Viewing Rooms: 10 Frieze London Exhibitors Presenting Solo Shows by Black Artists

Victoria L. Valentine, Culture Type, October 15, 2020

WORKS BY BLACK ARTISTS are showcased in many of the gallery presentations at the London edition of the Frieze art fair this year. Several galleries mounted solo shows focused on artists such as Theaster Gates, Faith Ringgold, Lauren Halsey, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Ben Enwonwu (1917-1994). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, artworks were presented online in Frieze Viewing Rooms (free email registration required).


Frieze London 2020 was a largely virtual fair, a hybrid event with limited in-person programming and collector attention focused on exhibitor “booths” presented online. Although Frieze London 2020 was officially on view through Sunday, the art fair viewing rooms are open through Oct. 16, and many galleries have parallel viewing rooms on their own websites, most of which remain accessible for browsing beyond their “closing” dates.


The Frieze Viewing Rooms provide an opportunity to see a spectrum artworks for sale, by a range of artists, offered by an international slate of galleries. The online platform features enhanced viewing with detail images and installations views, as well as background information about the artists and their work. Most galleries also state asking prices. Others give price ranges or require potential buyers to “inquire” or access pricing information “on application’ (POA). A selection of 10 solo presentations follows:


DEWEY CRUMPLER | Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco/Brooklyn, N.Y.


In the Possessions section curated by Zoé Whitley, Dewey Crumpler, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, presented a survey of 1998 paintings exploring “the energetic power of the tulip, its interior and spiritual space,” which the artist has likened to African bodies in motion. ($40,000-$45,000)


Jenkins Johnson Gallery is also presenting works in the main section of Frieze by a selection of artists—Kwame Brathwaite, Lisa Corinne Davis, Jae and Wadsworth Jarrell, Rashaad Newsome, Blessing Ngobeni, Enrico Riley, Ming Smith and Aubrey Williams.