerie Max Hetzler
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Gazelli Art House
Goodman Gallery | London
HackelBury Fine Art Ltd
Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Hauser & Wirth
HOFA Gallery (House of Fine Art)
Jack Bell Gallery
Jack Shainman Gallery: The School
Janet Rady Fine Art Ltd
JD Malat Gallery
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
Lévy Gorvy Dayan – London
Long & Ryle Ltd
Lumitrix ‘The Studio’
Massimo De Carlo
Michael Hoppen Gallery
Modern Art – London Bury Street
Modern Art – London Helmet Row
Michael Werner Gallery London
New Art Projects London
Patrick Heide Contemporary Art
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Rabley Drawing Centre
Rhodes Contemporary Art
Sadie Coles HQ
Sid Motion Gallery
Simon Lee Gallery
Sprueth Magers London
Stephen Friedman Gallery
TASCHEN Store London
Taymour Grahne Projects
The Approach Gallery LLP
The Cob Gallery
The Hepworth Wakefield
The Modern Institute
The Paragon Press
Thomas Dane Gallery