French Touch at the Frieze Talks 2009 with Marie Darrieussecq and Agnès Varda

Art lovers, take note: an international line-up of respected artists, filmmakers, designers, curators and cultural commentators -which this year includes acclaimed French filmmaker Agnès Varda and bestselling author Marie Darrieussecq- will form part of Frieze Talks 2009, a daily programme of keynotes lectures, panel debates and discussions during Frieze Art Fair.

When and where?

  • The talks will take place every day in the Auditorium during Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 October, with panel debates at 12pm, discussions at 2.30pm and lectures at 5pm.
  • The program on Saturday 17 is of particular interest for everyone who loves French culture: at 2.30pm, acclaimed French novelist Marie Darrieussecq will talk about the names that have influenced her radical approach to writing and storytelling. At 5pm, Agnès Varda, undoubtedly one of the most original and renowned of the French “nouvelle vague” directors, will talk about her extraordinary life and work, from cinema to art.



  • According to Jennifer Higgie, co-editor of Frieze magazine, “Frieze Talks provides a great opportunity to engage with some of the most exciting artists, writers, filmmakers and designers working today”. All participants have been carefully selected by Frieze organisers and include acclaimed artist John Baldessari, the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Modern, and motivational speaker Alex MacPhail.
  • Debates and Keynotes will focus on some of the current debates surrounding contemporary art and will cover subjects such as: “Platitudes about Contemporary Art: popular and provocative but true?”, “What do artists know?”, “Have art and theory drifted apart?, amongst others

Access to Frieze Talks is included in the Frieze Art Fair admission tickets. For more information on Frieze Art fair and Frieze Talks 2009: For bookings: +44 (0)871 230 7159 or NB: Tickets bought before 1 October are discounted(£15 instead of £20 for one day/£40 instead of £60 for four days)..

Frieze Art Fair is sponsored by Deutsche Bank, Cartier and The Guardian.

Agnes Varda (photo by JL Gautreau) and John Baldessari (photo by Anna Baldessari)

Agnes Varda (photo by JL Gautreau) and John Baldessari (photo by Anna Baldessari)