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Frieze Appoints Toby Kamps as Curator of Spotlight Section


Toby Kamps.


Earlier today Frieze announced the appointment of Toby Kamps as the new curator of the fair’s Spotlight section, dedicated to solo presentations of work by under-appreciated artists from the 20th century. In his new role, Kamps will select and advise galleries for the next edition of Spotlight at Frieze Masters in London, from October 6 to 9.

Kamps also currently serves as curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection, in Houston, where he’s helped organize solo exhibitions of artists including Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Vanessa Beecroft, Danny Lyon, and Wols, among others.

In a statement, Frieze fairs director Victoria Siddall commented on Kamps’s appointment, noting, “Toby brings with him a vast range of academic and museum experience, devising solo and thematic shows at many of the world’s most influential institutions, and it is an honour to welcome him to the Frieze team.”

Kamps expressed his own enthusiasm about his new position, adding, “Spotlight has been a revelation for me—a place for discovering alternative and little-known histories of international 20th-century art … I’m looking forward to bringing new attention to artists outside of the mainstream and to rarely seen bodies of work by established figures in order to tell a fuller story of art in a globalized age.”

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