3rd – 6th October
It’s this time of the year again. For those in the art world, it means VIP parties, BMW limos, and the gossip spreading with the speed of sound through the booths in an enormous white tent in Regent’s Park. That’s right. It’s Frieze again.
Since the last year’s editions, the art galleries had started looking for alternatives to the UK. The Brexit date is approaching and big art galleries such as David Zwirner and White Cube have already announced opening their new locations outside of the country. Unsurprisingly, the uncertainty over the UK leaving the European Union soon does not affect the moods in the fair, which presents an eclectic and vibrant mix of art by some of the best modern and contemporary artists.
Approaching the Frieze tent on a cold morning, I decided to start off in the far end, in the blue and purple sectors. These booths are cheaper, consequently occupied by smaller galleries, which dare to present more daring artists. Within the space, I find some real gems and some fresher art. Although the overall quality of displayed works is, as usual, very high, Frieze this year is less surprising than the last few years’ editions.
Below you can see my top picks from the fair.
80M2 Livia Benavides: Elena Tejada-Herrera
Galerie Tanja Wagner: Kapwani Kiwanga
Simon Lee Gallery: Donna Huanca
David Nolan Gallery: Jonathan Meese
Union Pacific: Urara Tsuchiya
Seventeen Gallery: Larry Achiampiong and David Blandy
Aike Gallery: Tang Dixin
Koppe Astner: Kris Lemsalu