Frieze Art Fair is an international contemporary art fair that takes place every October in London’s Regent’s Park. The fair is staged by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, the publishers of frieze magazine.
Frieze Art Fair features more than 170 contemporary art galleries, and the fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.
Although staged for the purpose of selling work, the fair has become a cultural entertainment event and out of its 68,000 visitors it has been suggested that 80% attend purely to spectate. The fair also commissions artist projects and holds a programme of talks.
Frieze London 2015: Highlights
On 14 October, Frieze London and Frieze Masters will return to The Regent’s Park. 2015 promises to be another outstanding year for quality and innovation, with leading curators working across the fairs’ feature sections and programming
From the emerging to the iconic*: For the 13th edition, 164 galleries from 27 countries will present today’s most significant and exciting contemporary artists, in a bespoke structure designed by Universal Design Studio.
Featuring emerging talents and advised by curators Raphael Gygax (Migros Museum, Zurich) and Jacob Proctor (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago), the section will include an installation by Maria Pininska-Beres (David Radziszweski, Warsaw); a floor-based “water relief” by Samara Scott (The Sunday Painter, London) and a ceramic presentation by Jesse Wine (Limoncello, London).
Advised by Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor, the section includes: portrait sittings by Ken Kagami (Misako & Rosen, Tokyo); auditorium-based choreography by Edward Thomasson & Lucy Beech (Southard Reid, London); Xifopagas Capilares (1984) by Tunga (Galeria Franco Noero, Turin and Luhring Augustine, New York); and an intimate encounter by Amalia Ulman (Arcadia Missa, London).
Selected by Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and with free public access, the 16 featured artists include: Richard Serra (Peter Freeman, New York), Anri Sala (Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris & Marian Goodman Gallery, London), Seung-Taek Lee (Gallery Hyundai, Seoul), Carol Bove (David Zwirner, London), and a 11–14th century AD pre-Ekoi monolith from Western Africa (Didier Claes, Brussels).
This year’s programme, co-curated by Christy Lange (Associate Editor, frieze) and Gregor Muir (ICA, London) will include Tania Bruguera (artist and activist), Douglas Coupland (writer), Anicka Yi (artist), Adrian Searle (critic) and Metahaven (graphic design studio).
Frieze London’s non-profit curated programme, Frieze Projects is supported by LUMA Foundation, with additional support by Arts Council England. Curated by Nicola Lees, the seven participants in 2015 are: ÅYR; Lutz Bacher; castillo/corrales; Thea Djordjadze; Jeremy Herbert; Asad Raza; and Rachel Rose, winner of the 2015 Frieze Artist Award.
The Auditorium will see premieres of commissions for Frieze Film from: Charles Atlas; Xavier Cha; Gery Georgieva; and Thirteen Black Cats. Supported by Channel 4′s Random Acts, the commissions will be broadcast on Channel 4.
Frieze Artist Award
The winner of the second Frieze Artist Award, also supported by LUMA Foundation and which invites an artist to create a site-specific artwork at Frieze London under the auspices of Frieze Projects, is Rachel Rose. Rose will create a scale-model of the fair structure, in which lighting and sound design will simulate the sonic and visual sense frequencies of animals inhabiting The Regent’s Park. Concurrent with the fair, Rose is the subject of a solo exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery (1 October–8 November).
Presented with BMW and curated by Cecilia Alemani, commissions by Alicja Kwade, Xaviera Simmons and Sergei Tcherepnin are accessible at a listening station in the Frieze London BMW 7 Series Lounge.
For a seventh year, Champagne Pommery generously sponsor the Stand Prize. The 10,000 GBP prize is awarded to the most innovative gallery stand and is judged for 2015: Maria Balshaw (the Whitworth, Manchester); Bart van der Heide (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam); and Jens Hoffmann (Jewish Museum, New York).
Visitors to Frieze London will find Brunswick House, Caravan and Caravan-To-Go, Company Drinks, Gail’s Artisan Bakery; Ibérica, The Juice Well, Petersham Nurseries and Pizza Pilgrims.
New for 2015, the Reading Room will create a space for visitors to discover a curated selection of the world’s best arts publications. The Financial Times, frieze, Monocle, ArtReview + ReviewAsia; Artforum, The Art Newspaper, Even, The White Review and other publications will host an exciting schedule of events.
Allied Editions returns in a new location, presenting specially commissioned works of art from as little as 40 GBP. Featuring Camden Arts Centre; Chisenhale Gallery; Glasgow International; Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA); South London Gallery; Studio Voltaire; Serpentine Galleries; and Whitechapel Gallery, Allied Editions will host a programme of events during the fair.