Frieze week has crept upon us just as we welcome autumn. It is that time and week of the year again when most of London becomes a giant art gallery. The monied collectors, arts cognoscenti and uber-connected gallerists all breeze into town with their platinum cards in the hunt for that elusive art masterpiece.
However, Frieze is not just about the art. It is about fashion. The VIP parties. The small talk. And oh, the eye-popping prices. The 15th edition promises a lot of thrills and frills at its Regent’s Park pavilion. More than 160 leading galleries from 31 countries will showcase ambitious presentations by international emerging and established artists, enhanced by a curated programme of artist commissions, films and talks. New for 2017, Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery, London) will curate Frieze Talks for the first time, exploring artists’ response to an age of ‘alternative facts’, with speakers and performers including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Nástio Mosquito.
The 2017 fair will also feature a new themed gallery section devoted to the legacy of radical feminist artists, organised by Alison M. Gingeras (independent curator); and curator Ruba Katrib (SculptureCenter, New York) will co-advise on the Focus section dedicated to emerging galleries. Frieze once more coincides with Frieze Masters and Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park, together forming the heart of Frieze Week, widely regarded as the most significant week in London’s cultural calendar.
But be warned, there will be airport-style security with bags bigger than laptop-sized cases prohibited.
- Frieze Art Fair & Frieze Masters, 3—8 October, 2017