Frieze London & Sculpture 2021

The return of Frieze to Regent’s Park is symbolic for the “new normal” life, which literally means normal except that having two jabs of Covid vaccine and one N95 face mask when indoors. I understand someones are not happy with vaccines, and some not with masks. The two measures are surprisingly symbolic as well to the invasion of freedom, in a pandemic.

I am perfectly fine with both, and I hope to have a booster jab soon if possible.

Anyway, the change is there. Step 1 is no longer preparing the ticket and getting into the entrance. Instead, people head to the Covid checkpoint for a wristband.

CLEARED.

 

 

Once getting inside the big tent, it all became familiar again. Starting from left to right, aisle by aisle, walked through all the galleries and exhibitors, I normally spent a few hours for Frieze London alone. It is a perfect art trip in a rather comfortable setting. Then I would meet my colleague at the end and we took some notes and started again for some highlights.

 

 

Unfortunately, this time due to work error, it is only me – the photographer got the pass.

Do not come across to an exhibition like Frieze at your own, share the time and experience with a companion or colleague, as you are warned. I quickly got myself exhausted and exited to the food area for some drink and hesitated to go back. The consequence is, I forgot to take notes for the pictures, which  is usually my colleague’s job.

 

 

Therefore, in this article, the press release will be used later for your information. Luckily, you can still see the first-person pictures taken by me. More are published on Instagram @JUZIARTS

 

 

There are so many impressive works, as usual – much more than any other contemporary art exhibitions. I found myself very emotional with this installation. The slice of watermelon, the cherries and the flies, OMG!

Should be the same artist with the ice cream and flies sculpture currently sitting on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, is it? But I cannot confirm with you, because my colleague did not come and no notes taken!

Does it matter anyway? Just appreciate the beautiful artwork at this moment, if you do not intend to buy for your front garden. In the end, many of us visitors will buy nothing from this most prestigious art fair.

 

 

Just look into these beautifully finished paintings, sculptures and moving pictures, enjoy them, absorb inspiration from them for your life and work, talk with your friends or family about them. It is fairly enough, really.

 

 

That is probably why I highly and strongly recommend you, when and where possible, visit Frieze London every October. And also remember that the free outdoor Frieze Sculpture exhibition is just outside the tent.

 

 

Right, now let me finish this article by sharing the press release with you. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the information.

FRIEZE LONDON

A strong line up of galleries from across the globe will participate in the return of Frieze London, offering the opportunity to discover up-and-coming talent as well as engage with the work of the most important artists working today. The 2021 edition includes Sadie Coles HQ, Hauser & Wirth, Xavier Hufkens, Taka Ishii Gallery, Karma, Kukje Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, Mendes Wood DM, Maureen Paley, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Stevenson and David Zwirner. Alongside the main section of the fair, Focus is devoted to galleries established in the last 12 years and provides a platform for today’s most exciting emerging artists, participants include Arcadia Missa, Emalin, Empty Gallery, Instituto de Visión, Hot Wheels Athens, Edouard Malingue Gallery, PM8 / Francisco Salas, Proyectos Ultravioleta and Temnikova & Kasela.

Frieze London will once again foreground discovery, engaging with the next generation of European curators who are reshaping the discourse around contemporary art today. Unworlding, curated by Cédric Fauq (Curator, Palais de Tokyo, and incoming Chief Curator, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux) will feature a selection of international artists whose practices are centred around the idea of the undoing of the world as we know it. Unworlding will extend across the fair and include a major work by Nora Turato (Galerie Gregor Staiger), a video installation by Ndayé Kouagou (Nir Altman) and a monumental piece by Natacha Donzé (Parliament), amongst others.

Fauq said of the concept: ‘The undoing of the world as we know it – has potentially become our only way to exercise hope today, while shifting the perspective on what hope and progress mean. Through the use of fictional architectures, slow apocalypses and fictional scarcity, the artists gathered for Unworlding show us how pessimism can drive imaginative agency rather than lead to immobilism or the (re)production of the world we live in.’

This year’s fair also sees the addition of Editions, a new section showcasing the world’s leading publishers of editioned works and multiples by today’s most renowned contemporary artists including Paula Rego (Cristea Roberts Gallery), Yinka Shonibare (Cristea Roberts Gallery), Georg Baselitz (Knust Kunz Gallery Editions), Do Ho Suh (STPI), Julie Mehretu (Borch Editions), Frank Bowling (Paragon) and more.

 

Written by Ian

 

FRIEZE Art Fair

The Regent’s Park

London NW1 4NR

Dates

13 Oct 2021 — 17 Oct 2021

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