Frieze London: 5 things you must know
The 14th edition of Frieze London is already underway, officially beginning on October 6th, 2016. For those residing or just visiting the city, this spectacular art exhibition is not to be missed. Roughly 160 leading international art galleries are represented at the fair along with the work of more than 1,000 artists, all bringing their incredible uniqueness and talent to the exhibits and booths at the event.
The contemporary art fair is being held at the Regent’s Park, and includes tapestry by Grayson Perry, sculptures by Anish Kapoor, or even an ancient Cretan parade ground bronze helmet with detailed decorative engravings. Available for purchase at £20,000 is the one of a kind, and very heavy plasterboard by the gallerist Will Jarvis, called “The Sunday Painter.” The floor had to be reinforced especially to display this work.
Here’s a list of a few happenings at this year’s fair:
- The 1990s are back: To celebrate a quarter of a century of Frieze, a new section of the gallery “The Nineties” will look at ways the art scene has changed over the last 25 years, including recreating some of the major exhibitions that have taken place.
- The Sculpture Park: Head over to Regent’s park for a condensed hit of culture, with works by 19 major artists on display, including Claus Oldenburg, Ed Herring and Lynn Chadwick. The large-scale pieces will remain up until 8 January.
- Classics: Frieze is all about contemporary art, but the Frieze Masters fringe event showcases art from ancient times up to the late 20th century. There is with about 130 galleries showing older art.
- There is art everywhere: At Frieze, even the posters and invitations are art. Pablo Bronstein has taken various arches from around the world as the starting point for the Frieze literature, inspired by Sassetta’s San Sepolcro Altarpiece.
- Speakers: Names such as Jonny Woo and music producer Lee “Scratch” Perry will be in attendance, as well as many artists and curators.