Frieze Los Angeles plans 2023 art fair at Santa Monica Airport to be its largest ever: 100 booths, 600 works of art, 100 artists, 100 galleries, 100 educational programs, all in one place.
Frieze Los Angeles, an arts organization that brings innovative art exhibitions, lectures, films and performance to the city, has signed a lease for the 10,000-square-foot hangar at the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in Santa Monica, on the city’s west side.
The fair is scheduled to open Nov. 27 and offer three exhibition halls, the first of which will be a dedicated arts area that will be set aside for contemporary art exhibitions. The other two halls, which each will have four main galleries, will be dedicated to temporary installations, or “installations” for short periods of time.
“We have the very best space in the world,” said Amy Mott, Frieze L.A. president. “They have this great space for us to do three-dimensional, interactive experiences as well as a real space for art.”
The lease with the airport is a 10-year agreement that takes effect on Sept. 29, 2019, with the chance of renewing each of the next two years. The fair is projected to draw about 25,000 people, according to Mott.
Mott said she and Frieze L.A. would like to increase the size of the fair each year, and they hope to add a fourth main gallery in the future.
“We’re just very excited by the prospect of having all this art on display in one space,” Mott said.
Frieze L.A.’s lease with the airport is a 10-year agreement that will take effect on Sept. 29, 2019, with the chance for a renewed lease the next two years, Mott said. (Steve Schofield / Los Angeles Times)
The fair will also feature a performance schedule in three galleries for the first