Frieze Art Fair is the world’s leading contemporary art fair. It started in London in 2003 and has since added New York and LA to its editions.
Its a tricky fair in one sense as its hugely overwhelming – the sheer amount of art, people and activity prevents me from really taking the time to engage with new work (nearly 70,000 visitors each year!). On the other hand, it brings together leading galleries who showcase work by fascinating and challenging artists, so its the best place to discover new work…. swings and roundabouts… I actually really enjoy the London fair and since they added Frieze Masters in a neighbouring marquee, I often spend two days there exploring the vast array of works from international galleries. Theres a fantastic arts programme with special projects and talks – full details are announced on their website in the lead up to the fair which takes place every October in Regents Park, London.
Its not the best fair if you’re just starting out as it is vast – and works can be more than a little challenging (and pricey – works can often be in the £millions).
Always plan ahead and book tickets in advance as they sell out each year https://frieze.com/fairs/frieze-london
*UPDATE JAN 2021: Frieze has announced Frieze 91, a membership programme for collectors that delivers a range of benefits *
Below are a selection of works that caught my eye at the 2017 fair: