Frieze Art 2017 London Art Week

5 October, 2017

WHERE: Regent’s Park

WHEN: October 5-8th

WHAT: When autumn leaves start to cover London street it means i’s time for the most awaited weekend of the year: it’s Frieze Art weekend! The include not only this huge and really well organized fair but a lot of appointments in all over the hottest galleries in London and amazing auctions ( something I’m really passionate about).

As an art lover, this weekend for me is a breath of fresh air ( especially after the month of fashion marathon). Is the time to get inspired, to discover what you missed and to understand the society. Just two days ago while I was in Venice, I run randomly into a Damien Hirst quotes: “ When I was a kid I ate pills thinking they were sweet and had to have my stomach pumped. I can’t understand why most people believe in medicine and don’t believe in art, without questioning either.”

 Art is probably one of the most misunderstood and overdo market from the majority. Art is not only one of the richest market nowadays, it’s is our history, our heritage… it’s a gift from people who are on a mission. Artists are capable of love, pain, terror, doubt and their power towards people us is outstanding.

But now let’s get back to Frieze. Founded in 2003, it has prided itself on being and art fair dedicated to contemporary art, a conversation made my new emerging artist and famous ones from the contemporary era. In 2012, the organization launched a complementary Frieze Masters, dedicated to artworks dating back the millennia. Nowadays they welcome more then 300 galleries and what is clear since some years, is that the critical dialogue and market trends are made by  a blurred distinction between what is old and what is new.


Hottest artist :

  • Alicia Kwade with new installation with Kamel Mennour (Paris) coinciding with Berlin- based artist’s standout inclusion in the Venice Biennale
  • Thomas Ruff and his solo presentation with Galerie Ruddier Schöttle ( Munich)
  • Hauser & Wirth (London) with “BRONZE AGE c.3500 BC – AD’ 2017” in collaboration with Mary Beard. Is a fictional presentation putting together pieces from a forgotten museum  and bronze sculptures by artist like Louise Bourgeois, Paul McCarthy

Special Section of 2017: SEX WORK – Feminist Art & Radical Politics

This section is a must seen  curated by Alison M.Gingeras and it features nine solo presentations of women artists working at the extreme edges, all sharing the focus of unexpected sexual iconography and combined, most of the time with radical political references. Something really curios is that actually, mostly all the galleries inside the fair,  seemed to have pieces that are kind of related to this theme making it even more topical

  • Judith Bernstein – The Box, LA and Karma International, Zurich
  • Mary Beth Eldelson ( David Lewis, New York)
  • Dorothy Iannone ( Air de Paris, Paris)

Frieze Masters:

  • Alexander Calder and Joan Miro’ show with Galerie Thomas (Munich)
  • “At work with Peter Blake”, a Waddington Custot’s (London) theatrical instillation
  • “Expressionism in Europe” curated by Dickinson (London) : from Edvard Munch to seminal Expressionists as Paul Klee and Max Oppenheimer

LOOK AROUND: Frieze weekend is not only about Frieze itself but all the city gets ready for it. Art is always about your personal feeling so let it lead you around. Fall in love, question yourself, find the answers you were looking for.

Here’s some of my favorite gallery in town:

Massimo De Carlo Gallery – 55 S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 2QH

Maddox Gallery – 9 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 2QE

Tanya Baxter Contemporary – 436 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ

Ben Brown Fine Arts– 12 Brook’s Mews, Mayfair, London W1K 4DG

Sotheby’s – 34-35 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1A 2 AA

Philipp’s – 30 Berkeley Square – Mayfair, London W1J 6EX

Photo Courtesy of Frieze Art

Credits: Cover:  Left: Der Bote, 1984 by Georg Baselitz ar Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac’s Frieze Masters; Right: Summer Moon, 2011, by Ugo Rondinone presented by Sadie Coles at Frieze Sculpture – Photo 1 : Details of Frieze architecture made by Universal Design Studio – Photo 2 : Tracey Emin on Thursday 5 waiting to sign her new book “Tracey Emin: Works 2007-2017” – Photo 3: Pettitoe by Jurgen Teller presented by Lehmann Maupin- Photo 4: work by Renate Bertlmann presented by Richard Saulton Gallery – Photo 5 : Untitled x2 by Kaws presented by Galerier Perrotin – Photo 6: Gazing Ball (Giotto The Kiss of Judas), 2015-16 by Jeff Koons presented by David Zwirner Gallery – Photo 7: Hauser & Wirth/Moretti Fine Art at Frieze Masters – Photo 8: – Photo 9: Big Be-Hide, 2017 by Alicja Kwade presented by Kamel Mennour at Frieze Sculpture

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