Frieze London 2016 launches
The 14th edition of Frieze London has opened to the general public and will include work from Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor.
Today, the art fair is known among enthusiasts as one of the most important in the world, with numerous commercial art galleries selling the artwork of thousands of well-known and emerging artists.
With marquees scattered throughout Regent’s park, visitors will not be short of things to see at this art fair.
Frieze London will run from October 6th-9th, and hosts paintings and sculptures in many forms. As well as modern art, the fifth edition of Frieze Masters offers over a hundred galleries displaying older masterpieces.
With such a large variety of galleries on show, visitors are encouraged to plan their trip carefully. Some of the more popular exhibitions include internationally renowned institutions such as the Marian Goodman Gallery and the Gagosian Gallery.
London’s Victoria Miro gallery is also expected to be popular as its exhibits include a series of portraits of Jewish women by Chantal Joffe.
The Spotlight at Frieze Masters was curated by Toby Kamps and is dedicated to showcasing pioneering and under-recognised work by 20th century artists from around the world.
Here, visitors will find stunning calligraphic creations by Chinese artist, poet and curator Li Yuan-chia, which is presented by the Richard Saltoun Gallery. Female sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee’s artisanal pieces are also on display at the Mumbai’s Jhaveri Contemporary gallery.
At the Peckham Gallery stand, The Sunday Painter exhibition consists of pallets of industrial plasterboard, so heavy that the floor of the gallery had to be specially reinforced.
“The artwork is the concept of the work,” gallerist Will Jarvis told the Guardian.
“This [plasterboard] all goes back into the system from which it came. This is a diversion. Our booth here is an active depot, a diversion from the manufacturer. It is a dematerialised artwork, it never really existed.”
Titled Marsh Lane Diversion by Rob Chavasse, the masterpiece is on sale for £20,000 and involved the transportation of 576 sheets (13 tonnes) of plasterboard for public display.
“It’s not easy. But it’s very good,” said Mr Jarvis.
For those interested in 90s artwork, the art fair provides a special themed area, with exhibitions from this decade. It joins the regular sections Focus, which shows emerging artists and offers interactive exhibitions and participatory performances.
The Hauser & Wirth gallery offers visitors a fantasy studio containing works by artists Phyllida Barlow, Louise Bourgeois, Roni Horn and Martin Creed.
Neil Wenman, a senior director at the Hauser & Wirth gallery commented: “I visited so many studio spaces within museums, I started to realise there’s quite a high level of artistic licence used in the recreation of the spaces.
“This is very tongue in cheek. We are building fantasies and narratives for you to create your own stories.”