FRIEZE MASTERS 2015 // stand b10
Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 October 2015
The gallery of everything returned to the frieze masters with two important bodies of work exhibited for the first time in the uk. the main room displayed over a dozen rare large-scale drawings by mexican-american artist martín ramírez (1895-1963). cited as one of the greats of 20th century art by critic roberta smith, this self-taught draughtsman is recognised as an unsung hero of american modernism. exhibitions include: reframing confinement at reina sofia, madrid (2010) curated by lynne cooke; and the shadow of the avant-garde at museum folkwang, essen (2015), curated by kaspar könig. The installation also featured the last and most monumental work to be produced by the artist.
the side room focussed on unexhibited watercolours by turn-of-the-century bohemian figuratist josef karl rädler (1844-1917). a porcelain painter by profession, rädler spent his latter years documenting the lives of fellow patients at a pioneering open-air psychiatric clinic outside vienna. his delicate portraits were rediscovered in the 1960s by dr leo navratil, the visionary director of the gugging art studio, and represent a compelling addition to the art history of modern europe. exhibitions include: madness and modernity at the wellcome collection, london (2009) and the Wien Museum, Vienna (2010).