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Special Edition: Frieze London #1
by ArtSlant Team


The Frieze Sculpture Park with Daniel Barnes

The circus is coming to town. The tent is going up in Regent’s Park and the hordes of gallerists, collectors and devotees are moving in. It is time for the delicious and baffling spectacle that is Frieze London.

Frieze is a mysterious beast. It is a super-capitalist cattle market for the artworld to show off and trade its most prized specimens. It is also a cultural welter where big time collectors, small time crooks, celebrities and artworld groupies gather for the inevitable theatrics.

At the centre of this drama, ideologically separated from the bustle of the marketplace, there is a space of tranquillity...

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Philippa Snow on the art of dressing for Frieze

The Grayson Perry

Tapestry or embroidery, preferably British-made; the haunting expression of a mining-town nightclub singer doing The Green Green Grass of Home; hunting tweeds and a monocle, and the Billy-Bob™ teeth listed on their website as Megabucks AKA Tombstones; a "Class War" t-shirt; more Burberry than a soap-opera actress with a missing septum. Definitely not a big, babyish candy-pink dress if you are a man – that is Grayson's thing, and he does it best.

The Matthew Smith

Glitter, platforms and solid-gold-easy-action uniform; Marc Bolan's hair and a corresponding toilet-brush; paper-thin skin, as sung about – creepily – by The Sweet; illicit schoolyard fags; a mirrorball suit; an underage companion in hot-pants; a full George Michael costume, owing to an unfortunate misunderstanding about the venue and the nature of the performance.

The Rachel Whiteread

Boxy grey tailoring; yellowing perspex accessories; window-shaped peepholes; not a stitch, describing your naked body to fellow attendees as "a cast of the negative space inside your clothes."

The Banksy


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Although we want more, the estimated hours that we spend in bed during our lives is 227,468. Yet only a handful of artists use this universal and vital forum as inspiration for their art. Lili Reynaud-Dewar is among them, and her installation for the Frieze Projects section of the 2013 fair addresses the manifold ways that beds represent our secret selves...

AFH: How autobiographical is this project for you?

LRD: For the past year I have been making bedrooms pretty much everywhere where I have been invited to do an exhibition...

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Kon Trubkovich, Innuendo, 2013, oil on canvas, 84 x 72 inches; Image courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, (c) Kon Trubkovich; Photo credit: Jason Wyche. At Frieze London, Stand E2.

Georg Baselitz, Yellow Song, 2013. Bronze, 780 kg.310.2 x 149 x 108.5 cm (122.13 x 58.66 x 42.72 in). Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, at Frieze London, Stand F8.

Sandra Cinto, Emerald III, 2013, painting, 298 x 159cm; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, at Frieze London, Stand C10.

Katharina Fritsch, Muschel / Shell, 2013, sculpture, 21 x 31cm; White Cube, at Frieze London, Stand F7.


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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/16/13

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