From giant pineapple structures to tentacle vases to being swallowed in blue light – this year’s Frieze London is a return to life with color, creativity and tranquility.
The international art fair is again in London’s Regent’s Park, together with Frieze Masters and with more than 40 galleries from around the world.
Art lovers will immerse themselves in topics like identity, race, architecture, climate change, technology, and more as they lose themselves in the hustle and bustle of the booths, exhibits, and artists.
After a period of pixelated exhibitions and virtual shows, the palpable energy of Frieze’s personal art is more welcome than ever.
What is Frieze London?
Founded in 2003 by entrepreneurs Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, Frieze London is a contemporary art fair that takes place every October in the heart of the city, Regent’s Park.
This year it runs from October 13-17, 2021.
The fair focuses on innovation and living artist work, while the Frieze Masters fair offers a contrast through historical art that was created before the year 2000.
There’s also Frieze Sculpture, a free display of distinctive, symbolic structures scattered across the English Garden.
The Frieze is considered one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs and attracts visitors from all over the world. This year’s guests included legendary artists Gilbert & George and Princess Beatrice.
What should I see at Frieze’s?
There are a variety of shows and exhibitions to explore inside (and outside) the tents of the fair, but one of the highlights is Unworlding, presented by Cédric Fauq, chief curator of the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux.
The powerful selection of works, including a video by Ndayé Kouagou entitled ‘You should only swallow your own liquid’, comes from “international artists whose practices revolve around the idea of the end of the world as we know it”, writes Frieze.
The Carl Freedman Gallery is home to Lindsey Mendick’s octopus-inspired ceramic work, while Frieze Masters is filled with millennial treasures, including a gilded copper fish flag from around 1700.
Technology also plays a big role in some of this year’s shows, with artist Damien Hirst’s series of digital reproductions and NFTs showcasing at The LG Space.
If you explore the English Garden, you will find fun and fantastic frieze sculptures like Untitled (Module 1 and 2) by Tatiana Wolska, which are made from cut and thermo-welded plastic bottles.
In pictures: Frieze London 2021
Carl Freedman Gallery, Frieze London 2021.
Matthew Marks Gallery, Frieze London 2021.
Artists Gilbert & George visiting Thaddaeus Ropac, Frieze Masters 2021.
A. Mohtashemi and a gilded copper fish around 1700, Frieze Masters 2021.
Ebun Sodipo, LIVE, Frieze London 2021.
Rose Wylie, Pineapple, 2020, presented by David Zwirner. Frieze sculpture 2021.
What’s next with the Frieze Art Fair?
Frieze Los Angeles will take place in Beverly Hills from February 17-20, 2022. This is followed by Frieze New York from May 18-22, 2022, then Frieze Seoul from September 2-5 in the Gangnam district.