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Frieze Masters Podcast

Nov 18, 2022

Frieze Masters presents this conversation with Amy Sherald, Ekow Eshun and Jenni Sorkin in partnership with Hauser & Wirth (@hauserwirth). The panelists discuss Sherald’s practice and the relevance of her work within the canon of historical portraiture. This episode also marks the release of the artist’s first substantial monograph by Hauser & Wirth Publishers, providing a unique insight into her work and studio practice, alongside newly-commissioned texts. 

"When I'm considering my Americanness, and my American story, I think farming and agriculture is essential to that. It's the reason that the US is a superpower. And it's the way that black families were able to sustain themselves. It was legacy, it was the way that we planted our seeds, it was the animals that we raised. It was something that we could not live without. And so to have all of that, taken away, is disappearing, those voices are disappearing."  Amy Sherald 

Amy Sherald (@asherald) documents contemporary African American experience in the United States through arresting, intimate portraits. Ekow Eshun (@ekoweshun) is a British writer, journalist, broadcaster, and curator. Jenni Sorkin (@jennisorkin) is an American art historian, curator and educator who writes on the intersections between gender, material culture, and contemporary art. 

About the Frieze Masters Podcast 

Exploring themes of identity, originality, geopolitics and Blackness through a historical lens, the new Frieze Masters Podcast is now available. Bringing together some of today’s most celebrated artists, art historians and curators, the podcast launches with the Talks programme from the 2022 edition of Frieze Masters – one of the world’s leading art fairs – and offers compelling insight into the influence of historical art on contemporary perspectives and creativity.