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Special Edition: Frieze London #1
by ArtSlant Team


by Charlotte Jansen

Frieze has become synonymous with "modern and cool" – or so says The Guardian. Whoever is saying it, it is true that there will be fashion magazines snapping street style shots of the COS-clad (COS in fact being one of the partners of Frame this year, Frieze’s embyronic sibling) visitors. Frieze has built a brand that has made contemporary art "covetable", fashionable, and, the corollary would be, uninviting. So, what do London’s maverick art types really get up to during what is touted as the biggest week of the year for contemporary art in the capital? We asked some of them for their thoughts, opinions, insider tips and anecdotes from yesteryear. Droll, AWOL, or overloaded, the insights that came back do prove that Frieze is still just like Marmite: sticky and controversial.

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MONDO-ARTY HEART-ATTACK PARTIES: Suggestions for Useful Behaviour at Frieze

by Philippa Snow

Private views encourage drinking, and make you feel slightly smarter for doing it. That, as they say, is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know: stop yourself a moment short of sloshing champagne up your sleeve, and slurring about “contemporaneity” – blah blah yabber Spartacus Chetwynd – and you are golden, absolutely, at least with the other half-cut Big Talkers. Frieze, in particular, is a platform for this dopey-drunken talk; negotiating the thing requires a certain level of tact...

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For Murder in Three Acts, part of the 2012 Frieze Projects series, Aslı Çavuşoğlu is directing a professional crime drama crew in a live performance during the Frieze vernissage. ArtSlant's Ana Finel Honigman caught up with Çavuşoğlu to discuss the project:

AFH: Why is Frieze the right setting to present this project?

AÇ: Frieze Art Fair is one of the best places to make the legitimizing process visible as all the pieces being shown there are already recognized/accepted/interpreted artworks successfully placed in circulation. When seen alongside my project, all the art on view becomes part of my project. It is all part of my oeuvre, at the end...

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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/29/12

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